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

Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingRestoring our national parks would be a bipartisan win for Congress Restore our parks Renaming Senate office building after McCain sparks GOP backlash 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 MurkowskiKavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week Murkowski says she’ll wait until Ford testifies before making decision on Kavanaugh Alaska gov, lieutenant gov come out against Kavanaugh MORE (R-Alaska), chairwoman of the committee, and ranking member Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellPartisan politics at independent agency draws bipartisan rebuke Senators share their fascination with sharks at hearing Poll: Majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade 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.