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FAS honors Mark D. Levine with 2008 Public Service Award
Date:9/17/2008

he many contributions made that enhance the collaboration between experts in the U.S. and China. "It is extremely important to promote clean technology policies here and abroad that result in buildings, industry, and motor vehicles that are safe, affordable and energy efficient."

In testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on August 13, 2008, Levine stated that there are misunderstandings in both China and the U.S. that cause both countries to miss opportunities for fruitful cooperation. Perhaps the greatest misunderstanding is the failure to recognize that China has in the past (1980-2000) and is again putting tremendous effort into reducing growth of energy-related CO2 emissions through the design and implementation of aggressive and innovative energy efficiency policies.

"Together China and the United States account for nearly 40 percent of current global energy-related CO2 emissions and have the largest potential to reduce emissions growth," said Henry Kelly, president of the Federation of American Scientists. "Solutions depend critically on both China and the U.S., and it is essential that the two countries work cooperatively particularly in energy efficiency. Mark Levine has been instrumental in helping both countries understand that efficiency technologies are essential for meeting energy and climate change goals at the lowest possible price."

"As long as China appears to do little to reduce growth of greenhouse gas emissions it will be politically difficult for the U.S. to sign an international treaty that commits to a serious cap on emissions. And as long as the U.S. appears to do little, China won't commit to any limits on its own emissions," said Arthur Rosenfeld, commissioner of the California Energy Commission and Chairman of the FAS Board of Directors. "It's a vicious circle that Mark and the China Energy Group are trying to break."

In addition to his continuing role in leading
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Contact: Monica Amarelo
mamarelo@fas.org
202-454-4680
Federation of American Scientists
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