“What’s unique about this study, as compared to the many other studies that have been done about climate change, is that the request, first of all, comes from Congress, and it asks the question, what should we do? [It is] Policy-relevant advice on what should be America’s response…What is it that we really know, what is it that we’re not so sure about it? If we can make those things clear, I think that can be a substantial contribution to having American make the right choices in its response to climate change.”
Albert Carnesale, UCLA Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Public Policy, serves as chair of the Committee on America’s Climate Choices, a suite of studies requested by Congress and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The National Academies—National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council—enlist committees of the nation’s top scientists, engineers, and other experts, all of whom volunteer their time to study specific concerns.
The Committed convened a Summit on America's Climate Choices,  held March 30-31, 2009 in Washington, D.C. that provided an opportunity for study participants to interact with major thought leaders and key constituencies to frame the questions and issues that the study will address. Representatives from many levels of government, nonprofits, and the private sector participated to bring different perspectives, expertise, and questions to the discussion.
Four panels of experts will release consensus reports in late 2009, specifically addressing the following approaches:
A final report will be issued by the Committee on America’s Climate Choices in 2010.