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Climate Change

As climate change grows in importance as a societal and environmental issue affecting the nation and the world, FYI is committed to covering climate research policy and funding. FYI tracks policy developments that have implications for the conduct of climate science and congressional oversight of federally funded climate science.

11 Oct 2006

There has been considerable activity in Washington during the last month regarding climate change.

6 Oct 2006

"Scientists have to engage."So said House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) at the recent Climate Institute's Washington Summit on Climate Stabilization. Boehlert, who will be retiring at the end of this session of Congress, has long been known for his straight talk on a variety of subjects. His speech offered an unusually clear review of the political outlook in Washington and the states, and the role that scientists should play. Selections of his address follow; paragraphs have been combined in the interest of space.

14 Dec 2007

Democrats and Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have widely divergent views on the Bush Administration's policies regarding climate change science. Each side issued reports this week whose conclusions could not have been more different.

26 Oct 2007

There has been considerable controversy this week surrounding testimony given on October 23 before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on climate change and public health. The draft testimony by Julie L. Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H. was reduced in length from twelve to six pages by the Office of Management and Budget following a review by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

22 Jan 2007

Last Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) delivered the Democrats’ national Address on the State of the Union. Reid’s speech focused on “critical challenges around the world America must confront.” Pelosi’s speech concentrated on domestic issues, including federal policies to strengthen R&D and global warming. Excerpts from Pelosi’s presentation follow:


31 Jan 2008

John Marburger, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, addressed the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting last month.

30 Jan 2008

Scientists representing the American Geophysical Union released a new statement on climate change on January 24th, that says, “Earth’s climate is now clearly out of balance and is warming.”The statement, an update of the AGU’s 2003 climate change position statement, says that when the scientific data related to warming is studied, “the human footprint on Earth is apparent.”  In releasing Human Impacts on Climate Change, the organization’s strongest statement to date on the impact of global warming, AGU president Timothy Killeen said, “the changes we’re seeing are best

28 Jan 2010

Last night President Barack Obama touched on many matters of considerable interest to the physics and science education communities in his State of the Union address: innovation, basic research funding, clean energy production, climate change, education, and nuclear weapons policy.  When the President sends his FY 2011 budget request to Congress next Monday, February 1, his specific intentions for many of these matters will be made clearer.  Of note will be the Administration’s request for science funding, which is a component of the total discretionary budget that the President announced h

30 Jun 2011

The  House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a divisive hearing recently  to examine the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) proposal  to create a Climate Service. Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) opened the hearing by  noting his “irritation” with the lead witness, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco,  whose written testimony was delivered to the Committee late. Said Hall, “The Committee invited NOAA more than three  weeks ago. It is truly appalling that this testimony was 26 hours late and is  27 pages.”