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

Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingOvernight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine Democrats grill Army, Air Force nominees on military funding for border wall Bipartisan panel to issue recommendations for defending US against cyberattacks early next year 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 Murkowski The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Overnight Energy: Trump administration to repeal waterway protections| House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge| Administration takes key step to open Alaskan refuge to drilling by end of year Overnight Health Care: Juul's lobbying efforts fall short as Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes | Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism | Poll: Most Democrats want presidential candidate who would build on ObamaCare MORE (R-Alaska), chairwoman of the committee, and ranking member Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellWill Congress act to stop robocalls? Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Hillicon Valley: Trump reportedly weighing executive action on alleged tech bias | WH to convene summit on online extremism | Federal agencies banned from buying Huawei equipment | Lawmakers jump start privacy talks 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.