On June 10 and 11 of 1986, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works commenced two days of hearings, convened by Sen. John H. Chafee (R-R.I.), on the subject of “Ozone Depletion, the Greenhouse Effect, and Climate Change.”

That’s the start of a Washington Post article, which notes that the hearing got front-page coverage in the Post and was also covered by other national papers, including the New York Times.

The 1986 hearings, and a similar set in 1988, had more dire predictions for temperature rise than we have actually seen, thankfully.

The hearings, as you’ll see from the title, also concerned the “hole in the ozone layer” that we have done a much better job of tackling, by cuting back on the use of CFCs. If only climate change was that straightforward.

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