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 experts on how we can take action now to help communities rebuild after severe weather to be more resilient and better withstand the next disaster.
Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis Hearing: Better, Stronger, Smarter: Building Community Resilience in a Future of Extremes.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 2:30 PM ET
Senate Visitors Center (SVC)
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Hearing Chair - Prepared Opening Statement
Alice Hill, Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations - Prepared Testimony
Laura Lightbody, Project Director, Pew Charitable Trusts Flood-Prepared Communities - Prepared Testimony
Tim Kabat, Mayor, La Crosse, Wisconsin - Prepared Testimony
Natural disasters associated with climate change are already increasing costs for local governments, particularly for rebuilding infrastructure. Repeated rebuilding is not financially sustainable, so designing with resiliency in mind is essential as severe weather becomes more frequent and more intense. Communities must have resources and guidance to make proactive investments in the resilience of their community and rebuild more effectively.