Drought, Flooding and Refugees: Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change in the World's Most Vulnerable Nations, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection of the Committee of Foreign Relations, United States Senate, First Session, October 15, 2009   [open pdf - 217KB]

From the opening statement of Robert Menendez: "This hearing is about helping vulnerable developing nations adapt to the worst effects of climate change, not helping oil-wealthy nations get a windfall. Both the House climate bill and the Kerry-Boxer bill have funds designed to provide resources for nations who are most vulnerable to climate impacts. Such a fund is important for many reasons. The most obvious is that it is simply the right thing to do. Developed nations have created a planetary problem and we have a duty to help those who are being impacted. But it is also essential to our national security, and it is essential if we expect to achieve an international climate treaty. Unfortunately, it is an issue that I do not think has received enough attention in the United States Senate." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jim Ball, Bob Corker, Kenneth P. Green, Robert Menendez, Peter O'Driscoll, Charles F. Wald, and David Waskow.

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