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The Sciences

Climate Change Extravaganza Week Begins

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyApril 21, 2009 5:02 PM


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The plan in the House of Representatives is, apparently, to have a vote on global warming legislation before Memorial Day. To that end, this week an intense series of hearings begins before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, featuring some 70 plus witnesses, including top administration officials (Jackson, Chu) and other stars (Al Gore, John Warner). The full events roster is here. The House is, of course, the easy part--the Senate is where this legislation will really go to die (or thrive), and you have to figure that won't happen before summer (nice timing). Still, it just goes to show you that we have a hell of a year coming up for climate change policy. We'll be observing events closely here at the Intersection, and chiming in as needed....for now, I just want to maintain my tone of optimism. This law isn't just necessary--it's actually achievable. And passing it can, if we get there, be one of our finest hours.....

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