National Security and Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities on Energy Cooperation, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, March 11, 2008 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of John F. Tierney: "Latin America's substantial energy reserves supply 28 percent of the U.S. petroleum imports and 95 percent of our natural gas imports. The Middle East, by contrast, currently provides 17 percent of U.S. oil imports. We have invited a panel of energy and security experts to be with us here today to examine all the issues surrounding energy in Latin America and to ask what challenges exist for U.S. national security and what opportunities can our country take to maximize Western Hemispheric energy supplies, to improve our relations with our Latin American neighbors, and to strengthen our national security. As noted by the title for this hearing, our energy relationship with Latin America is filled with both challenges and opportunities. Done correctly, I am hopeful that we can turn existing challenges into opportunities and create win/win situations." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David Goldwyn; Paulo Sotero; Ray Walser; Douglas and Sarah Allison; Christopher Shays; John F. Tierney; and Eric Farmsworth.
Serial No. 110-177
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