Sen. King: Climate impacts on Arctic are 'canary in coal mine'

Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump hits federally funded clinics with new abortion restrictions Dem senators ask drug companies to list prices in ads Overnight Health Care: Trump unveils plan to lower drug prices | Dem questions drug company's payment to Trump attorney | House panel unveils opioid proposals MORE (I-Maine) on Wednesday urged the Senate panel on energy to weigh the impacts climate change is having on the Arctic.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee plans to hold a hearing on the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council, which the nation will take over later this year.

In a letter to Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiKeeping Pruitt could cost GOP Congress, Trump in the fall Trump's plan to claw back spending hits wall in Congress GOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary MORE (R-Alaska), chairwoman of the committee, and ranking member Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellHillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers Twitter CEO meets with lawmakers to talk net neutrality, privacy Senate Dems urge Trump to remain in Iran deal ahead of announcement MORE (D-Wash.), King said climate change impacts on the region must be discussed. 

"As our climate has changed, no region has been impacted as significantly as the Arctic -- the changing Arctic is a canary in the coal mine for our planet," King said.

"As we assume the leadership of the Arctic Council, it is imperative that the United States develop a robust strategy for responding to changes in the Arctic."

King also said the committee should examine security interests, long-term infrastructure needs, and the impact on people of the Arctic during the hearing.