Bonamici Statement on Climate Science Hearing
Today the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee is holding the first meaningful hearing on climate change in years. The science is clear and the findings from the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Fourth National Climate Assessment are more than a wakeup call; they are alarming.
At a time when the world is facing record heat waves and droughts, more acidic oceans, rising sea levels, and a surge in other extreme weather patterns, we must fight for comprehensive policies to protect the health of our planet. Children, older adults, low-income individuals, and communities of color are disproportionately affected by climate change. We must do more to mitigate the consequences of climate change for vulnerable populations.
Climate change affects our entire economy and is inextricably linked with the need to create good-paying jobs. We must strengthen investments in resilient infrastructure to prepare for rising sea levels and avoid catastrophic damage from climate change. I will work with my colleagues on House Science Committee & on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to continue to highlight the consequences of climate change, the risks of inaction, and potential adaptation strategies. It's time for bold proposals to act on climate.