“Climate change is a “threat multiplier”… because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we already confront today – from infectious disease to armed insurgencies – and to produce new challenges in the future. The loss of glaciers will strain water supplies in several areas of our hemisphere. Destruction and devastation from hurricanes can sow the seeds for instability. Droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of mass migration… These climate trends will clearly have implications for our militaries. A higher tempo and intensity of natural disasters could demand more support for our civil authorities, and more humanitarian assistance and relief.“(Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Peru, Oct. 13, 2014 https://dod.defense.gov/News/Speeches/Speech-View/Article/605617/
“Oversight Committee to Begin Key Hearings on Climate Change
Apr 4, 2019 Press Release
Kerry and Hagel to Testify on Tuesday
Washington, D.C. (Apr. 4, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, announced that the Committee will begin its efforts this Congress to examine the fight against global climate change with two key hearings next week.
The Committee will start with a hearing on the morning of April 9, 2019, to examine efforts to combat climate change and protect national security. The witnesses will be former Senators John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, who also served as the Secretaries of State and Defense, respectively. They led 58 prominent national security officials in sending a letter to President Trump on March 5, 2019, writing:
“[W]e are deeply concerned by reports that National Security Council officials are considering forming a committee to dispute and undermine military and intelligence judgments on the threat posed by climate change. … We urge you to trust and heed the analysis of your own national security agencies and the science agencies on which their assessments depend, including the 21 senior defense officials that have identified climate change as a security threat during your Administration. A committee designed to undermine the many years of work they have done will weaken our ability to respond to real threats, putting American lives at risk.” https://climateandsecurity.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/letter-to-the-president_senior-military-and-national-security-leaders-denounce-nsc-climate-panel_2019_3_05-1.pdf
In the afternoon, the Subcommittee on Environment, led by Chairman Harley Rouda, will continue these efforts with the first of several hearings this Congress. Tuesday’s hearing will examine the scientific consensus on climate change established in the 1980s, the role of the fossil fuel industry in spreading misinformation, and the consequences of policy inaction. The witnesses will be former Senator Tim Wirth, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, an economist, and Professor Michael Oppenheimer, a geoscientist.
These hearings follow multiple other hearings the Committee has already held this year on key issues of concern to the American people, including skyrocketing drug prices, the opioid crisis, reforms to voting rights and Executive Branch ethics, reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, and protecting consumers from carcinogens and other chemicals that cause decreased fertility, birth defects, liver disease, and cancer.
The Committee on Oversight and Reform is the principal oversight committee of the House of Representatives and has broad authority to investigate “any matter” at “any time” under House Rule X. In addition, House Rule X, clause 3(i) specifically charges the Committee with conducting oversight of “the operation of Government activities at all levels, including the Executive Office of the President.”
Since being voted into power in November, House Democrats have injected new energy and engagement into the battle against climate change, with hearings across multiple committees of jurisdiction, the establishment of a new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, and the introduction of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act of 2019.
WHAT: “The Need for Leadership to Combat Climate Change and Protect National Security”
WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 10 a.m.
WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building
WHO: The Honorable John F. Kerry The Honorable Chuck Hagel
A livestream of the hearing will be available here. https://youtu.be/5za7kNDyGfI
Subcommittee on Environment
WHAT: “Climate Change, Part I: The History of a Consensus and the Causes of Inaction”
WHERE: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building,
WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2 p.m.
WHO: The Honorable Tim Wirth
Professor Jeffrey Sachs
Professor Michael Oppenheimer
A livestream of the hearing will be available here. https://youtu.be/J-Nkq8UtSOo
Energy & Environment https://oversight.house.gov/news/press-releases/oversight-committee-to-begin-key-hearings-on-climate-change
Note that links to the earlier hearings are embedded at the original.