Members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee were forced to scrap today’s subcommittee hearing on global warming as a foot of snow begins to fall on the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Among the panelists scheduled to speak were Judith Curry, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology; William Chameides, dean at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University; and Bjørn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. Today’s hearing was scheduled to educate the subcommittee members on climate change issues in advance of the new carbon regulations that the president is expected to issue this year.
While Congress was in session Wednesday morning to finish up some votes, including the planned Senate vote on CIA Director nominee John Brennan, a new date for the hearing has not yet been announced. All other federal offices were closed Wednesday during the “snowquester.”
President Obama surprised many when he announced during his State of the Union last month that he was making global warming and climate change priorities on his legislative agenda in 2013. He had not campaigned on the issue last fall, and with gun control and comprehensive immigration reform becoming priorities for the administration it was believed that global warming would be put on the back burner for a while.
This is not the first time that weather has hampered attempts to promote global warming over the past few weeks. Last month’s “Forward on Climate” rally was also affected by cold, wet weather.