The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation will
hear testimony from Dr. Jane Lubchenco, nominated to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere at the U.S. Department of Commerce – also known as the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — and Dr. John Holdren, nominated to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.
It will be webcast here, following the completion of the Committee’s 10:00 a.m. Executive Session.
Tune in if you can, since these are two of the country’s leading experts on climate science — and two of the best explainers of climate science:
- Obama’s strongest message on climate yet: John Holdren to be named Science Adviser
- For NOAA head, Obama appoints yet another scientist who gets climate
Yes, they both have been told not to make news, so it could be as boring as Energy Secretary Chu’s hearing (see Chu: “On our current path, we run the risk of dramatic, disruptive changes to our climate system in the lifetimes of our children and grandchildren”).
Still, even that hearing had a fascinating and important exchange, if you listened until the very end (see Should Obama push a climate bill in 2009 or 2010? Part I, Does a serious bill need action from China?).
I will try to listen to most of it, but won’t be able to blog on it due to an all-afternoon meeting. I hope some of you will be able to watch, and maybe I’ll create an open thread for your comments.