U.S./India Energy Cooperation, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session to Examine United States and India Energy Cooperation in the Context of Global Energy Demand, the Emerging Energy Needs of India, and the Role Nuclear Power Can Play in Meeting Those Needs, July 18, 2006 [open pdf - 216KB]
From the opening statement of Hon. Pete V. Domenici, U.S. Senator from New Mexico: "The purpose of today's hearing is to examine recent developments in U.S./India Energy Cooperation. After committing to a framework exactly one year ago, President Bush and India's Prime Minister announced an agreement in March this year on civil nuclear cooperation between our countries. This is an historical agreement that I believe will lead to a strategic relationship between our great democracies. I'm pleased with the recent action taken by my good friend, Senator Lugar, of the Foreign Relations Committee to pass the U.S./India Civil Nuclear Agreement, withstanding bipartisan, strong bipartisan support. I encourage the Senate and Senator Frist to bring this measure to the Senate floor prior to departure of the August recess. In hearings that led up to the approval of the Foreign Relations Committee nonproliferation issues, issues related to sharing nuclear technology played a promising role. A related measure focused on U.S./India energy security. Cooperation did not receive the same level of media attention but it raises a very serious issue that we all became keenly aware of after the hurricanes hit our gulf coast last year and that is that human and economic toll that can result from a tight, inter-dependent world energy market reliant on energy sources that are subject to disruption. Energy security is not only a concern for the United States but for the developing countries like India, that has a population to surpass China in the next 50 years, an economy rapidly expanding with a growth rate of over 7 percent in 2005, resulting in increased energy consumption which is expected to double in the next 25 years. Our witnesses today will speak to the role of technological cooperation and industry partnerships to aid in developing options to meet future global energy demands while assuring diversified, proliferation- resistant energy sources." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeff Bingaman, Jim Bunning, Pete V. Domenici, R. Michael Gadbaw, Daniel B. Poneman, David Pumphrey, Paul Simons, Craig Thomas, David Victor.
S. Hrg. 109-692; Senate Hearing 109-692
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