To receive testimony from Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Department of Agriculture on "The State of the Rural Economy"

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 15:00:00 GMT

Witness: Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Department of Agriculture

The State of Climate Science and Why it Matters

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:00:00 GMT


  • Dr. Natalie M. Mahowald – Irving Porter Church Professor of Engineering, Faculty Director for the Environment, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University
  • Dr. Robert Kopp – Director, Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, and Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Jennifer Francis – Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center
  • Dr. Kristie L. Ebi – Rohm & Haas Endowed Professor in Public Health Sciences, Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) University of Washington
  • Dr. Joseph Majkut, Director of Climate Policy, Niskanen Center
  • House Science, Space, and Technology Committee 2318 Rayburn
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Healthy Oceans and Healthy Economies: The State of Our Oceans in the 21st Century

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Majority witnesses include

  • Carol Browner, Allbright Group
  • Beth Casoni, Executive Director, Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association
  • Angela Chalk, Executive Director, Healthy Community Services
  • Queen Quet – Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation
  • Dr. Deborah Bronk, President and CEO, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Minority witnesses include:
  • David Legates
  • House Natural Resources Committee
    Water, Oceans and Wildlife Subcommittee
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The Status and Outlook of Energy Innovation in the United States

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 15:00:00 GMT

Opening Remarks
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Chairman, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Sen. Joe Manchin, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Witness Panel 1
  • The Honorable Paul M. Dabbar, Undersecretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy
  • The Honorable Ernest Moniz, President & CEO, Energy Futures Initiative
  • Mr. Jason Grumet, President, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Mr. Jay Faison, Founder, ClearPath
  • The Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith, President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness
  • Mr. James F. Wood, Interim Director, Energy Institute, West Virginia University
  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee 366 Dirksen
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Climate Change: Impacts and the Need to Act

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 15:00:00 GMT

The Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on Feb. 6 at 10:00 a.m. in Longworth 1324 on the need to address climate change and its impacts on American communities, natural resources and economic well-being. A full witness list is available below.

As with all Committee hearings, the event is open to press and the public.

As part of Chair Grijalva’s efforts to learn more about how climate change is impacting the American people, he recently launched an online tool for the public to share climate change stories at Everyone is encouraged to participate in the conversation on social media with the hashtag #ActOnClimate.

Witness List

Panel 1

  • The Honorable Roy Cooper, Governor of North Carolina
  • The Honorable Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts

Panel 2

  • Dr. Kim Cobb, Professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ms. Nadia Nazar, Co-Founder, Associate Director, and Art Director, Zero Hour Movement, Co-organizer of the Youth Climate March
  • Ms. Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, UPROSE, Steering Committee Co-Chair of the Climate Justice Alliance
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. , President, Hip Hop Caucus, Member of the Advisory Board of The Climate Mobilization
  • Ms. Paula DiPerna, Special Advisor, CDP North America
GOP witnesses:
  • Judith Curry,
  • Derrick Hollie, offshore drilling advocate

Time for Action: Addressing the Environmental and Economic Effects of Climate Change

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 15:00:00 GMT

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) announced today that the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee will hold a hearing on climate change on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10 am in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing, entitled “Time for Action: Addressing the Environmental & Economic Effects of Climate Change,” is the first Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on climate change since 2013 when Republicans held a hearing critical of the Climate Action Plan.

“It is long past time for this Committee to begin seriously examining how climate change is affecting our communities, environment and economy, and take action to reduce its harmful effects,” Pallone and Tonko said. “The science has been indisputably clear for years now – climate change is real and caused by human activity including burning fossil fuels. We are committed to combating climate change and standing up for those left to suffer in its wake. This will be the first of many hearings on this growing global crisis.”

  • House Energy and Commerce Committee
    Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee 2123 Rayburn
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Business Meeting on Rules, Legislation and Nominations

Tue, 05 Feb 2019 15:00:00 GMT

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a Business Meeting to consider the following items:
  • Committee Budget Resolution (HEN19163)
  • Committee Rules
  • S.268, Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver Act (EDW19023)
  • S.163, Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and Protection Act
  • S.94, Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act
  • S.310, Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Act (MAZ19065)
  • PN 22, Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • PN 2, Nicole R. Nason, of New York, to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration
  • PN 80, Peter C. Wright, of Michigan, to be Assistant Administrator, Office of Land and Emergency Management, Environmental Protection Agency
  • PN 78, John Fleming, of Louisiana, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development
  • PN 79, John L. Ryder, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority
  • 6 General Services Administration resolutions
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee 406 Dirksen
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National Forum on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Communities of Color

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:00:00 GMT

National, congressional, community, and faith leaders will share ideas on how we can work together and ensure the Clean Power Plan creates health, wealth, and opportunity for low-income communities and communities of color.

From 9 to 11 am, at the National Press Club located at 529 14th Street NW in Washington, D.C.

RSVP here.

Rally to Keep Exelon Out of D.C.

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:00:00 GMT

Last month, D.C. scored a big victory when the Public Service Commission unanimously rejected Chicago-based energy giant Exelon’s attempt to take over Pepco. Their decision made it clear that this merger is NOT in the public interest. But our fight isn’t quite over.

Exelon has indicated they will try and push their bad deal through. Their first key step would be reaching a back room deal with Mayor Bowser and the D.C. Government. We won’t let that happen!

Next Thursday at noon, join us in front of the Wilson Building to show Mayor Bowser that we stand together against this bad deal – and we won’t let Exelon sneak it under the door at the last minute.

  • WHAT: Rally to keep Exelon out of D.C. (and our region)!
  • WHEN: Thursday, September 17th at noon
  • WHERE: In front of the Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • WHO: The Power DC coalition, you and all of your friends who live or work in downtown D.C.
  • WHY: We need all hands on deck to keep our victory intact—and to protect our electricity bills and our progress on clean energy from Exelon’s top-down, anti-renewable energy, nuclear-driven business model.


Just since August 24, hundreds of letters have been sent to Mayor Bowser urging her to stand firm—now it’s time to show our strength. We can protect D.C. residents from higher bills and keep our region heading toward cleaner, more efficient power.

Hill Briefing on Environmental Justice

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:00:00 GMT

As a part of the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change’s continual effort to advocate for environmental justice principles, we will be convening a briefing on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress and their Staff members. The purpose of this briefing is to provide Member and their Staffers with a brief history of the Environmental Justice movement, share concrete examples of environmental injustices and highlight opportunities to integrate environmental justice into the state planning process of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

Our panel will include influential members of the Environmental Justice Movement including
  • Ms. Monique Harden Esq., Advocates for Environmental Human Rights (LA)
  • Dr. Charlotte Keys, Jesus People Against Pollution (MS)
  • Ms. Sharon Lewis, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice (CT)
  • Dr. Nicky Sheats, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance (NJ)
  • Ms. Peggy Shepard, WE ACT for Environmental Justice (NY)
  • Ms. Kim Wasserman, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (IL)
  • Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, WE ACT for Environmental Justice (DC)
  • Rev. Leo Woodberry, Kingdom Living Temple (SC)
  • Dr. Beverly Wright, Deep South Environmental Justice Center (LA)

U.S. Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) is co-hosting this briefing with the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change. For more information, go to

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