Sound Science is Necessary To Understand Climate Change Says Stevens
November 15, 2007
Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee
on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, on Wednesday emphasized
the importance of using sound science in making policy decisions
related to climate change.
During the Commerce Committee
hearing Improving the Federal Climate Change Research and Information
Program Stevens said, "The United States is the world leader
in climate change research. We currently spend more on research
than any other nation in the world. Since 2001, Congress has
appropriated nearly $37 billion for climate change research,
technology, and incentive programs. In fact, much of this funding
was appropriated during my term as Chairman of the Appropriations
Stevens said, "A robust research program is essential because
any decision about the mitigation and prevention of climate change
must be based on sound science."
"In Alaska we have already begun to see the effects of climate
change. This is especially true along our Arctic coast where
communities are literally falling into the sea due to erosion.
It is vital that we have the tools to allow these communities
to adapt," said Stevens.
"There is consensus that manmade carbon emissions have an
impact on climate change," said Stevens. He said, "This,
along with the need to achieve energy independence, is why I
support raising the corporate average fuel economy standard.
However, there is no agreement on how much of an influence these
emissions carry." Stevens said, "Sound science will
help to resolve this question and avoid making policy decisions
that can be unnecessary and burdensome."
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