Hearings

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

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.

 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.

Witnesses:

• Alice Hill, Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
• Laura Lightbody, Project Director, Pew Charitable Trusts Flood-Prepared Communities
• Tim Kabat, Mayor, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Hearing Details

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
2:30 p.m. ET 
U.S. Capitol
Senate Visitors Center, Room 210/212

The hearing will also be livestreamed here: https://youtu.be/p1gKSrIVG3w

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CLIMATE CRISIS COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

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 low-income communities and communities of color that bear the brunt of our environmental burdens and discuss the unique climate change impacts they are facing as well as their vision for national climate change action.

Witnesses:

  • Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Co-founder and Executive Director, Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy
  • Michele Roberts, National Co-Coordinator, EJ Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform, and EJ4All
  • Celeste Flores, Lake County, IL Outreach Director, Faith in Place

Hearing Details:

Thursday, November 21, 2019
11:00 AM ET
U.S. Capitol
Senate Visitors Center, Room 210/212

Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately and adversely impacted by contaminated air, land, and water due to generations of economic and racial inequality. These same communities are already disproportionately experiencing the impacts of intensifying climate change, including more powerful storms and floods, more intense heat waves, more deadly wildfires, more extreme droughts, and other climate issues. Under the Trump Administration, EPA inspections of industrial facilities has fallen dramatically, which also puts these communities at an even greater risk.

 Witness testimony will be available here. Live video will be available here.

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

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, October 29 at 2:30 p.m. 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 top universities and government watchdog groups about anonymous funding of climate obstruction and what can be done to fight it, including how congressional oversight could be used to uncover the ultimate sources of the hundreds of millions of dollars in anonymous donations that flow to front groups, outside political spending groups, and trade associations to obstruct climate action.

Witnesses:

  • Justin Farrell, Professor, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies - Prepared Testimony
  • Naomi Oreskes, Professor, Harvard University - Prepared Testimony
  • Morton Rosenberg, Congressional Scholar, Project on Government Oversight, formerly of the Congressional Research Service- Prepared Testimony
  • Dylan Tanner, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Influence Map- Prepared Testimony

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
2:30 p.m. ET
U.S. Capitol
Senate Visitors Center, Room 200/201

For decades, giant corporations – from Big Tobacco to lead paint manufacturers to Big Oil – have used secret channels of influence to block action to protect the public from the harms caused by their products.  Scientists, activists, and watchdog groups have tracked those corporate misinformation campaigns, including how anonymous funding of corporate front groups and trade associations can be exposed and neutralized.  Witnesses at Tuesday’s hearing will discuss the latest research on dark money climate obstruction and what lessons can be learned from past efforts to combat corporate deceit.

Read more here: AmericaMisled: How the fossil fuel industry deliberately misled Americans aboutclimate change

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

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.”

Snow sports tourism, which contributes $20 billion annually to the U.S. economy, will have to contend with shorter seasons and reduced snow cover. The industry is already feeling the impacts: the Fourth National Climate Assessment found, “Increasing air temperatures have substantially reduced the fraction of winter precipitation falling as snow, particularly over the western United States,” and recent research suggests the U.S. snow season has shortened by 34 days since the 1980s.

Roughly 20 million people participate in downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling in the United States annually. Climate change will reduce participation in those sports and thereby threaten the roughly 190,000 jobs and $7 billion in wages generated by the winter tourism industry.

In addition to Schatz, members of the committee include U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.).

Witnesses:

Hearing Details:
Thursday, September 12, 2019
11:30 a.m. ET
U.S. Capitol
SVC-202


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

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 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.

“Elected Republicans are mostly awful on climate, but it wasn’t always that way, and it doesn’t have to be that way in the future,” said Chairman Schatz. “Conservatives across the country support climate action because of their faith, their commitment to fiscal responsibility, and their conservative values. I’m looking forward to hearing their views at our next hearing.”

In addition to Schatz, members of the committee include U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.).

Witnesses:

Hearing Details:
Thursday, July 25, 2019
11:30 a.m. ET
U.S. Capitol
SVC-212


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