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

Senate Democrats Seek Input From Public On Climate Impacts, Policy Solutions

May 22, 2020

WASHINGTON - Today, the members of the U.S. Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis published an open letter to all who are interested requesting input on how extreme weather and climate change are impacting communities, businesses, and families across the country, as well as policy ideas for tackling the crisis. "The committee has heard from a range of Americans from different walks of life about how climate change will impact individuals, states, communities, businesses, more...


Baldwin Leads Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis Outreach to Rural and Agriculture Stakeholders

May 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) led the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis in outreach to rural and agriculture stakeholders about the threats from climate change and extreme weather that they are facing today. In a letter to rural leaders and agriculture stakeholders, Baldwin and the Special Committee wrote: "As members of the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis and senators representing states across the country that more...


Senate Democrats Seek Input from Environmental Justice Leaders on Ways to Address Climate Change

December 9, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), members of the U.S. Senate Democrat’s Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, led 15 of her Senate colleagues in sending a letter to leaders of the environmental justice movement asking for input on policy that could help mitigate the impacts of climate change in low-income communities and communities of color that have borne the brunt of our environmental burdens for generations.

Please send all replies to the letter to EJ_Climatefeedback@schatz.senate.gov.

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Hearings

CLIMATE CRISIS COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON ECONOMIC RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

March 11, 2020

Washington, DC – On Thursday, March 12 at the U.S. Capitol, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will lead a hearing of Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis entitled, “The Economic Risks of Climate Change.”  The special committee, which is chaired by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and is affiliated with the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, will cover the sweeping economic consequences of climate more...


CLIMATE CRISIS COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

February 11, 2020

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, February 13 at 10:00 AM ET on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) will lead a hearing of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis entitled, “Understanding and Combating the Security Risks of Climate Change.” At Thursday’s hearing, the special committee—which is chaired by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and is affiliated with the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee—will hear from experts who more...


CLIMATE CRISIS COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON BUILDING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF EXTREME WEATHER FROM CLIMATE CHANGE

December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin will lead a hearing of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis entitled, “Better, Stronger, Smarter: Building Community Resilience in a Future of Extremes.” The special committee, which is chaired by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and is affiliated with the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, will hear from local officials and more...


CLIMATE CRISIS COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

November 19, 2019

WASHINGTON – Thursday, November 21 at 11:00 a.m. ET on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) will lead a hearing of Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis entitled, “Perspectives From The Front Lines: How Climate Change Uniquely Impacts Environmental Justice Communities.” At Thursday’s hearing, the special committee—which is chaired by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and is affiliated with the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee—will listen to leaders from more...


CLIMATE CRISIS COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON DARK MONEY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

October 28, 2019

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, October 29 at 2:30 PM ET on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) will lead a hearing of Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis entitled, “Dark Money and Barriers to Climate Action.”  The special committee, which is chaired by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and is affiliated with the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, will learn from experts at more...


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 more...


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

July 25, 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 more...


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

WASHINGTON - 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. cities. The mayors will discuss their cities’ efforts to cut carbon pollution and become more...