Hearing: A 10 Year Outlook for Energy

TitleHearing: A 10 Year Outlook for Energy
Publication TypeHearing
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsKammen D
CommitteeCommittee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Energy and Water, United States House of Representatives
Legislative BodyUS House of Representatives
Date Published02/2007
KeywordsEnergy Outlook
Abstract

Chairman Peter Visclosky, Ranking Member Dave Hobson, and other members of the House Energy and Water Subcommittee, I appreciate your invitation to appear before you today. I am particularly thankful of Chairman Visclosky’s efforts to increase federal energy research, development and deployment spending, and hope that the hearing today firmly cements in the minds of all lawmakers the critical role that federal leadership will have to play in developing a national agenda that will make clean, affordable and secure energy our national priority.

I am grateful for the opportunity today to speak with you on the energy, climate, and security issues that face our nation and the planet. I am also particularly appreciative of the unusual and timely nature of this hearing. This country must assert leadership on energy issues, something that has been absent for far too long.

At the heart of my comments is the finding that leadership in protecting the environment and improving our economic and political security can be achieved not at a cost, but instead with political and economic benefits to the nation in the form of reasserted leadership both technologically and financially, through increased geopolitical stability and flexibility, andthrough job growth in the ‘clean energy’ sector. To accomplish these goals, not only will a comprehensive strategy – a plan – be needed (Augustine, 2005; Kammen and Nemet, 2005), but we must develop a balanced approach that utilizes ‘technology push’ and ‘demand pull’ mechanisms equally in the emerging clean energy sector.

Developing a balanced portfolio of energy research, development, and deployment projects (RD&D) is central to my testimony today, but I must stress at the outset that ‘technology push’ projects must be accompanied by ‘demand pull measures’. Among the most important demandpull options available to us today are renewable energy portfolio standards, low-carbon fuel standards, carbon taxes, and international collaborations designed to commercialize clean energytechnologies. I will feature each of these measures in the Appendices of this testimony.

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