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City Club of Cleveland - Congressman Nick Rahall
Congressman Nick Rahall, who serves as the chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources and vice chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, will highlight the difficulties in developing a comprehensive energy plan in an era of increased awareness of climate change and growing concern about rising energy prices.

For more than 30 years, Rahall has been a Congressional leader on mining-related issues and a veteran of every federal highway bill since coming to Congress. He is also an outspoken advocate for military veterans, access to affordable healthcare and education, and the protection of U.S. lands. Rahall was a key architect in the formulation of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century and has spearheaded legislation on multiple occasions to extend the Abandoned Mine Reclamation program.

Rahall is the author of the 1978 legislation that established the New River Gorge National River as a unit of the National Park System, gained enactment of legislation to designate the Gauley River National Recreation Area and the Bluestone National Scenic River, and established the National Coal Heritage Area in southern West Virginia.

Recently, Rahall championed the House passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, was leader in the effort to end royalty holidays and giveaways to big oil and gas companies, and has worked to promote America's energy independence and the use of clean coal technologies to achieve it, introducing the Coal to Liquid Fuel Energy Act of 2006.

Rahall is the recipient of numerous awards for his work to protect the environment, including the 1996 Keeper of the Flame Award presented by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, 1990 Friend of the Earth Award, Sierra Club's 1988 Seneca Award for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship, American River's 1988 River Conservation Award, and Ansel Adams Award from the Wilderness Society in 2004.

May 23, 2008