Commerce Committee Announces Witnesses for Hearing on Climate Change Impacts on Transportation

June 20, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announces the witnesses for a Full Committee hearing on Climate Change Impacts on the Transportation Sector. The full witness list is below.

The hearing will examine climate change research, mitigation, and adaptation efforts in the transportation sector, including both surface transportation and aviation. Witnesses will focus on the projected increases in freight and passenger traffic in each mode of transportation, the contributions of the transportation sector to address climate change, and the potential impacts of climate change on the nation's transportation infrastructure.

In addition, the witnesses are expected to address the status of ongoing research initiatives, challenges to further development of public and private climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, and the role of technology in such research initiatives and mitigation and adaptation strategies.    

Climate Change Impacts on the Transportation Sector
Full Committee
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
10:30 a.m.
Location:  Room 253, Russell Senate Office Building

Panel One
The Honorable Thomas J. Barrett,
Deputy Secretary, Department of Transportation

Dr. James M. Turner, Acting Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. Thomas C. Peterson, Senior Scientist, National Climatic Data Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Panel Two
The Honorable John D. Porcari,
Chair, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Climate Change Technical Assistance Program, Secretary of Transportation of Maryland

Dr. G. Edward Dickey, Affiliate Professor of Economics, Loyola College in Maryland, on behalf of the National Research Council

Mr. David Friedman, Research Director, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

Mr. Edward R. Hamberger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Railroads

Mr. James C. May, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Transport Association

Mr. Mead Treadwell, Chairman, Arctic Research Commission