Gardner Chairs Subcommittee Hearing on Climate Science Research

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather, led a hearing today examining atmospheric science research and forecasting innovation. This hearing focused on research advancements currently being done on climate issues and the developments being made in climate science.

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NOTE: View Senator Gardner’s opening remarks here or by clicking on the photo above


Remarks as delivered


I call this hearing to order. I thank you to ranking member Baldwin for your work on the subcommittee. I look forward to serving with you and working with you in this capacity, and I thank you to the witnesses for being here today. 


I’d like to extend a special welcome to Dr. Waleed Abdalati from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences series which is based in Boulder, Colorado.


One of the many positive aspects of this opportunity for this hearing in the Senate is the ability to showcase the best of our great state, Colorado, and Dr. Abdalati is among the best in the country on issues related to climate science and I’m honored that you’d be here today and am thankful that you took the time to travel and join us. 


Today’s hearing is about atmospheric research and innovation. In short, it’s about the work that so many of our scientists are doing to combat the threat of climate change.


I believe in climate change. I believe in the consensus within the scientific community. I believe humans are contributing to climate change, and I believe we have work to do together to solve it.


Unfortunately climate change has become a partisan weapon used for more fighting than as a topic of serious discussion. In reality, there is unreasonableness on both far ends of the spectrum but much in the middle where we can agree. 


Last congress, I worked closely with my colleague Senator Gary Peters from Michigan, to pass the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, legislation that updated policies at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Science Standards and Technology. Both of those agencies do work applicable to climate science.


After 18 months of hard bipartisan work, we passed that bill into law. The first major science legislation to pass the Commerce Committee and into law in nearly a decade.


It’s going to take a lot of that kind of commitment and good will on both sides of the aisle to find reasonable solutions to climate change, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to find a path forward in that regard. 


While we’re investing huge sums of money into clean energy resources here in the United States we continue to work to reduce emissions.


I’m looking forward to hearing from the witnesses today about how the United States is investing in climate research, how it’s helping us tackle the challenge of climate change, and how we can be engaging others around the world in pursuing similar approaches to science. And with that, I’ll turn it over to Senator Baldwin.




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.