Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), a top House Democrat, is urging the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Republican majority to hold a hearing that explores links between climate change and extreme weather.
The request, spelled out in a letter Friday, is a sign that Democrats and environmentalists hope to translate the recent record-setting heatwaves into political momentum for efforts to battle global warming.
It asks Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) to convene a hearing “on the recent wildfires and extreme weather events the United States has experienced and the role global climate change played in these events.”
A heat wave over 1% of the planet must be due to global climate change. As far as the Colorado fires go, the graphic below shows what happened. Most of the Colorado Front Range received heavy rain during the first week of June. Two places didn’t (red circles below) and they got hit by fires later in the month.
No doubt those red circles were caused by global climate change.