Preparing for Climate Change: Adaptation Policies and Programs, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, March 25, 2009 [open pdf - 16MB]
From the opening statement of Edward J. Markey: "In the United States and the world, we must work together to successfully combat climate change. Mitigation, the act of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, will not be enough. Our country and other nations must also implement adaptation policies to respond to changes in our climate, in our ecosystems, and in our infrastructure. The many changes predicted in the national assessment are already happening, and they are happening faster than expected. An updated 2008 assessment of the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change documented many of these changes. According to the UN Panel, North America has experienced locally severe economic damage plus substantial ecosystem, social, and cultural disruption from recent weather-related extremes, including hurricanes, other severe storms, floods, droughts, heat waves, and wild fires. Whether it is the eroding coastal areas of Louisiana, Texas, or the Atlantic states, the floods in the Midwest, hurricanes in Florida, wildfires in California, or the loss of snow pack in the Pacific Northwest, I am sure that every member of the subcommittee has their own story of how a changing climate has affected their area. North America is not the only continent facing adaptation challenges. Internationally, low-lying island states like the Maldives could literally go under as sea levels rise. As a result, the president of the Maldives is considering purchasing land to prevent his population from becoming 'climate refugees living in tents for decades.'" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Edward J. Markey, Fred Upton, John D. Dingell, John Shimkus, Doris O. Matsui, Joseph R. Pitts, Gene Green, Michael C. Burgess, Jane Harman, Steve Scalise, Charlie Melancon, Joe Barton, Tammy Baldwin, Cliff Stearns, G.K. Butterfield, Thomas Karl, John Stephenson, Larry Schweiger, E. Calvin Beisner, Christopher Monckton, David Waskow, Callon Holloway, and Jay Inslee.
Serial No. 111-21
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