Sen. Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, is holding a field hearing near President Trump's Mar-a-Lago retreat on Monday to address the effects of climate change on coastal Florida.
It is a full committee hearing, which means the Republican chairman, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, has given it his blessing.
The hearing is already being touted by environmentalists as an important step in highlighting the problems of severe weather because of climate change on the Sunshine State, while underscoring Trump's efforts to roll back climate regulations.
"While President Trump rolls back climate action nationally, Republican and Democratic local elected officials see dealing with the consequences of climate change as imperative rather than political," the environmental think tank World Resources Institute said.
But the committee announcement did not use the term "climate change" or "global warming" to describe the focus of the field hearing. However, Nelson has said in the past, while supporting climate change legislation, that many of the problems the state faces in terms of flooding and coastal erosion are due to global warming.
The hearing, called "Extreme Weather and Coastal Flooding: What is Happening Now, What is the Future Risk, and What Can We Do About It?" will be held in West Palm Beach where Trump's retreat is located.
"The resulting impacts of coastal flooding, saltwater intrusion, storm surge and land erosion on Florida's coastal communities have prompted local governments to act," a statement from the committee read. "Following Hurricane Sandy, Palm Beach County restored over 20 acres of beach and sand dunes to protect shoreside communities from flooding and severe weather.
"Sen. Nelson will lead a discussion on the economic impacts of extreme weather and coastal flooding to communities, as well as future risks and efforts to address the problems," the committee statement read.
The World Resources Institute points out that local Republican officials support taking action to combat storm surge, which they blame on sea-level rise and other weather-related effects of global warming.
Many scientists blame the burning of fossil fuels for increasing the temperature of the Earth, resulting in sea-level rise, more severe flooding and increased drought.
"Sea level rise and coastal flooding driven by climate change pose real, significant risks to our residents and should not be politicized," said Republican Steven Abrams, a Palm Beach County commissioner. "... [T]his challenge presents Palm Beach with the opportunity to be the Silicon Valley of adaptation. To do so, we need to face this threat head-on by putting in-place workable solutions that keep our homes and businesses above water."
At the same time, many states are facing increased challenges from aging infrastructure, especially when it comes to water pipes and drainage, with billions of dollars needed to be spent on upgrades.