Office Of Science And Technology Policy Director Rosina Bierbaum's Letter On The Status Of The National Assessment Of Clima

Office Of Science And Technology Policy Director Rosina Bierbaum's Letter On The Status Of The National Assessment Of Clima

September 06, 2001

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Christopher C. Horner

Competitive Enterprise Institute

1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Suite 1250

Washington, DC  20036

 

Dear Mr. Horner:

 

The purpose of this letter is to explain the status of the national assessment of climate change sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program and to explain how the Administration is developing its policies on global climate change.

 

The national assessment, titled Climate Change Impacts on the United States: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, consists of an overview document of about 150 pages and a foundation document of about 600 pages. These documents were the product of the National Assessment Synthesis Team, an advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. As such, they are not policy positions or official statements of the U.S. government. Rather, they were produced by the scientific community and offered to the government for its consideration.

 

The formulation of a comprehensive policy addressing global climate change is an important priority for this Administration. Towards this end, the President has constituted a Cabinet-level working group to study this issue and assist in the development of such comprehensive policy. Among other things, this working group is conducting an extensive review of climate change science and technology, has commissioned and received a report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences on climate change science questions and uncertainties, and is carefully examining how best to address the challenge of climate change. The efforts of this working group will form the basis of government decision-making on the important issue of global climate change.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rosina Bierbaum

Acting Director

Office of Science and Technology Policy