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Climate Science in the Political Arena

Select Committee hearing to examine attacks against climate scientists

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. 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 held a hearing to examine the intersection between climate science and the political process.  This hearing, entitled “Climate Science in the Political Arena,” featured prominent climate scientists, some of whom have been the target of these attacks. This hearing explored 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

OPENING STATEMENT: Chairman Edward J. Markey

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

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The witnesses at the hearing
The witness panel at the hearing.

Ralph Cicerone
Dr. Cicerone listens to witness testimony during the hearing

Dr William Happer
Dr. William Happer during the hearing.

Mario Molina
Dr. Mario Molina during the hearing.

Dr. Ben Santer
Dr. Ben Santer testifies before the Committee

Dr. Stephen Schneider
Dr. Stephen Schneider during the hearing.

Panel Members
Members of the panel during the hearing.

Committee members
Chairman Markey and Rep. Cleaver listen to witness testimony.

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