Members Promote Climate Science on Capitol Hill



[1] With national debates raging on the future of U.S. energy policy, environmental regulation, and climate change, legislators need access to scientists and their research to make informed policy decisions. To help bring accurate climate science to lawmakers and connect scientists with Congress, AGU worked with eight other scientific societies to sponsor the first ever Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill. Thirty-six scientists who work on various aspects of climate science came to Washington, D. C., on 16–17 February 2011. They brought their research and expertise directly to Capitol Hill for this inaugural Climate Science Day—a day of meetings with legislators and staff to emphasize the importance of climate science research and to offer help and expertise in understanding the wide array of data and science behind climate change.