With the House recently passing the Waxman-Markey climate change and energy legislation, the Senate has returned from the July 4 recess and is scheduled to hold a number of hearings on climate change issues. The hearings began on Tuesday with the Environment and Public Works Committee hearing testimony from key leaders of the DOE, EPA, DOA, and DOI. Today the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold hearings that have an international focus. The Finance Committee will focus on international trade considerations and the Foreign Relations Committee will examine lessons learned from Europe pertaining to industrial competitiveness.