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Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Climate Change Assessments

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee is preparing to consider legislation that sets the structure for future programs to assess climate impacts and provide adaptation assistance. In structuring such programs, Congress should put sound science front and center.

U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program
The U.S. Global climate Change Research Program (USGCRP) produces periodic U.S. climate impacts assessments that reflect contributions from thirteen government agencies, including the Department of Commerce, Department of Interior, and NASA.  In crafting the legislation to amend this program, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee must ensure that future climate impacts reports and vulnerability and adaptation assessments continue to represent the breadth and depth of best available climate science.  Therefore Congress should require the continued involvement of the current thirteen government departments and agencies, as well as any others with relevant expertise on climate issues such as the Department of Homeland Security which oversees FEMA for example. 

Climate Adaptation Program
The proposed U.S. Climate Adaptation Program would provide assistance for three areas of adaptation: domestic adaption (including infrastructure, preparedness, and community planning), health, and natural resources.  For each area, an advisory committee would make recommendations to an oversight panel that would determine what adaptation activities to support.  To ensure that science plays an important role in guiding adaptation activities, Congress must ensure that membership of each advisory committee is evenly balanced between scientific experts and stakeholders.  Also, to ensure the thoughtful use of information presented by those scientific experts, stakeholder participants on adaptation advisory committees should represent a broad range of interests, including but not limited to state, regional, tribal and federal officials, businesses, and health organizations.   

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