Serial No. 107-35: Energy Realities: Rates of Consumption. Energy Reserves, and Future Options: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Energy, Committee on Science, United States, House of Representatives, One Hundred and Seventh Congress, First Session, May 3, 2001   [open pdf - 674KB]

From the opening statement of Roscoe Bartlett: "Today we will examine the extent of U.S. and world energy reserves and resources, our rates of consumption of energy and alternative forms of energy and energy use that provide options for the future. I believe this is a critical time in our nation's history. Not only do we face finite supplies of fossil energy, we also have limited financial resources available to invest in future energy technologies and infrastructure. With growing worldwide demand competing for those same limited resources, there is scant time for us to establish policies to make the transition to a truly sustainable energy economy. Our witnesses will discuss the extent of our fossil fuels and how quickly they will be consumed at present and future rates of consumption. Of course, rates of consumption in the future are subject to much speculation, as is the extent of the planet's remaining fossil energy. So I expect to hear a wide range of answers to these questions. [...] This hearing comes at a crucial time because many Americans are experiencing their first energy crisis, while for others the fuel crisis of '73 and '79 are a dim and distant memory. This summer will be a shock to many Americans. It is safe to assume that many of us will experience not only record high gas prices, but some of us will feel the effects of rolling blackouts and other inconveniences related to short energy supplies." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Roscoe Bartlett, Lynn C. Woolsey, Sheila Jackson Lee, Albert A. Bartlett, Suzanne D. Weedman, W. David Montgomery, Howard S. Geller, Henry A. Courtright, and Alexandra von Meier.

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