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This testimony was published by the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations following Joanna Lewis’s presentation before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity. This work is partially based on research from the initiative’s U.S-China Research Group on Climate Change.

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May 23, 2019

Clean Energy in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities for the United States

Author: Joanna Lewis

This testimony discusses the growing energy demands in Asia, as well as opportunities for the United States to help shape Asia’s clean energy future. For all countries, the transition to cleaner sources of energy is not just about climate change; this transition will lead to the creation of new, globally competitive industries. For all countries, the low carbon transition is an economic issue, a competitiveness issue, and a public health issue—not “just” an environmental issue. This transition does not have to come at the expense of economic growth. As global carbon emissions growth slows, economic growth has increased. In the United States, air quality has improved dramatically over the past two decades, even as the economy has expanded.

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