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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.

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Briefing: Global Warming Twenty Years Later: Tipping Points Near

Dr. James Hansen: The Climate Threat to the Planet

Select Committee welcomes Dr. Hansen on the 20th anniversary of his landmark Congressional testimony

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2008) – On the 20th anniversary of testimony that sounded the alarm bell on our climate crisis, the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming hosted pre-eminent climate scientist Dr. James Hansen for a briefing Monday on his vision of the climate challenge as it stands now.

In 1988, discussion of climate change was confined mainly to scientific journals. But on June 23, Dr. Hansen was the lead witness at a hearing of the Senate Energy Committee to explore the issue. His testimony marked the first time a top climate scientist declared that global temperatures had risen beyond the range of natural variability. Since then, scientists from around the world have built an unassailable body of evidence that supports his 1988 testimony. Climate change now looms as a more immediate and serious threat than ever before and in need of swift, effective Congressional action.

WHAT: Select Committee Briefing featuring Dr. James Hansen, “The Climate Threat to the Planet”

WHEN: Monday, June 23rd, 2008 at 3:00 PM

WHERE: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

INTRODUCTION: Chairman Edward J. Markey

REMARKS:     Dr. James Hansen 


Dr. Hansen is welcomed by Chairman Markey

Hansen and Markey

Hansen and Markey

Dr. Hansen

Briefing room

Dr. Hansen

Dr. Hansen talks about sea ice melt

Dr. Hansen speaks of the youth movement to fight global warming

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