Oppenheimer testifies in Congress on the history of climate science

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019
by B. Rose Kelly

Professor Michael Oppenheimer provided a brief, thorough history of climate science at an April 9 hearing held by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on the Environment.

The hearing was part one of an examination of the historic scientific consensus about climate change, the role of the fossil fuel industry in spreading misinformation, and the economic consequences of policy inaction.

Oppenheimer is a climate expert at Princeton and a long-time participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which he cited in his testimony. He joined four witnesses at the testimony: Tim Wirth, former senator from Colorado; Jeffrey Sachs, university professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University; and Nicolas Loris, deputy director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute of Economic Policy Studies.

At Princeton, Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute, and director of the Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment, based at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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