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The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming addressed our nation's energy, economic and national security challenges during the 110th and 111th Congresses.

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What's Cooking with Natural Gas?: Hearing to Examine Fuel's Role in Global Warming Solutions

The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming held a hearing on what role natural gas can play in a climate-friendly energy future on Wednesday July 30, 2008. Natural gas plays a critical role in numerous sectors of our economy from home heating to chemical production to electricity generation to transportation fuel. With 3.4 percent of global natural gas reserves, the United States has the fifth largest reserves in the world.

Since a low in 1986, domestic consumption of natural gas has generally increased and its uses have broadened. Natural gas has especially become popular as a cleaner alternative to coal in the electrical utility sector and gasoline and diesel in the transportation sector. As Congress considers energy policies that will increase our energy independence and help solve global warming, understanding the role of natural gas in our economy and how it might contribute to energy policies is critical.

WHAT: Hearing of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming entitled, “What’s Cooking with Gas: the Role of Natural Gas in Energy Independence and Global Warming Solutions.”

WHEN: Wednesday, July 30, 1PM

WHERE: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

OPENING STATEMENT: Chairman Edward J. Markey

Aubrey McClendon, CEO, Chesapeake Energy
Clay Harris, CEO, Suez LNG North America
David Manning, Executive VP, National Grid
Rich Wells, Vice President Energy, The Dow Chemical Company
John German, Manager Environmental and Energy Analysis, American Honda
Mark Smith, Executive Director, Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States

Click here for full hearing transcript. 


Full video archive of hearing.


 Chairman Markey questions the panel members.

Congresswoman Solis' opening statement.

Congressman Cleaver's opening statement



Markey and Sensenbrenner


Solis and Herseth-Sandlin

McClendon and Smith

Harris and Manning

Wells and German

Committee Members

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