The Catholic University of America

Feb. 7, 2006

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski to Speak About Climate Change at Catholic University's Law School

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will deliver remarks titled "Climate Change: An Alaskan Perspective" at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law on Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at 4 p.m. She is expected to lay out for the first time in detail her analysis of the problem of climate change and to suggest possible responses to it.

As national debate grows hotter over the issue of planetary warming, federal lawmakers are taking a closer look at initiatives to address the problem. Approaches differ, but most are grounded in the premise that alarm about climate change is based on sound science, that human activity contributes to the phenomenon, and that ignoring the growing climatic evidence is not a responsible option. Murkowski shares those views and will discuss how climate change already is manifesting itself in Alaska, as well as how to move forward to solutions.

Two Catholic University law school professors with strong backgrounds in environmental law, Lucia Silecchia and Heather Elliott, will respond to Murkowski's remarks.

A member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Murkowski chairs its Subcommittee on Water and Power, and also serves on the subcommittees for energy, national parks, and public lands and forests. Senator Murkowski has assumed leadership roles in the Senate, serving as a deputy whip and as chairwoman of the class of new senators elected in 2002.

Senator Murkowski has been invited to deliver this lecture by the law school's Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture. It and will take place in the Walter A. Slowinkski Courtroom on the second floor of the law building.

The event is free and open to the public. Media coverage is welcomed.

MEDIA: For more information or to make arrangements for coverage, contact Tom Haederle in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5438.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,