Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change

The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change is co-chaired by Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Bobby L. Rush, and Earl Blumenauer and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Ed Markey, and Ben Cardin.  The purpose of the task force is to focus congressional and public attention on climate change and to develop effective policy responses to this urgent challenge.

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Releases Fourth Fact Sheet in Clean Energy Breakthroughs Series

August 1, 2014

The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change released the fourth fact sheet in the Clean Energy Breakthroughs series, examining emerging energy technologies and their importance to a clean energy economy of the future.  The fact sheet examines challenges of harnessing solar power, technologies for development, and the potential for use as alternative clean energy.

Major Corporations Discuss Climate Change with Bicameral Task Force

April 10, 2014

On April 10, 2014, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, hosted a roundtable discussion with representatives from five major corporations that are committed to acting on climate change.

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Hosts Military Leaders to Discuss National Security Impacts of Climate Change

March 13, 2014

The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change hosted distinguished military leaders on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the U.S. Capitol to discuss national security impacts of climate change. 

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change to Host Forum on National Security Impacts of Climate Change

March 12, 2014

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in SC-4 in the U.S. Capitol, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change will host distinguished military leaders to discuss the national security impacts of climate change.

Bicameral Task Force Releases Third Fact Sheet in Series on Grid-Scale Energy Storage

March 11, 2014

The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change released its third fact sheet to examine the progress being made on grid-scale energy storage as part of the Clean Energy Breakthroughs series.  This fact sheet examines the energy storage potential for Primus Power’s rechargeable zinc flow battery and Fluidic Energy’s rechargeable zinc-air battery.

Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Criticize Republican Leaders for Climate Change Response

February 20, 2014

Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Sen. John McCain and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich responding to their criticisms of Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent speech in Indonesia on the dangers of climate change. 

Bicameral Task Force Co-Chairs React to Final SEIS on the Keystone XL Pipeline

January 31, 2014

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Co-Chairs Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse commented on the State Department release of the final supplemental environmental impact statement of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  The statement includes projections of the carbon pollution impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline based on expected values for oil prices, tar sands production costs, transportation costs, supply-demand assumptions, and other pipelines, as well as projections of the carbon pollution impacts under alternative scenarios to account for the uncertainty in each of these factors.

Bicameral Task Force Co-Chairs Hear from Panel of Shishmaref, Alaska Natives on Impact of Coastal Erosion on Local Villages

January 14, 2014

Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, hosted representatives from the Alaskan village of Shishmaref to discuss how climate change is threatening their home.  Shishmaref is an Inupiat Eskimo village located on a small barrier island five miles from mainland Alaska.  It is one of more than 30 Alaskan villages that are falling victim to climate change-related coastal erosion, permafrost melt, and flooding.  About a dozen of these villages are in the process of relocating to less-vulnerable areas of Alaska.

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change to Hear From Alaska Natives Threatened by Coastal Erosion

January 13, 2014
 
Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, will host representatives from the Alaskan village of Shishmaref to discuss how climate change is threatening their home.  Warming temperatures are contributing to thawing permafrost and melting sea ice around the village’s island, making its shoreline more vulnerable to extreme erosion.  As a result, the entire community may have no choice but to relocate.
 

December 19, 2013

Following recent reports that John Podesta may be primed to push for “aggressive executive action on climate change” in his new role as White House counselor, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change released a white paper recommending concrete steps the Department of the Interior (DOI) should take in carrying out the President’s Climate Action Plan.

Bicameral Climate Task Force Co-Chairs Meet With NBA, WNBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, and USOC

November 21, 2013

The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change met with representatives from the NBA, WNBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) to discuss the effects of climate change on these leagues and the work the organizations are doing to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  The members also released written responses from the leagues to the Task Force’s request for views on actions the federal government could take to address climate change.
 

