Congress holds hearings, realizes climate change is upon us

It’s official: Congress has red-hot climate-change ants in its pants. As climate-related hearings in the House and Senate got rolling this week, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) demanded White House documents that could show scientific interference. With a new report by two NGOs citing more than 120 scientists who report fed-meddling with their climate work, Waxman — running his first hearing as chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — ain’t just whistlin’ “Oh Susanna.” In the Senate, Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) launched an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to review climate solutions from both sides of the aisle, with speakers including John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. Many noted the massive shift from debating the realities of the issue to finding solutions. “We are no longer just talking about how global warming will affect our children’s and grandchildren’s lives,” McCain said. “We now are talking about how it is already impacting the world.”