Democratic Caucus to Focus on Climate Change

Posted March 16, 2009 at 4:14pm

Monday’s House Democratic Caucus meeting will include an in-depth discussion on climate change policy, a topic that aides said is coming up purely for educational — and not legislative — reasons.

In a statement, Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) said outside speakers will attend the 7 p.m. meeting to educate Members on climate change policy, an issue that lawmakers must address “immediately.— Because of the importance of the issue, “members of this Caucus must be educated about the policy options that are available and knowledgeable about the results of the path we choose,— he said.

While climate change is one of the Democrats’ top priorities, legislation to tackle the subject isn’t expected to advance in the immediate term. But a senior Democratic aide said Larson simply wanted to get Members up to speed on the issue.

Guest speakers will include Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University professor and longtime participant in the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Eileen Claussen of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change; Robert Shapiro of the NDN Globalization Initiative; Fred Krupp of the Environmental Defense Fund; Jeff Sterba of PNM; and Kimberly Corley, the U.S. senior adviser of CO2 and environmental affairs for Shell Oil Co.