AGU recently helped the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform to organize the hearing by suggesting potential witnesses and outlining potential topics to explore, such as the global carbon cycle, rapid climate change, climate feedback processes, and satellite measurements. Climate change falls within the committee's broader interest in the federal government's programs on energy and resources. Four AGU members testified at a 20 July hearing.
In his opening statement, Committee Chair Rep.Tom Davis (R-Va.) said,“We are here today to acknowledge that too many elected officials have for too long been MIA [missing in action] on this issue. We hope to begin changing that. But first we need to step back and ask some basic but critical questions. Exactly what is climate change, and where are we with the science?”