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Climate change and renewable energy have been a focus of a senior U.S. Congressional visit to India led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to the Press Trust of India and other Indian news reports.

Speaker Pelosi said, "Our delegation was very encouraged to hear that the leaders in the Indian business community believe industry can be in the forefront of climate change and energy efficiency initiatives, rather than stand as a barrier to change."

"The spirit of innovation that has driven the economies of the United States and India and the spirit of cooperation expressed during our meeting will help our two countries find solutions to global warming. This visit has strengthened our resolve to pass legislation as soon as possible to protect our planet for future generations," she said.

The bipartisan delegation also met with Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (the winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with former U.S. vice president Al Gore), other global warming experts from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and with India’s special envoy for Climate Change, Shyam Seran, according to a TERI press release.
PTI reported that Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), the chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, announced that Congressional hearings in Washington next month will focus on how the U.S. can work with developing countries, including India, to address global warming.
Here’s a possible topic of inquiry for the committee: Why is the World Bank’s International Finance Corp. proposing to help finance a massive coal-fired plant in India (See Tata Ultra Mega Mistake: The IFC Should Not Get Burned by Coal) instead of using clean technology funds offered by the U.S. and other rich countries to underwrite zero-carbon renewable energy?

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