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1 Where do we go from here? A Congressional Perspective Ana Unruh Cohen, Ph.D House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming August 13, 2008

2 Cartoon by Marc Roberts for Nature Reports Climate Change

3 Cap-and-Trade Legislation Should Matter to You Shift to auctioning = new revenues Shift to auctioning = new revenues Opportunities for climate science Opportunities for climate science –Understanding catastrophic events like Arctic methane release, Greenland ice sheet melting –Are policies working? (in conjunction with periodic reviews) –Adaptation; increasing resilience both physical and economic Should not be a substitute but source of new funds for activities that support climate legislation

4 Expand Outreach Framework will be built in Energy and Environment Committees Framework will be built in Energy and Environment Committees Need to Cultivate Champions Need to Cultivate Champions Educate Leadership Educate Leadership

5 Cultivate Allies AAAS, AGU, GSA, etc AAAS, AGU, GSA, etc Academia Academia Public Health Groups Public Health Groups NGOs NGOs Water Utility Climate Alliance, African- American and Latino climate groups Water Utility Climate Alliance, African- American and Latino climate groups

6 If you come to a fork in the road, take it. -- Yogi Berra Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. -- Thomas Edison

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