Category Archives: Congress: Legislation and Oversight

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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Upcoming House hearing on Obama administration's climate change activities September 18

The House Energy and Power Subcommittee will hear from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at a hearing on "The Obama Administration’s Climate Change Policies and Activities" on September 18. The hearing comes two days before President … Continue reading

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The science behind EPA standards is clear

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology attacks the Environmental Protection Agency for lack of transparency and suggests that more scientific information is needed to develop standards for … Continue reading

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House Appropriations to mark up bill to slash EPA budget by 34% and kill carbon rulemaking

Demonstrating once again that their service to corporate interests and their fear of primary election challenges from right-wing candidates trumps their interest in governance, the Republican majority on a House Appropriations subcommittee is set to mark up a fiscal year … Continue reading

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Recalling an exchange with Sen. Lautenberg on the global warming disinformation campaign

Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, 1/23/24 - 6/3/13, R.I.P. I had the opportunity to answer questions from Senator Lautenberg about Bush administration political interference with climate science communication at a Senate hearing on Climate Change Research and Scientific Integrity in 2007.  The … Continue reading

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Undermining preparedness: flood mapping budget slashed

"The government’s response to the rising need for accurate [flood insurance] maps? It’s slashed funding for them," reports ProPublica. Washington's complicity in undermining preparedness for extreme events is bipartisan: Congress has cut the flood mapping budget by more than half … Continue reading

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