Transportation Investments for Solving the Climate Crisis
At 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will hold a hearing titled “Transportation Investments for Solving the Climate Crisis.” The hybrid hearing will be held in Room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building and via Zoom video conferencing.
Photos from this hearing are available here.
This hearing will explore how investments in transportation infrastructure can curb harmful pollution, increase climate resilience, redress historical inequities, and increase community quality of life.
"Will we continue the failing status quo, or once again transform and improve the way we live our lives? I think the answer is clear: we must respond with generational investments to help communities adapt and become more resilient to the challenges of the climate crisis at the same time that we modernize our transportation systems to cut carbon pollution and create new family sustaining jobs." - U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor
The committee will receive testimony from:
Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation. Kelliher has served as the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) since January 2019. She previously served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for 12 years, including four years as Speaker. Prior to joining MnDOT, Commissioner Kelliher spent eight years as the president of the Minnesota High Tech Association, chaired the Governor’s Broadband Task Force, and was a member of the Minnesota State Board of Directors.
Read Kelliher's testimony.
Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President, CALSTART. Van Amburg oversees all domestic and global work in advanced technologies for medium- and heavy-duty truck and off-road equipment at CALSTART, a national nonprofit focused on accelerating clean transportation. His teams operate projects such as incentive and demonstration programs in multiple states, including Illinois, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and California, as well as the High-efficiency Truck Users Forum (HTUF) with the U.S. Army.
Read Van Amburg's testimony.
Beth Osborne, Director, Transportation for America. Osborne leads an alliance of elected, business, and civic leaders from across the country working to ensure that states and the federal government invest in smart, homegrown, locally-driven transportation solutions. She was previously at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), where she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy managing the TIGER Discretionary Grant program, the Secretary’s livability initiative, and the development of the Administration’s surface transportation authorization proposal.
Read Osborne's testimony.
Robert Bryce, Visiting Fellow, The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity. Bryce is a Texas-based author, journalist, podcaster, film producer, and public speaker. He spent 12 years as a reporter for the Austin Chronicle. From 2006 to 2010, he was the managing editor of the Houston-based Energy Tribune. From 2010 to September 2019, he was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.