State of Climate Change Science 2007, Hearings before the Committee on Science and Technology, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, February 8, April 17, and May 15, 2007 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Bart Gordon: "Well, good morning, and welcome to this hearing on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, Report on the current state of our knowledge on climate change. This is the first opportunity Congress has to examine the findings of this important report. The first warnings about the potential for climate change came in 1979 when the first international conference on climate change expressed the concern that human activity might lead to significant regional and global changes in climate. Now, almost 30 years later, increasing evidence confirms this warning is real. The importance of this report cannot be overstated. The Report provides overwhelming evidence that global warming is real and that human activity is the driving force. The Report's findings may be alarming, but it is not the work of alarmists. The Report's findings were endorsed unanimously by the representatives of 113 nations, including the United States, and it is the product of the work of nearly 300 scientists. In short, this is a unanimous, definitive statement that global warming is real and it is very likely that humans have contributed to it. […] The scientific experts have provided us with a diagnosis of the problem and a prognosis for our nation's health. If we continue along our current path, the prognosis is ominous. The scientists have done their job. Now, it is time for us, the policy-makers, to do ours." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bart Gordon, Ralph M. Hall, Jerry F. Costello, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Daniel Lipinski, Mike Ross, Russ Carnahan, Harry E. Mitchell, Vernon J. Ehlers, Randy Neugebauer, Nancy Pelosi, Susan Solomon, Kevin E. Trenberth, Richard B. Alley, Gerald A. Meehl, Nick Lampson, Cynthia Rosenzweig, William E. Easterling, Virginia Burkett, Shardul Agrawala, Roger S. Pulwarty, Stephen H. Schneider, Mark D. Levine, William A. Pizer, Steven E. Plotkin, and Roger A. Pielke.
Serial No. 110-2; Serial No. 110-20; Serial No. 110-30
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