The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, led by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), will hold will hold a legislative hearing on the following bills: H.R. 713 (Slaughter), the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Act, to establish the Niagara Falls National Area in the State of New York, and for other purposes. H.R. 754 (Cubin), to designate the National Museum of Wildlife Art, located at 2820 Rungius Road, Jackson, Wyoming, as the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States. H.R. 929 (Costello), the Land Between the Rivers Southern Illinois National Heritage Area Act of 2007, to establish the Land Between the Rivers National Heritage Area in the State of Illinois, and for other purposes.
Witnesses: Panel 1 Congresswoman Louise McIntosh Slaughter, NY-28 Congresswoman Barbara Cubin, WY-At Large
Panel 2 Janet Snyder Matthews, Associate Director, Cultural Resources, National Park Service
Panel 3 Robert Swenson, Associate Professor, SIUC School of Architecture, Southern Illinois University Carbondale Bob Emerson, Executive Director, Old Fort Niagara Howell Breedlove, Board Member, National Museum of Wildlife Art
"Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization Act of 2000" and "Asian Elephant Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2007"
The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans, led by Del. Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU), will hold a legislative hearing on: —H.R. 50, the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization Act of 2000, to reauthorize the African Elephant Conservation Act and the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994. —H.R. 465, the Asian Elephant Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2007, to reauthorize the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997.
Witnesses: Mr. Kenneth Stansell, Acting Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dr. Michael Fay, National Geographic Society Dr. Sybille Klenzendorf, Director, Species Conservation, World Wildlife Fund Mr. John Berry, Director, Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park Mr. Josh Ginsberg, Vice President and Chief of Conservation Operations, Wildlife Conservation Society
The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans, led by Del. Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU), will hold an oversight hearing on the Fiscal Year 2008 budget request for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Witnesses: Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.), Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere/Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce Honorable H. Dale Hall, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
USCAP is a group of businesses (Alcoa, BP, Dupont, etc.) and environmental organizations (Environmental Defense, NRDC, Pew Center, etc.) that have come together to call on the federal government to quickly enact strong national legislation to require significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Their report: A Call for Action.
The report advocates a cap-and-trade system plus R&D support with the following targets for GHG emissions:
- 100-105% of today’s levels within 5 years of enactment
- 90-100% of today’s levels within 10 years
- 70-90% of today’s levels within 15 years
- Chad Holliday Chairman and CEO , Dupont
- Fred L. Smith Jr. President, Competitive Enterprise Institute
- Jonathon Lash President, World Resources Institute
- Kevin Book Senior Analyst/Vice President, Friedman Billings Ramsey & Company, Inc
- Peter Darbee Chairman, CEO, and President, PG&E Corporation
- Harold G. Hamm Chairman and CEO, Continental Resources, Inc.
- Steve Elbert Vice Chair, BP America
The Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on January 30 regarding political interference in the work of government climate change scientists. In preparation for the hearing, Chairman Waxman and Ranking Member Davis have requested documents from the Council on Environmental Quality related to allegations that officials edited scientific reports and took other actions to minimize the significance of climate change.Witnesses
- Dr. Drew Shindell, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
- Mr. Rick Piltz, former Senior Associate, U.S. Climate Change Science Program
- Dr. Francesca Grifo, Senior Scientist and Director of the Scientific Integrity Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
- Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr., Professor in the University of Colorado’s Environmental Studies Program and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Evnvironmental Sciences.