Hearings

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


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

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. cities. The mayors will discuss their cities’ efforts to cut carbon pollution and become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. They will also discuss the role the federal government can and should play in helping cities achieve their clean energy goals and fight climate change.

“This hearing is about what cities across the country are doing to fight climate change,” Chairman Schatz said. “By bringing together our country’s mayors, we can understand how our cities are taking action against climate change and how the federal government can help.”

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:

*Witness list subject to change.

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
1:00 p.m. ET
U.S. Capitol
SVC-208


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