After the brief tour, I arrived at the hearing room and watched as the room filled with what mostly seemed like legislative interns, photographers, and other interested parties. Soon the witnesses, which consisted of the CEOs of an energy company and a permitting company, a professor of sustainable real estate and urban planning, a senior advisor of an analysis group, and the Governor of Louisiana arrived alongside the senators leading the hearing. During the hearing, we heard statements from the senators and witnesses regarding climate change and its impact on infrastructure, as well as issues they believe impeded progress and the best path forward.
This hearing was thought-provoking, and it engaged my interest in climate resiliency and the importance of preparing our country and supporting communities most impacted by climate change. It was interesting hearing their different perspectives and trying to understand how the committee would use the information going forward. Although senators belonging to both parties presented their differing thoughts on the process of addressing climate change’s impact, it was relieving to hear they agreed on improving our nation’s infrastructure to combat its effects. I appreciate being exposed to the workings of these hearings and understanding the importance of discussing topics like climate change. I hope to continue to learn more about what our government is doing to address environmental issues and how they affect us as a nation.