Climate Change: The Need to Act Now, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, June 18, 2014   [open pdf - 15MB]

This is the June 18, 2014 hearing on " Climate Change: The Need to Act Now," held before the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety of the Committee on Environment and Public Works. From the opening statement of Sheldon Whitehouse: "National defense leaders have sounded the alarm that climate change is a serious national security threat. There are also scientists, outdoorsmen, faith leaders, State and local officials and countless others demanding action. I understand that many of my colleagues are from States that depend on fossil fuels and have fossil fuel economies. They want to protect jobs in those industries. I get that and it is proper, but I also ask that they look at the other side of the ledger, the side of the ledger that affects States like Rhode Island. Our side of the ledger includes costs like damage to coastal homes, infrastructure and businesses from rising seas, erosion and storm surge, hospitalizations and missed school and work days for the families of kids suffering from asthma attacks triggered by smog, forests dying from beetle infestations and destroyed by unprecedented wildfire seasons, farms ravaged by worsened drought and flooding. Our side of the ledger counts too. Do not pretend we do not exist." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: William D. Ruckelshaus, Christine Todd, Whitman, William K. Reilly, Lee M. Thomas, Daniel Botkin, and Luther Strange.

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S. Hrg. 113-771; Senate Hearing 113-771
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