Hearings

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

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 change, about which our foremost economists, investment banks, asset managers, central banks, and credit rating agencies have sounded increasingly forceful warnings. 

EVENT:
Special Committee on the Climate Crisis Hearing: The Economic Risks of Climate Change

WHEN:
Thursday, March 12, 11 AM EST

WHERE:
U.S. Capitol
Senate Visitors Center (SVC)
Room 210-212 

WHO:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), hearing chair - Prepared Opening Statement

Dave Burt, Investor - Prepared Testimony
Bob Litterman, Kepos Capital; Chair, CFTC Climate Risk Working Group - Prepared Testimony
Sarah Bloom Raskin, former member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury - Prepared Testimony
Frédéric Samama, Head of Responsible Investment, Amundi; co-author of “Green Swan: Central Banking and Financial Stability in the Age of Climate Change” - Prepared Testimony

Witnesses will include an investor who accurately forecasted the 2008 mortgage crisis, the chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee, a former member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and the author of a major study of economic risks related to climate change from the Bank for International Settlements.

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

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 will provide insights on how the risks created by climate change impact our country’s national security. The witnesses will also describe the costs the Department of Defense (DoD) is facing and propose policies that can help solve the problems discussed.

EVENT:
Special Committee on the Climate Crisis Hearing: Understanding and Combating the Security Risks of Climate Change

WHEN:
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 10:00 AM ET

WHERE:      
U.S. Capitol
Senate Visitors Center (SVC)
Room 210-212

WHO:
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Hearing Chair - Prepared Opening Statement

Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips, United States Navy (Retired) - Prepared Testimony
The Honorable John Conger, Director, Center for Climate and Security - Prepared Testimony, Additional Documents
Andrew Holland, Chief Operating Officer, American Security Project - Prepared Testimony, Additional Documents

The Department of Defense (DoD) has long observed that climate change poses a risk to military readiness. During the hearing, experts will focus on two key aspects: threats to critical infrastructure and climate change as a threat multiplier. Extreme and more frequent weather events due to climate change, like flooding, droughts, wildfires, and storms, pose immediate threats to the safety of key military installations and training ranges worldwide. Additionally, the climate change crisis is considered a “threat multiplier” because it exacerbates the challenges nations around the world confront already, including infectious disease epidemics and armed insurgencies. It can also create significant, new challenges that overburden weak nation-states and spur social upheaval and conflict. 

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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.

EVENT:
Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis Hearing: Better, Stronger, Smarter: Building Community Resilience in a Future of Extremes.

WHEN:
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 2:30 PM ET 

WHERE:
U.S. Capitol
Senate Visitors Center (SVC)
Room 210/212

WHO:
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.

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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.

 

WHAT:
Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis Hearing: Perspectives From The Front Lines: How Climate Change Uniquely Impacts Environmental Justice Communities.

WHEN:
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM ET

WHERE:
U.S. Capitol
Senate Visitors Center (SVC)
Room 210/212

WHO:
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Hearing Chair - Prepared Opening Statement

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

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.

 

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

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 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.

EVENT: 
Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis Hearing: Dark Money and Barriers to Climate Action.

WHEN:
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 2:30 PM ET

WHERE:
U.S. Capitol
Senate Visitors Center (SVC)
Room 200/201

WHO:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Hearing Chair - Prepared Opening Statement

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

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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