Serial No. 111-3: The Climate Crisis: National Security, Public Health, and Economic Threats, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, February 12, 2009   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the opening statement of Edward Markey: "Today's hearing is the first of many the subcommittee will hold in the coming weeks as we work with Chairman Waxman and Ranking Members Barton and Upton to pass a comprehensive climate and energy piece of legislation out of committee by Memorial Day. We begin this process by hearing from a distinguished panel about the grave threats that global warming poses to national and global security, public health, and economic growth. These witnesses are here in part to purge whatever complacency remains after 8 years of climate policy founded on denial, obfuscation, and delay. The American people are ready for bold action, and they expect Congress to pass legislation that will create jobs, save consumers money, and protect the planet. There is now a robust scientific consensus that global warming is happening, that manmade greenhouse gas emissions are largely responsible, and that if we fail to dramatically reduce those emissions starting now, catastrophic impacts will result. This leads to the real question in this debate: Can we afford not to act? The human and economic costs of continued delay are staggering, whether it is villages falling into the sea in Alaska, flooding in the Midwest, droughts becoming harder, longer, and more frequent in the south, or crop failure and water scarcity feeding a genocide in Sudan. We know that changes brought on or exacerbated by human-induced climate change are happening. These impacts will threaten national and global security, endanger public health, and damage the American economy." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Edward J. Markey, Fred Upton, Henry A. Waxman, Cliff Stearns, John D. Dingell, Ed Whitfield, Michael F. Doyle, G.K. Butterfield, Steve Scalise, Jane Harman, Joe Barton, Doris O. Matsui, Michael C. Burgess, Jay Inslee, Joseph R. Pitts, Frank Pallone, Jr., Tammy Baldwin, Peter Welch, Eliot Engel, Jerry McNerney, Lois Capps, Donna M. Christensen, Gene Green, Daniel Schrag, Gordon R. Sullivan, R. James Woolsey, Kristie L. Ebi, Frank Ackerman, Patrick J. Michaels, and James L. Connaughton.

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