December 7, 2015

The Honorable Ted Cruz
Chairman
Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
512 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Gary Peters
Ranking Member
Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
427 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Cruz and Ranking Member Peters,

At a time when the world's political, civic, and business leaders are gathered to negotiate a global compact to address climate change, it is disappointing that the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness is holding a hearing intended to sew seeds of uncertainty about climate science. A more timely hearing would be one that focuses the nation's attention on actions that will help us to mitigate and adapt to rapid climate change.

The vast majority of scientists agree that the composition of Earth's atmosphere is changing rapidly and that humans are causing these changes. The resulting increase in global temperatures is having profound impacts on the planet's natural and human systems. These impacts are expected to intensify if climate change is not addressed. Many living systems are not able to respond to our rapidly changing environment. Species are being driven to extinction and the ecosystem processes we depend upon for such things as clean air and water are being disrupted.

The scientific evidence for the climate change we are experiencing is vast and can be found in the pages of the leading scientific and technical journals from around the world.

The scientific community encourages the Subcommittee to focus attention on the science that can help inform climate mitigation and adaptation.

Sincerely,

Robert Gropp, Ph.D.
Interim Co-Executive Director

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