Not Going Away: America's Energy Security, Jobs and Climate Challenges, Hearing Before the Select Committee on Energy, Independence and Global Warming, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, December 1, 2010   [open pdf - 7MB]

From the opening statement of Edward J. Markey: "The national security threats from climate change are not going away. During the first select committee hearing, we discussed the drought-influenced Somali conflict that led to Black Hawk down. A warming world exacerbated a military hotspot. This September, we hosted the Pakistani ambassador to discuss his country's devastating floods. He discussed how his country diverted resources like helicopters away from fighting Al Qaeda to assist in the flood response. An increasingly destabilized climate will invariably lead to more of these destabilizing geopolitical events. The economic security threats stemming from America's lack of an energy plan are not going away. China is pushing ahead with clean energy investment along with other emerging technologies to capture and store carbon from coal. Twice as much money was invested in clean energy in China as was invested by the United States last year. As we heard from the private investment community, this move by China will attract trillions in private capital money that could be invested in jobs here at home in the United States. And China is not alone. Germany, Japan, South Korea, and other countries recognize that dominating the trillion dollar market of tomorrow requires foresight and public investment today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Edward J. Markey, F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., John Hall, Marsha Blackburn, Wesley K. Clark, Dennis McGinn, Peter Gleick, Richard L. Kauffman, Kenneth Green, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Kenneth Green.

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