FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Greg Vitali
Pa. House Climate change hearing set for June 7
HARRISBURG, May 24 – The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee will focus on climate change at a hearing scheduled for June 7 at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.
"The purpose of the hearing is to help restart the conversation about climate change," said state Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware. "Climate change is the most important environmental issue facing the planet, but the conversation about it appeared to stop when the recession hit in 2008."
The hearing is being organized by Vitali in conjunction with House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Michael Sturla and host legislator state Rep. Michael O’Brien, D-Phila.
Penn State University geosciences professor Richard Alley will discuss the basic science of climate change.
Philadelphia Water Department Deputy Commissioner Christopher Crockett, University of Pennsylvania planning professor Jonathan Barnett and Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Science Director Danielle Kreeger will discuss the regional impact of climate change.
Operation Free Campaign Manager Lauren Wolfe will discuss national security implications of climate change.
Former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger and Center for Climate Strategies attorney Joseph Cullen will discuss policy options.
The hearing will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum located at 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia.
The public is invited to attend. However, public testimony is limited to written comments