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Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
May 1, 2008


(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), will hold a hearing focusing on energy security and the environment in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) region on Tuesday, May 6 at 3:00 p.m. in room B-318 Rayburn House Office Building.

Oil prices and food prices are both reaching record highs—is there a link between the two? At the same time we are facing competing demands to feed the world, protect the environment, and keep economies around the world growing. This hearing entitled, “Clearing the Air, Feeding the Fuel Tank: Understanding the Link between Energy and Environmental Security,” will seek solutions to these questions by examining the environmental aspects of energy security, specifically looking at the role that environmental technologies can play in increasing energy security and combating climate change by reducing demand on hydrocarbon resources. Witnesses will discuss the role of alternative energy sources, including biofuels, and what policies are needed to ensure that alternative energy sources do not create secondary problems such as other types of pollution or food shortages. The hearing will also examine the prospects for developing countries in the OSCE region, and whether or not they can incorporate sustainable energy policies without harming their economic development.

This hearing reflects the culmination of a series of hearings on energy security held by the Commission, including “Pipeline Politics: Achieving Energy Security in the OSCE Region,” in June 2007 and “Energy and Democracy: Oil and Water?” in July 2007.


Dr. Jonathan Pershing, Director, Climate, Energy and Pollution Program, World Resources Institute

Dr. Richard Bradley, Head, Energy Efficiency and Environment Division, International Energy Agency

Ms. Jetta Wong, Senior Policy Associate, Agriculture & Energy Program at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute

Mr. Justin M. Lee, CEO, Nexsun Energy, Inc.

Dr. Alex Marker, Director for Research and Development, SCHOTT North America

WHAT: U.S. Helsinki Commission Hearing on Energy Security and the Environment

WHEN: Tuesday, May 6 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building

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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