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

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingHopes for DC, Puerto Rico statehood rise Government watchdog recommends creation of White House cyber director position Democrats step up hardball tactics as Supreme Court fight heats up 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 MurkowskiEnergy innovation bill can deliver jobs and climate progress Durbin: Democrats can 'slow' Supreme Court confirmation 'perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at most' Senate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election MORE (R-Alaska), chairwoman of the committee, and ranking member Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Key Democrat opposes GOP Section 230 subpoena for Facebook, Twitter, Google Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg acknowledges failure to take down Kenosha military group despite warnings | Election officials push back against concerns over mail-in voting, drop boxes MORE (D-Wash.), King said climate change impacts on the region must be discussed. 

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"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.