S. Hrg. 108-351: U.S. Energy Security: West Africa and Latin America: Hearing before the Subcommittee on International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, October 21, 2003 [open pdf - 17MB]
Because U.S. energy independence is not achievable in the near term, America needs a comprehensive energy policy that recognizes the realities of our interconnected world and the linkages between political stability and energy security. Those realities vary from region to region. We cannot take a one-size-fits-all approach to this effort. The first hearing in April of this year on energy security focused on an overview of global energy security issues. The second hearing focused specifically on Russia and the Caspian Sea region. This hearing focuses on the impact of recent developments in West Africa, specifically in Liberia and Nigeria, and in Latin America, especially in Venezuela and Mexico. Witnesses in this hearing also comment on how the oil strikes against President Chavez in Venezuela have affected U.S. energy policy and how the geostrategic implications of continued political volatility in Venezuela could affect our economic and political interest in South America. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John R. Brodman, David L. Goldwyn, Chuck Hagel, Matthew T. McManus, Marina Ottaway, and J. Robinson West.
S. Hrg. 108-351; Senate Hearing 108-351
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