The Devastating Health Impacts of Climate Change

Meeting Notes: 
This hearing will convene remotely using WebEx, which has been approved by the House, at the discretion of the Chairwoman, the witnesses, and other Members.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 11:00am

Chairwoman Maloney's Opening Statement [PDF]

Subcommittee Chairman Rouda's Opening Statement [PDF]

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, held a hearing on the health and economic impacts of climate change over the next century if we do not act immediately to limit global warming.

The Committee heard from Drew Shindell, a leading environmental expert from Duke University, who will reveal new data regarding the number of premature deaths we can expect in the United States without real action to curb climate change.

The Committee also heard from economist Michael Greenstone—a leading expert who released major findings today on the social cost of carbon and the costs and benefits of environmental quality; Neeta Thakur, a practicing pulmonary care physician with research expertise in the role of social and environmental stressors on asthma and COPD; and Renee Salas, an emergency medicine physician with research expertise in the intersection of climate change, health, and healthcare delivery.

The Committee heard from Michael Shellenberger, the founder and president of Environmental Progress, who was invited by Committee Republicans.


Dr. Drew Shindell
Nicholas Distinguished Professor of Earth Science
Duke University

Dr. Michael Greenstone
Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School Department of Economics
University of Chicago

Dr. Neeta Thakur
Medical Director, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Chest Clinic
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Renee Salas
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Michael Shellenberger (Minority Witness)
President and Founder
Environmental Progress

116th Congress