MLB, NBA, WNBA, NHL, NFL, and USOC to Discuss Climate Change with Bicameral Task Force

November 20, 2013

On Thursday, November 21, 2013, Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, will host representatives from five of America’s major sports leagues, as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), to discuss the effects of climate change on sporting activities and the work these organizations are doing to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Co-Chairs Release First Comprehensive State-Level Polling Data on Climate Change

November 13, 2013

Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, released new state-by-state data on Americans’ views on climate change.  The new polling data shows how Americans in different states view the issue of climate change and specific policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.  The data was prepared by Stanford University Professor Jon Krosnick.

Fact sheets detailing data for 46 states are available here.

Stanford Professor Jon Krosnick to Unveil New State-Level Climate Change Polling Data

November 12, 2013

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change will host Stanford Professor Jon Krosnick to discuss Americans' opinions on climate change.  Professor Krosnick will present new data on the opinions of people living in nearly all U.S. states on key questions related to the existence, causes, and threat of climate change, whether actions should be taken to address it, and opinions about specific policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Additional information is available online here.

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Applauds President Obama’s Commitment to Climate Change Resilience Preparation

November 1, 2013
 
The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change strongly supports the executive order issued by President Obama today to enhance climate preparedness and resilience for the United States.  This order firmly grounds Administration policy in the realities of climate science and acknowledges the variety of challenges that our country will face in coming years due to increasing erratic and dangerous weather patterns and events.
 

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Applauds Announcement of Climate Change Risk Assessment Project

October 9, 2013

The co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, and Sen. Edward J. Markey, sent a letter to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, and Tom Steyer to commend their Risky Business initiative, which will assess the potential impacts of climate change on each region and sector of the U.S. economy and provide information about how to calculate climate change risk.  The initiative’s three leaders announced their plans in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post.

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Applauds New EPA Power Plant Standard

September 20, 2013

The co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change applauded newly proposed limits from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on carbon pollution from new power plants.  The proposed rules would apply to coal and natural gas-fired power plants built in the future and would help reduce the carbon pollution that is contributing to global climate change.

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Holds Forum with Agriculture and Renewable Energy Leaders

September 12, 2013

The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change hosted a forum with agriculture and renewable energy leaders to discuss climate change and its impact on agriculture.  Agriculture is critical to the U.S. economy and is acutely vulnerable to climate change. 

Additional information is available online here.

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Releases Recommendations for the Department of Energy

August 6, 2013

The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change released a white paper recommending 20 concrete steps the Department of Energy should take in carrying out the President’s Climate Action Plan.  The recommendations include strengthening specific energy efficiency standards, accelerating the development and deployment of low-carbon energy technologies, expanding the use of energy savings performance contracts to save energy at federal facilities, encouraging reforms in state building codes and utility rate structures, maximizing the contribution of power marketing administrations, and analyzing the climate change impacts of liquefied natural gas exports.

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Hosts Climate and Wildfire Forum

July 29, 2013

On July 30, 2013, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change convened a Climate and Wildfires Forum with Firefighters, State Foresters, and the U.S. Forest Service.  Additional information is available online here.

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Releases Second Fact Sheet in Clean Energy Breakthroughs Series

July 26, 2013

The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change released the second fact sheet in the Clean Energy Breakthroughs series, examining emerging energy technologies and their importance to a clean energy economy of the future.  The fact sheet examines two grid-scale energy storage technologies: a compressed air technology and a rechargeable zinc battery.

The fact sheet is available online here.  

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Welcomes New Co-Chairs

July 25, 2013

The Co-Chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change applauded President Obama’s plans to address climate change by limiting carbon pollution from existing and new power plants, developing new fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks, and setting new efficiency targets for appliances and buildings.  The plan also provides financial assistance for carbon capture and storage projects and sets a new goal for the deployment of renewable energy on public lands.  Finally, the plan will help American communities prepare for the effects of climate change that are already occurring and will strengthen our nation’s leadership on international efforts to combat global climate change.

Bicameral Climate Change Task Force Calls on President Obama to Address Climate Change in Upcoming Meeting with Chinese President Xi

June 5, 2013

The Co-Chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change sent a letter to President Obama urging him to discuss  joint action to address climate change with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the upcoming summit in California.  The letter focuses on the opportunity for the United States and China to reach agreement to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are extremely potent heat-trapping gases. 

