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Hearings and Publications

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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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Global Warming Effects on Extreme Weather

California Wildfires, Midwest Floods, Other Events Prompt Question: What is Warming’s Link to Wild Weather?


In the aftermath of severe storms across America and throughout the world, and with Bertha strengthening to the first hurricane of the season, extreme weather is on the minds of people around the globe. And while storms, floods and droughts have always occurred, science points to our changing climate as having a real effect on the severity and frequency of extreme weather events. Extreme precipitation events have increased over North America over the past 50 years. For the past decade, the West and Southwest regions have experienced drought conditions which are impacting agriculture, and contributing to the wildfire epidemic in the Western United States.

On Thursday, Chairman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming will hold a hearing examining the links between global warming, extreme weather events, and how these events affect the world now and will in the future.

WHAT: Select Committee Hearing, “Global Warming Effects on Extreme Weather”

WHEN: Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 1:30PM

WHERE: 210 Cannon House Office Building and on the web at

OPENING STATEMENT: Chairman Edward J. Markey

Jimmy O. Adegoke, Ph.D, Associate Professor, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Heather Cooley, Senior Research Associate, Pacific Institute
Dr. Jay S. Golden, Director, National Center of Excellence, SMART Innovations for Urban Climate & Energy, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Angela Licata, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis
Dan Keppen, Executive Director, Family Farm Alliance


Click here for full hearing transcript


Full video archive of hearing.



Markey and witnesses


Cooley and Keppen

Dr. Golden



Dr. Adegoke


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