Sen. Maggie Hassan: I also understand Ms. King that you have not spoken publicly about your views on climate change. It’s an important issue to NHTSA, to the administrator role, because if confirmed you will be dealing with various issues, including CAFE standards, that will require you to strike a balance between industry needs and the needs of our country and our environment. So do you agree with the scientists and experts who overwhelmingly agree that human-caused climate change is real and needs to be addressed?
Heidi King: As an automotive and traffic safety regulator, you have my commitment to be data- and science-driven and thoughtful and transparent in all actions. And where it is necessary for us to consider climate impacts, which is very important to everyone, I will do so, relying on the experts I rely on, engineers, attorneys and others.
Hassan: And I’m going to ask you, do you agree that human-caused climate change is real and needs to be addressed? There is overwhelming data and science, and there is a vast group of scientific work that says that it does.
King: I agree that it’s very important for experts to speak on the issue. I apologize, I’m not a climate scientist. But I have great respect for the discipline and will listen to —
Hassan: And Ms. King, I will thank you for that. I’m not a climate scientist either, and I am very comfortable saying that the overwhelming amount of evidence that I read and have read over the course of, both as a private citizen and a public servant, not only suggests, but confirms that climate change is real. And I’m a little bit concerned, and I think other people will be too, that you seem unwilling to acknowledge that the evidence is there. So thank you. We’ll continue this conversation. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
King: Thank you.