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"Support for NPR and the following message. Come from we work. How do you feel about your office is a just space for employees to work, or is it a space where your employees can do their best work from new HQ's two satellite offices with we work? You can find a space that works for you. Visit we dot co slash space matters to learn more now that Democrats control the house of representatives. They hope to use the platform to fight climate change. They say it is a top priority, and they are kicking things off with two hearings. Tomorrow NPR's Rebecca hersher reports congress basically stopped holding climate science hearings when the Republican party took control eight years ago. So Democrats are excited, and they're channeling a previous moment when congressional climate hearings were a big deal. Rafe Pomerance spent four decades as climate activist. Congressional hearings were essential to bringing climate change forward as an issue not only in the United States, but globally Pomeranz pushed for the first major climate hearing in the night. Nine hundred eighty S nineteen eighty six chaired by a Republican John Chafee from Rhode Island. There's the problem of ozone depletion. And there's the problem with the greenhouse effect and the climate change. It was news in that. The drama was news. There's a very real possibility that man either through ignorance or indifference or both is irreversibly altering the ability of our atmosphere to perform basic life support functions for our planet. I asked Pomeranz has that drama worn off. Oh, no. It's much more profound. We're seeing what was forecast back then become a reality. He says this week's hearings are important to make climate change real to citizens. The governors of Massachusetts and North Carolina will be testifying before the natural resources committee about sea level rise and their states and Brenda Equatorial of the union of concerned. Scientists is one of the witnesses testifying at the energy and commerce committee to hearings at the same time and governor. Coming into the one of the hearings. I think that's a really good sign. I think if something feels different to me this time around I'm hopeful this time acworth will wants to see congress voting on legislation show. Remind legislators that the US has the highest per capita carbon emissions in the world. I will remind the committee just how damaging it is to the US economy to allow global emissions to keep rising equity. We'll talk about extreme weather shorter growing seasons and longer droughts congressman role GRA Halbe of Arizona is chairing one of tomorrow's hearings. We're gonna talk about tying we're gonna talk about climate change. He hopes that will pave the way for the house to introduce legislation. More funding for climate studies. For example, he says he expects them across to disagree about how exactly to combat climate change hearings could start the process of ironing those differences out. But he says he doesn't see any evidence that congressional Republicans are on board. You know? I don't think there's going. Be universal agreement on a high bipartisan level to do anything about climate change and high level bipartisan agreement will be necessary of congress wants to pass big climate legislation, for example, a carbon tax what communists say is the most efficient way for the country to tackle global warming. Reformer? It says that kind of legislation requires both parties Democrats have tried market mechanism pricing before twice that didn't pass. So it doesn't work unless it's bipartisan that we'll see with the Senate in Republican hands. There's no clear path to passing any kind of sweeping climate