Hearing on U.S. Re-Engagement in the Global Effort to Fight Climate Change (May 15, 2007)
Because of climate change, the United States' foreign aid and security assistance agenda will face new and difficult problems, and
the U.S. will need to re-engage with the international community in a constructive way
on both mitigation and adaptation. We currently focus on the 2 billion people at the top
of the global economic pyramid, but we also need to serve the 4 billion at the base of the
pyramid who could be the markets of tomorrow.
Leadership requires a vision of where we want to go as a nation. Taking strong domestic
action that stabilizes the climate of our planet and assures energy and economic security
for the entire world is a goal worthy of the United States. Congress has an important role
to play in re-establishing American leadership, in clarifying our national and international
policy, and in persevering long enough to show results.