House Hearing on Climate Change Presents Sharply Different Views


  • Randy Showstack


With Republicans about to assume the majority and take over leadership positions in the U.S. House of Representatives when the next Congress convenes in January 2011, the House Committee on Science and Technology organized what may be the Democrats' last congressional hearing on climate change this session. Billed as “A Rational Discussion of Climate Change: The Science, the Evidence, the Response,” the 17 November hearing featured three panels of scientists focusing on the basic science of climate change and impacts of carbon dioxide (CO2) on temperature and ocean acidity.

In addition to the scientific information presented by witnesses, there was much back and forth debate, sometimes testy, among panelists with sharply different perspectives. Comments from the House members ranged across the board, from trying to set a tone of objectivity to impassioned remarks.