Energy and Water Development Appropriations for 2012, Part 7, Department of Energy, Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, March 15. 2011   [open pdf - 12MB]

This is the March 15, 2011 hearing "Energy and Water Development Appropriations for 2012" held before a Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: "This has been a tragic weekend. I know all of our hearts and prayers are with the people of Japan as they struggle to recover from the devastations they have suffered, a huge loss of life and livelihoods. Mr. Secretary, we all recognize that you do not control the energy sector of the United States--no one person does. But your voice, and the actions of this Administration, have the power to shape opinion and markets. Above all, you have the ability to put our country on a path to a sound, science-based energy policy. This was true even before Friday's earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan. […] Whether natural or manmade, we must be able to confront disasters or political realties in the Middle East by having a diversity of supply that doesn't leave us hostage to any one source. This nation is blessed with many energy options: unlimited coal supplies, natural gas, oil on shore and off shore, and companies and workers that are willing to tap them for us. Other companies and entrepreneurs are increasing our renewable footprint and we have, as a country, sun and wind resources and the ingenuity to develop them further. To the Administration's credit, after a 30 year hiatus, we are now committing more resources to a new generation of nuclear power."

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