Geopolitical Implications of Rising Oil Dependence and Global Warming, Hearing Before the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, April 18, 2007   [open pdf - 16MB]

From the opening statement of Edward J. Markey: "Our energy policy has compromised our economic freedom, and the American people want action because they know that the price has become much too high. We know that we cannot simply drill our way to energy independence. [...] I have introduced a bill, H.R. 1506, which would require the combined car and light truck fleet to achieve 35 miles per gallon by 2018, which amounts to an average of 4 percent per year improvement, an increase that is mandatory over this first 10 years by ensuring that fuel economy standards keep pace with technological development. By 2022, it would be an increase to 40 miles per gallon. [...] At the beginning of February, the world's top scientists, as part of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, provided a scientific smoking gun that human activities were unequivocally responsible for global warming. Two weeks ago, their second report told us what happens when the climatic bullet hits; the developed world will bear the brunt--the developing world, rather, will bear the brunt of the collateral damage from our historic global warming emissions, but the United States will experience its own self-inflicted wounds, including threats to our national security and military readiness. Today we will hear the first congressional testimony on this critical issue. Generals and admirals who have spent a lifetime on battlefields are telling us that global warming is a major strategic weakness. So today I am introducing the Global Climate Change Security Oversight Act which authorizes a national intelligence estimate to assess the security implications of global warming to the United States and its military." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Edward J. Markey, F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., Jay Inslee, John Shadegg, John Larson, Greg Walden, Emanuel Cleaver II, john Hall, Candice Miller, Jerry McNerney, John Sullivan, Hilda Solis, Marsha Blackburn, Gordon R. Sullivan, Richard N. Haass, Carl Pope, Dennis McGinn, and R. James Woolsey.

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