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Climate Change

As climate change grows in importance as a societal and environmental issue affecting the nation and the world, FYI is committed to covering climate research policy and funding. FYI tracks policy developments that have implications for the conduct of climate science and congressional oversight of federally funded climate science.

31 Oct 2014

A hearing last month of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee produced no surprises.  As expected, there was no evidence of any changes of opinion about the merits of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions.

29 Jan 1999

As reported in FYI #11, the American Geophysical Union on January 28 held a press conference to release a position statement on greenhouse gases and climate change. The full text of the statement is provided below. It is also available on AGU's Web Page at

29 Jan 1999

Before a standing-room-only gathering of reporters yesterday at the National Press Club in Washington, the American Geophysical Union released a position statement on climate change and greenhouse gases. Within hours, Vice President Gore released a statement responding to the AGU document.

19 Jun 2001

The day before he departed for Europe, President Bush, in a Rose Garden speech, called for more research into global climate change. Calling the Kyoto Protocol "fatally flawed," Bush said " I am today committing the United States of America to...develop with our friends and allies and nations throughout the world an effective and science-based response to the issue of global warming." He continued, " Today, I make our investment in science even greater." However, according to the National Journal's CongressDaily, many European officials have criticized U.S.

18 Dec 2002

The Bush Administration recently issued a draft strategic plan to guide its climate change research strategy and directions. Over a thousand scientists, government officials and other stakeholders, both domestic and international, gathered together December 3-5 at a workshop to review the draft plan and provide comments and suggestions. Additional public comments will be accepted through JANUARY 13, 2003.

26 Jul 2002

Hearings held two weeks ago by House and Senate committees revealed both consensus and conflict surrounding the Bush Administration's global climate change policy. With rare exception, almost all agreed that the world's climate had warmed. The causes of this warming trend and what should be done to counteract it remain in contention.

22 Dec 2003

As reported in FYI #163, on December 16 the American Geophysical Union released a new position statement discussing the scientific evidence for human impacts on global climate change. The text of the statement follows:

Human Impacts on Climate:

22 Dec 2003

Human activities - including adding to the concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere - are "altering the Earth's climate," according to a new position statement by the American Geophysical Union. The increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are likely to "remain in the atmosphere for hundreds to thousands of years," the statement continues, and "it is virtually certain that increasing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases will cause global surface climate to be warmer."

19 Nov 2003

Citing evidence suggesting that the Earth is already experiencing the impacts of climate change, members of the House Science Subcommittee on Energy challenged the White House's emphasis on climate change mitigation technologies with a long time horizon. At a November 6 subcommittee hearing, an Administration official testified that the federal government was supporting a diverse array of technologies for both the near- and long-term that would allow policymakers to decide what to implement "as the scientific certainty advances."

29 Jul 2003

Commerce Secretary Don Evans, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and OSTP Director John Marburger were among a panel of senior Bush Administration officials who released the "Strategic Plan for the Climate Change Science Program" at a July 24 briefing. Presented as the Administration's outline for the conduct of research into climate change, and not as a policy document, the report sets forth a lengthy series of research goals over the next ten years to guide and coordinate the activities of thirteen federal departments and agencies.