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Senate committee to hear climate change testimony from noted WWU geology professor Don Easterbrook

Published on March 21, 2013

Sen. Doug Ericksen today announced that Tuesday’s meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee will feature testimony from Dr. Don Easterbrook, geology professor emeritus at Western Washington University.

The committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. in Senate Hearing Room 4 on the Capitol campus. Easterbrook’s testimony will address these six statements made in the original version of the governor’s climate-change bill:

  • Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities is the principal cause of climate change
  • Sea levels are rising at an increasing rate because of climate change
  • The state’s marine waters are becoming increasingly acidic
  • Winter snow packs and summer stream flows are decreasing because of climate change
  • The state is producing more electricity from renewable energy while phasing out coal-powered electricity generation
  • The frequency of severe storms is increasing because of climate change

This language was removed from the version of the bill that passed the Senate on March 13, but an effort is being made in the House of Representatives to restore it.

“As chairman of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, my goal from day one of this session has been to operate in an open, transparent manner and allow multiple views to come forward,” said Ericksen, GOP-Whatcom County. “Earlier in the session, the governor gave his side of the issue and now we’ll hear from an expert with a different viewpoint.”