Climate Change, Part IV: Moving Towards a Sustainable Future

Meeting Notes: 
This is a hybrid in person/remote hearing.
Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 2:00pm
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
"Climate Change, Part IV: Moving Towards a Sustainable Future”

Subcommittee Chairman Rouda's Opening Statement [PDF]

Chairwoman Maloney's Opening Statement [PDF]

Washington D.C. (Sept. 23, 2020)—On Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., Rep. Harley Rouda, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment, will hold a hearing, the last in the Subcommittee’s climate change series, to explore solutions to the climate crisis, including actions that can be taken by the federal government to support the transition to a green economy and increase competitiveness in the global marketplace.


Volume II of the Trump Administration’s own Fourth National Climate Assessment cautioned:  “Future impacts and risks from climate change are directly tied to decisions made in the present.”  As we face an unprecedented wildfire season and an above-average hurricane season, the hearing will examine innovative strategies adopted by state, local governments, and foreign countries and the importance of federal leadership in addressing the climate crisis.


In addition, this hearing will probe the economic opportunities as well as health benefits of a transition to a green economy and the importance of prioritizing the needs of vulnerable communities who have been disproportionately impacted by the country’s dependency on fossil fuels in this transition.


Robert C. Orr, Ph.D


University of Maryland School of Public Policy


Rachel Cleetus, Ph.D

Policy Director, Climate and Energy Program

Union of Concerned Scientists


Christopher Castro

Senior Advisor to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

Director of Sustainability & Resilience

City of Orlando


Reed Schuler

Senior Policy Advisor

Office of the Governor, Governor Jay Inslee


Kevin Dayaratna, PhD (minority witness)
Principal Statistician, Data Scientist, and Research Fellow
The Heritage Foundation

116th Congress