Eileen Claussen's Statement on Release of the Draft National Climate Assessment

Statement of Eileen Claussen

President

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

January 11, 2013

The release today of the draft National Climate Assessment is an important step in credibly documenting and raising awareness of the risks posed by climate change across the United States.

As mandated by Congress, the National Climate Assessment draws on experts across many disciplines both in and outside government to compile and evaluate the best available science on climate change and its potential ramifications.  Following a period of public comment, the final report will offer the most comprehensive assessment ever of observed and potential impacts on key economic sectors and all regions of the United States.

This assessment will provide a critical foundation for informed decision-making in both the public and private sectors on steps to manage climate risks by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening the resilience of communities and critical infrastructure.  Following a year of record heat, drought and wildfire, capped by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, a credible, comprehensive evaluation of the climate risks facings America is more urgent than ever.

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