S. Hrg. 110-228: Climate Change on Wildfire Activity, Hearing Before the Committee the Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session to Consider Scientific Assessments of the Impacts of Global Climate Change on Wildfire Activity in the United States, September 24, 2007 [open pdf - 257KB]
The following hearing is on increased wildfire activity as a result of global warming. The following is the opening statement made by Jeff Bingaman: "A report, released earlier this month by the GAO, reported that a group of experts convened by it and by the National Academies of Sciences, quote, 'generally agreed that the scientific community has reached consensus that climate change will cause forest fires to grow in size and severity,' end quote. That consensus is reflected in the fourth assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It concludes that, quote, 'An intensification and expansion of wildfires is likely, globally, and that--with that, an extended period of high risk--high fire risk and large increases in area burned in North America as a result of global warming.' […] wildfires have become larger, they've become more intense, they've become more difficult, and they've become more expensive to control in recent years. […] It's clear […] that climate change is driving the dramatic growth in wildfire activity, and that it is likely to get worse. A number of studies predict that global warming will increase the number of acres burned by wildfires in the United States by 25 to 75 percent by the middle of the century. […] This information is important to this committee because of our work on global warming and on wildfire policies. […] Along with rising temperatures, Federal wildland fire spending has more than tripled in less than 10 years. "Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Barrasso, Ann Bartuska, Susan Conard, Jeff Bingaman, Bob Corker, Larry E. Craig, Pete Domenici, John A. Helms, Ken Salazar, Thomas W. Swetnam, Jon Tester, and Ron Wyden.
S. Hrg. 110-228
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