About

Chairperson

The purpose of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis is to examine how climate change is affecting the country and the planet and to mobilize action and support for bold climate solutions.

Every state in the union is seeing the effects of climate change. It affects every industry, every business, and every American. We cannot wait for Republicans in the Senate to accept—let alone propose solutions to fix—climate change in a real way. That is why this Special Committee is an important step on the path to solutions in the U.S. Senate.

We need ambitious actions that are on scale with the problem, and that is what this Special Committee will review. The Special Committee will investigate, hold hearings, and issue findings on (1) how inaction on the climate crisis is harming the economic and national security interests of the U.S. and (2) how acting on the climate crisis presents significant opportunities for jobs, public health, and the economy.

The Special Committee’s duties are to:

  • Prioritize oversight and investigation of the efforts of special interests to foster climate denial
  • Convene meetings and conduct outreach with frontline communities impacted by climate change, as well as experts from the environmental, national security, and finance and economic development communities
  • Hold a series of hearings through 2019 and 2020, including expert witnesses and testimonials

Members

  • Schatz
    Senator
    Brian
    Schatz
    Hawaii
  • Baldwin
    Senator
    Tammy
    Baldwin
    Wisconsin
  • Bennet
    Senator
    Michael
    Bennet
    Colorado
  • Cortez Masto
    Senator
    Catherine
    Cortez Masto
    Nevada
  • Duckworth
    Senator
    Tammy
    Duckworth
    Illinois
  • Heinrich
    Senator
    Martin
    Heinrich
    New Mexico
  • Markey
    Senator
    Ed
    Markey
    Massachusetts
  • Merkley
    Senator
    Jeff
    Merkley
    Oregon
  • Smith
    Senator
    Tina
    Smith
    Minnesota
  • Whitehouse
    Senator
    Sheldon
    Whitehouse
    Rhode Island

Newsroom

Pro Athletes Impacted By Climate Change Set To Testify Before Senate Democrats’ Special Committee On The Climate Crisis

September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chair of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, will convene a hearing titled “The Fight to Save Winter: Pro Athletes for Climate Action” on Thursday, September 12 at 11:30 a.m. ET. The special committee, which is affiliated with the DPCC, will hear from professional athletes and learn how climate change impacts popular winter sports and outdoor recreation, in turn threatening jobs and harming the tourism industry.

“Climate change hurts our communities, our industries, and even our way of life. No one is spared,” said Chairman Schatz. “I look forward to hearing from professional athletes from across the country who are feeling the impacts of climate change and are ready to take action.”

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Republicans Who Support Climate Action Will Testify Before The Senate Democrats’ Special Committee On The Climate Crisis

July 23, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chair of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, will convene a hearing titled “The Right Thing To Do: Conservatives for Climate Action” on Thursday, July 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET. The special committee, which is affiliated with the DPCC, will hear from conservatives who are focused on climate action, and learn how they are working to decrease the partisanship surrounding this issue and find a collective path forward.

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Schatz Statement On Senate Democrats’ Climate Committee’s Meeting With Labor Leaders

July 19, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, Chair of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, released the following statement after the committee met with labor leaders yesterday.

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Hearings

PRO ATHLETES IMPACTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE SET TO TESTIFY BEFORE SENATE DEMOCRATS’ SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS

September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chair of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, will convene a hearing titled “The Fight to Save Winter: Pro Athletes for Climate Action” on Thursday, September 12 at 11:30 a.m. ET. The special committee, which is affiliated with the DPCC, will hear from professional athletes and learn how climate change impacts popular winter sports and outdoor recreation, in turn more...


REPUBLICANS WHO SUPPORT CLIMATE ACTION WILL TESTIFY BEFORE THE SENATE DEMOCRATS’ SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS

July 25, 2019

GOP Pollster Frank Luntz and Young Conservatives To Testify at Committee’s Second Hearing


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chair of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, will convene a hearing titled “The Right Thing To Do: Conservatives for Climate Action” on Thursday, July 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET. The special committee, which is affiliated with the DPCC, will hear from conservatives more...


WATCH LIVE: THE FIRST HEARING OF THE SENATE DEMOCRATS SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS WHERE MAYORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY DISCUSS CLIMATE ACTION AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

July 17, 2019

Watch the first hearing of the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis:

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chair of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, is convening a hearing titled “A Blueprint for Success: U.S. Climate Action at the Local Level” today, Wednesday, July 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET. The committee, a special committee affiliated with the DPCC, will hear from mayors of five U.S. more...