Category Archives: Congress: Legislation and Oversight

On wildfires, climate change, and politicians saying burn, baby, burn

A day after California Governor Jerry Brown declared a wildfire state of emergency, the President's Science Adviser John Holdren appeared in a video linking increased wildfires in the U.S. West to human-caused climate change. In response to urgent calls for … Continue reading

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Bipartisan push for stepped up natural gas fracking and LNG export

A bipartisan push for stepped-up natural gas production and export, via hydrofracking and more liquefied natural gas export terminals, was evident at a recent hearing held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Concerns about greenhouse gas emissions and … Continue reading

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4 Republican former EPA administrators call on Congress to take action on climate change

Exemplifying the proactive way authentic conservatives should be talking about climate policy, former Environmental Protection Agency administrators William Ruckelshaus, Christine Todd Whitman, Lee Thomas, and William Reilly -- all appointed by Republican presidents -- gave Senate hearing testimony last week … Continue reading

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House votes to direct the Pentagon to disregard climate change assessments

The U.S. House-passed 2015 Defense Appropriation bill apparently intends to have the Pentagon stop using leading scientific assessments of global climate disruption in national security planning. The Pentagon takes climate change and its impacts seriously and has included these issues … Continue reading

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House Science Committee majority plays out the politics of climate science denialism

At a May 29 House Science Committee hearing on the IPCC’s “process”, climate science assessment was collateral damage in the Republican war on greenhouse gas regulatory policy. The scientists on the witness panel seemed like they had been summoned mainly … Continue reading

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Upcoming Senate hearing on Keystone XL National Interest Determination

At a hearing March 13 on "Keystone XL and the National Interest Determination," the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear testimony from James Hansen, Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Gen. (Ret.) James Jones, … Continue reading

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John Holdren: Drought and Global Climate Change: An Analysis of Statements by Roger Pielke Jr

Obama science adviser John Holdren would not normally draft a 6-page rebuttal to statements about climate change impacts by a non-climate-scientist academic and blogger. But in this case Holdren was challenged in prosecutorial tones at a recent Senate Environment Committee … Continue reading

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Climate science-policy champion Rep. Henry Waxman to retire

With Rep. Waxman's (D-California) announcement that he will retire at the end of his current term, I'm reminded that, seven years ago today, I testified before this champion of climate science and policy when he held his first hearing as … Continue reading

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A call for congressional hearings on methane emissions from natural gas

The rate at which methane leaks into the atmosphere from natural gas production “is a critical question that we must answer,” say Reps. Henry Waxman and Bobby Rush, who have called on the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee … Continue reading

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On the government shutdown and climate research

"Every day, this shutdown is having adverse effects on a wide range of climate research across the federal agencies," we said to Climate Wire. "Rick Piltz, director of the Climate Science Watch program at the Government Accountability Project, added that furloughing … Continue reading

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