China's Environmental Challenges and U.S. Responses, Hearing Before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, September 21, 2021   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the September 21, 2021 hearing on "Congressional-Executive Commission on China," held before the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China. From the Opening Statement of Jeff Merkley: "The United States and China face many challenges related to the environment, from protecting air and water at home, to global action to address climate change. This hearing will expand the Commission's understanding of these issues at a critical time. We are less than six weeks before the world meets in Glasgow for COP26 [Conference of the Parties 26], the pivotal United Nations climate conference. The events of this summer demonstrate the ravages of climate chaos, from the deadly flooding in Zhengzhou in central China to raging wildfires and heat waves in the American West. And as the world heads into COP26, we face a stark choice: We can take urgent, bold, transformative action to transition to clean and renewable energy, or we can resign ourselves to ever-worsening impacts to our lives, our livelihoods, and our economies." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jennifer Turner, Jessica C. Teets, Emily T. Yeh, and Nyrola Elima.

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