Professor James Angel Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee

March 07, 2008

James Angel, Associate Professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, recently testified before the U.S. Senate Committee for Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs regarding three legislative discussion drafts to control excessive speculation in the commodity markets. Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member, Susan Collins, R-Me., heard the testimony.

Three proposals were put forth and are meant to bring relief to consumers.

Angel testified, "Our security faces serious challenges from energy and food price inflation. Various forces are involved in this inflation, ranging from production constraints and developing-country demand to interest rates and the value of the dollar." He outlined his analysis of the three proposals and summarized by saying, "For the long run, the best way to cut energy and related prices is for the U.S. to quickly adopt a serious and credible policy to transition permanently away from carbon-based fuels, especially those imported from unstable or hostile regions. This transition would pay large economic, national-security, and environmental benefits."

You can find more information regarding the hearing here:

Press Release from the Senate Committee

Hearing Webcast and Testimonies

About the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business
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About Georgetown University
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