US Congressional hearing on global warming in April

March 24th, 2008 - 11:25 pm ICT by admin  

Mumbai, March 19 (IANS) The energy independence and global warming committee of the US has announced that it will hold a Congressional hearing in Washington next month to focus on engaging developing countries like India in global warming solutions. Chairman of the House Select Committee on energy independence and global warming Edward Markey said in Mumbai Monday that there were no hospitals for “sick planets” and it was time to engage in some preventive medicine to reduce global warming pollution around the globe.

“In the past few years, the US and India have seen a dramatic increase in their use of renewable energy, but both countries can - and must - do more. They still face challenges in reaching agreements on energy and global warming issues. But it’s clear from our meetings with the Indian energy community that solutions exist that can enhance both countries’ economies and protect the planet,” he said.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in a meeting with key members of the Indian government and the energy business community, highlighted the need of major investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce global warming.

The US delegation held detailed discussions with key Indian business leaders about India’s rapidly growing energy needs and the challenges that the country faces in this sector.

Pelosi said: “Our delegation was very encouraged to hear that the leaders in the Indian business community believe that industry can be in the forefront of climate change and energy efficiency initiatives, rather than standing as a barrier to change.”

“This visit has strengthened our resolve to pass legislation as soon as possible to protect our planet for future generations and jointly find solutions to global warming,” she added.

Ranking member of the select committee, James Sensenbrenner said: “Climate change should be focused on viable technology that can be transferred in an economical way to everyday life, rather than more taxes and excessive regulation. We need to use new technologies and develop partnerships world wide in order be successful.”

In addition to Pelosi, Markey and Sensenbrenner, the Congressional delegation includes George Miller, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee of California, representatives Jim McDermott, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Anna Eshoo, Jay Inslee, Rush Holt and Hilda Solis.

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