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Launches Clean Energy Breakthroughs Series

May 30, 2013

The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change launched a new series of fact sheets that will examine emerging energy technologies that could play a significant role in the clean energy economy of the future.  Each fact sheet in the series, entitled Clean Energy Breakthroughs, will examine a technical challenge, describe the opportunities it presents, and highlight new technologies being developed to address the challenge.  The first fact sheet in the series, available online here, examines the progress being made on grid-scale energy storage.  

Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Urge EPA to Reconsider Decision Not to Regulate Methane Emissions from Coal Mines

May 7, 2013

Representative Henry A. Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Bob Perciasepe urging the Agency to reconsider its decision not to regulate methane emissions from coal mines, the fourth largest source of methane emissions in the United States.  Reducing methane emissions could delay warming of the atmosphere and provide much needed time for the transition to a clean-energy economy.

Faith Organizations Sound Off on Climate Change

March 19, 2013

In January, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change wrote to over 300 businesses and organizations, soliciting their views on actions the federal government could take to reduce carbon pollution and strengthen our resiliency to climate change.  Today, the Task Force released the responses they have received from six faith organizations: the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; the Friends Committee on National Legislation; the Evangelical Environmental Network; the National Council of the Churches of Christ; and Interfaith Power and Light.

Bicameral Task Force Calls on Inspectors General to Ensure Federal Action on Climate Change

February 25, 2013

The co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, joined by new co-chairs Rep. Ed Markey and Sen. Ben Cardin, wrote to nearly 70 Inspectors General throughout the federal government requesting input on what each agency, government corporation, or independent establishment can do to confront the growing threat of climate change.  The letters ask for information on how each department or agency is currently responding to existing policies and directives that address climate change, as well as the authorities each office has, and potential steps they could take, to reduce emissions and strengthen the nation's resiliency to the impacts of climate change.

Bicameral Task Force Co-Chairs React to GAO Decision to Place Climate Change on the High Risk List

February 14, 2013

Every two years, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) releases its High Risk List, identifying the areas that pose the highest risk to the U.S. government.  Today, GAO announced that for the first time, it is adding the fiscal exposure resulting from climate change to the High Risk List.  In designating climate change as a high risk, GAO recognized that climate change threatens to inflict huge costs on the U.S. taxpayer, including damage to physical infrastructure, increased insurance liability, and disaster relief.  

Ranking Member Waxman Interviewed on C-SPAN's Washington Journal on Climate Change Policy

February 11, 2013

Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman was interviewed on C-SPAN's Washington Journal on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, to discuss new climate change policies and the creation of the Bicameral Climate Change Task Force.  The complete interview is available here:

 

Courtesy of C-SPAN

Bicameral Task Force Asks for Best Ideas to Address Climate Change

January 31, 2013

The co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, wrote to over 300 businesses and organizations, soliciting their views on actions the federal government could take to reduce carbon pollution and strengthen our resiliency to climate change.  The members have called for ideas for action that can be taken using the Administration’s existing authority as well as ideas that might need congressional approval.  The members wrote to groups representing a wide range of key stakeholders, including industry, labor, nongovernmental organizations, academia, business and trade associations, and faith-based and public health groups.

Bicameral Task Force Urges President Obama to Take Executive Action to Fight Climate Change

January 24, 2013

As their first order of business, Task Force Co-Chairs Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, joined by Rep. Ed Markey, sent a letter to President Obama applauding his recognition of climate change in his inaugural address, pledging to stand with him in the fight to address this issue, and urging him to develop a comprehensive climate change plan as expeditiously as possible.

Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Form Bicameral Climate Change Task Force

January 24, 2013

Following President Obama’s recent statement in his inaugural address that failing to respond to the threat of climate change would “betray our children and future generations,” Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse today announced the formation of a bicameral Task Force on Climate Change to address this important issue.