A Rational Discussion of Climate Change: the Science, the Evidence, the Response." The hearing will be held in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Wednesday, November 17, 2010. It will be interesting to see how rational it is given the lame duck status of Congress. But the line up of witnesses bears promise as they are mostly prominent scientists and other authorities testifying, mostly on the status of the science and impacts of not taking action.
Dr. Ralph Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences
Dr. Heidi Cullen, CEO and Director of Communications at Climate Central
Dr. Gerald Meehl, Senior Scientist in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research
Dr. Richard Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Benjamin Santer, Atmospheric Scientist in the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Dr. Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor in the Department of Geosciences and an Associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Richard Feely, Senior Scientist at the Pacific Marine Environment Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Rear Admiral David Titley, Oceanographer and Navigator for the United States Department of the Navy, Department of Defense
Mr. James Lopez, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Mr. William Geer, Director of the Center for Western Lands for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Dr. Judith Curry, Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology
Their written remarks should be posted on the committee web site above once they give testimony. The committee has already released a PDF of the hearing charter, which summarizes the topics each witness will address. It also provides some useful background on the state of climate science that I highly recommend everyone read.