Current Energy Security Challenges, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session to Receive Testimony on Current Energy Security Challenges, Jaunary 8, 2009 [open pdf - 318KB]
From the opening statement of Jeff Bingaman: "The Energy Independence and Security Act that we were able to enact here in the Congress increased fuel efficiency standards, set a new course for U.S. biofuels policy, developed a wide array of energy research and development programs in areas such as energy storage and enacted a large slate of new energy efficiency standards. The committee also got heavily involved in the America Competes Act legislation which set long term priorities to keep our country competitive in the world. Our President-elect Obama has committed to support these initiatives. He also, of course, has made energy a very high priority for his new Administration. We look forward to working with him on that. Today's hearing is intended to give us the broad overview of these issues. The witnesses today are representing organizations that have spent a great deal of time in energy trying to devise blueprints and plans that we could follow in this country to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and meet our future energy needs in an environmentally responsible way. So we wanted to get the benefit of their views at the beginning of the legislative session before we went into the process of trying to craft legislation to address these issues." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Kit Batten, Jeff Bingaman, Karen A. Harbert, Lisa Murkowski, Dianne R. Nielson, and Eric Schwartz.
S. Hrg. 111-2; Senate Hearing 111-2
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