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The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming addressed our nation's energy, economic and national security challenges during the 110th and 111th Congresses.

This is an archived version of the committee's website, where the public, students and the media can continue to access and learn from our work.

Markey Statement on New NAS Reports

President of NAS to Appear at Select Committee Hearing Tomorrow

May 19, 2010 – Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), co-author of the House-passed Waxman-Markey energy and climate bill, and chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, today released the following statement on the new scientific reports released by the National Academies of Science:

“How many more warnings do we need from scientists before we finally act as a nation to cut the dangerous pollution we create by burning oil, coal and other fossil fuels? These new reports released today yet again show that we should have acted yesterday.

“Now that the House has passed the Waxman-Markey bill, the Senate must take similar action and complete their process by the end of this year. We have no more days, weeks, months or years to lose in the effort to create more clean energy and less carbon pollution.

“Tomorrow I will host the president of the National Academies of Science to discuss these findings and the harsh politics heaped on our climate scientists. The time for debate is over, the time for action is now.”

Information on tomorrow’s hearing is below:

Washington, D.C. – The scientists involved in the stolen climate emails from the University of East Anglia were exonerated by the British House of Commons and an international panel of climate experts, led by Lord Oxburgh. Yet even after these investigations found that nothing in the emails undercut the scientific evidence of climate change, attacks against scientists continue. Reports of harassment, death threats and legal challenges have created a hostile environment, making it challenging for actual data and scientific analyses to reach the public and policymakers.

On Thursday, May 20th, the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming will hold a hearing to examine the intersection between climate science and the political process. This hearing, entitled “Climate Science in the Political Arena,” will feature prominent climate scientists, some of whom have been the target of these attacks. This hearing will explore scientists’ ability to present data and information that can guide global warming solutions in a sometimes fierce political landscape.

WHAT: Climate Science in the Political Arena

WHEN: Thursday May 20, 2010, 9:00 AM

WHERE: 1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC and online.

Dr. Ralph Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences and Chair of the National Research Council
Dr. Mario Molina, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and Professor, University of California at San Diego
Dr. Stephen Schneider, Professor, Stanford University
Dr. Ben Santer, Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Dr. William Happer, Professor, Princeton University

PLEASE NOTE: The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was created to explore American clean energy solutions that end our reliance on foreign oil and reduce carbon pollution.

The Select Committee was active during the 110th and 111th Congresses. This is an archived version of the website, to ensure that the public has ongoing access to the Select Committee record. This website, including external links, will not be updated after Jan. 3rd, 2010.

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