Senate digs into climate bill at hearings this week
The Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Boxer, has been hearing from a wonk-studded cast of witnesses. Watch the final day of testimony via webcast on the comittee website, starting at 9:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 29. A few names and highlights to keep an eye out for:
Expect a “rah-rah climate bill!” day, as the only scheduled speakers are all in favor of strong climate legislation.
- John Kerry will kick things off.
- Obama admin folks will chime in with their perspectives:
• Energy Secretary Steven Chu
• Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
• Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
• EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
• Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Jon Wellinghoff
A hodgepodge of biz-group representatives, enviro leaders, think-tankers, and utility execs will speak on four panels: Jobs and Economic Opportunities, National Security, Utilities, and Adaptation.
- Dan Reicher, Google’s director of climate and energy initiatives, will be on the jobs panel.
- Former Republican Sen. John Warner — cosponsor of last year’s Lieberman-Warner climate bill — will join a number of military types on a “National Security” panel.
More biz types, green types, labor types, and think-tankers (from both the right and the left) will speak on panels about Moving to a Clean Energy Economy, Transportation, and Actions in Other Countries. Expect to hear some voices that aren’t very excited about strong climate action.
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