Environment
4:59 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hearing Examines Threats Posed By Climate Change

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing this afternoon to examine climate change threats. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse chaired the hearing.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse discussing climate change on the Senate floor.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse discussing climate change on the Senate floor.
Credit RIPR FILE

The hearing highlights the harm climate change imposes on the economy, people’s health, and natural resources. Whitehouse invited an economist, a businessman, and a Florida official among others to speak.

The hearing is meant to complement others in session by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Those EPA hearings focus on the proposed Clean Power Plan designed to cut carbon pollution from power plants.

These separate hearings take place as the White House releases a report about the cost of delaying action to slow climate change.