Oversight Committee to Hold Hearing with Top Experts and Examine New Data on the Health and Economic Impacts of Climate Change

Aug 3, 2020
Press Release

Washington D.C. (Aug. 3, 2020)—On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a hearing on the health and economic impacts of climate change over the next century if we do not act immediately to limit global warming.


The Committee will hear from Drew Shindell, a leading environmental expert from Duke University, who will reveal new data regarding the number of premature deaths we can expect in the United States without real action to curb climate change.


The Committee will also hear from economist Michael Greenstone—a leading expert who released major findings today on the social cost of carbon and the costs and benefits of environmental quality; Neeta Thakur, a practicing pulmonary care physician with research expertise in the role of social and environmental stressors on asthma and COPD; and Renee Salas, an emergency medicine physician with research expertise in the intersection of climate change, health, and healthcare delivery.


The Committee will also hear from Michael Shellenberger, the founder and president of Environmental Progress, who was invited by Committee Republicans.



Full Committee Hearing on “The Devastating Health Impacts of Climate Change”



Tuesday, August 5, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. ET




Dr. Drew Shindell

Nicholas Distinguished Professor of Earth Science

Duke University


Dr. Michael Greenstone

Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor

  in Economics, the College, and the Harris School

Department of Economics

University of Chicago


Dr. Neeta Thakur

Medical Director

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Chest Clinic

University of California, San Francisco


Dr. Renee N. Salas

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Harvard Medical School


Michael Shellenberger

(Republican witness)

President and Founder

Environmental Progress



A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.



116th Congress