National Academy of Science Icebreaker Report, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, September 26, 2006   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Don Young. "I do apologize to my Chairman, but he is not here right now and because my time is short, we are going to go ahead and start this fine testimony about icebreakers. I would like to welcome the witnesses: Mr. Mead Treadwell, an Alaskan, Dr. Bement, Rear Admiral Nimmich, and Dr. Jones. Welcome to the hearing. Personally, I will have to tell you I am extremely interested in the icebreakers, where they are stationed, what is the future, what are our plans, primarily because of the ''global warming.'' With all the negativism that is occurring, we also have to look at the positive side that there is a strong possibility that the northern part of our hemisphere will be connected with the European continent via water for year-round trade and traffic which would be a tremendous asset because we would be able to move product without the expenditure of fossil fuel which now occurs. In fact, it will be a bit shorter to the two greatest markets in the world which would be Russia and the United States. I am very much interested in what you have to present to me today. Again, I am a little bit concerned about the diminishing role. I would like to promote the role of icebreakers instead of diminishing the role, and I try to encourage the people in the Administration to understand that there is a future to look at, and we must not be dependent upon just other countries. We have to be deeply involved in the icebreaking capability." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Arden L. Bement, Anita K. Jones, Joseph L. Nimmich, Mead Treadwell, Bob Filner, Frank A. LoBiondo, and Don Young.

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