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CGEP Distinguished Visiting Fellow Paul Dabbar to Testify before US Senate on the Science of Extreme Event Attribution

Paul Dabbar, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University SIPA and Chairman and CEO of Bohr Quantum Technologies, will testify before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. The hearing will examine the nexus between climate change and the intensification of extreme weather events.

“Technology and policy innovation plays a critical role in driving down global emissions,” said Paul Dabbar, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at CGEP. “In the United States, collaboration among experts, universities, and the federal government, both at agencies and at the National Labs, has significantly advanced climate science. Prioritizing technology-neutral policies and fostering healthy competition are essential measures for lowering emissions and driving American innovation to new heights.”

Prior to joining the Center, Dabbar served as Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from 2017-2021. At DOE, he served as the principal advisor on fundamental energy research, energy technologies, science, and commercialization of technologies. He also oversaw key areas of research including basic energy sciences, nuclear and high energy physics, advanced computing, and fusion.

Additional witnesses include Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Chief Resilience Officer and Deputy Director Resilient Environment Department for Broward County, Florida; and Dr. Michael F. Wehner, Senior Scientist, Applied Mathematics and Computational Research Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The hearing will be live streamed at 10:00am ET on the Senate committee’s website. Dabbar’s testimony will be made available at on November 1.