Climate Change and Vulnerable Societies: A Post-Bali Overview, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, February 27, 2008   [open pdf - 691KB]

From the opening statement of Eni F.H. Faleomavaega: "In December of last year, I attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Bali, Indonesia. Negotiations at the conference were regarded as a necessary step forward for the world community, given that the Kyoto Protocol expires in the year 2012. However, negotiations prove and continue to be a challenge, especially considering that it remains difficult for the United States, developing countries which are major emitters and parties to the Kyoto Protocol to reach agreement on the nature of commitments. Divisions remain between developed and developing countries, and the United States, whose role is critical in my humble opinion, continues to reject mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Also, Australia announced at the Bali conference that it will sign the Kyoto Protocol, making the United States one of the few countries that has not signed on to the Kyoto Protocol. Being the only major country that has not signed the Protocol, I believe, how can the United States advance international cooperation on global warming and climate change?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Harlan Watson, Mason F. Smith, Charles Paul, Masao Nakayama, Marlene Moses, Ali'ioaiga Feturi Elisaia, Donald A. Manzullo, Stuart Beck, Raymond C. Offenheiser, and Eni F.H. Faleomavaega.

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