Rep. Waxman Speaks on GAO’s High Risk List and the Need for Federal Action

Feb 25, 2013
Press Release

Today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, spoke on the House floor as a member of the Safe Climate Caucus.  The Caucus members have made a commitment to talk every day on the House Floor about the urgent need to address climate change.
Rep. Waxman spoke out on the Government Accountability Office’s historic decision to put climate change on the High Risk List because of the serious threat it poses to taxpayers in the United States.
GAO’s action makes sense, said Rep. Waxman.  “Just look at Superstorm Sandy, the droughts, and heat waves we’ve recently endured.  Extreme weather events have cost our nation more than $180 billion over the last two years.”

Rep. Waxman said that these concerns led to the co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change writing to the Inspectors General for 69 of the federal government’s Departments, agencies, and commissions.  “We are asking for their help in assessing whether government entities are doing all they can to confront this threat,” said Rep. Waxman. 
The letters to the Inspectors General are available online here.