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Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
Media Contact: Shelly Han
March 10, 2009


(Washington, D.C.) Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), will hold a hearing entitled, “Green and Mean: Can the new U.S. economy be both climate-friendly and competitive?” The hearing will be on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 428A of the Russell Senate Office Building.

The hearing will examine the impact of climate remediation policies on carbon-intensive U.S. industries, and the need to create climate-friendly economic and trade policies. The hearing will also address how the financial crisis impacts the implementation of climate-friendly policies within the United States and among our major trading partners; and how U.S. leadership on climate change can effectively drive action in other countries, in particular the participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:

Mr. Robert Bradley, Director of International Climate Policy, World Resources Institute

Mr. Trevor Houser, Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Mr. Richard D. Morgenstern, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.




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