Energy secretary praises Senate Energy Committee’s action on energy policy

WASHINGTON, Wash., August 1, 2001 – U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham today praised the Senate Energy Committee’s decision to move forward with comprehensive solutions to America’s energy challenges, saying:

“Senator Bingaman and Senator Murkowski understand the importance in crafting a comprehensive and balanced energy legislation to meet America’s energy challenges. They deserve credit for the productive and substantive ideas that the Energy Committee will begin considering today.

“The administration will continue working with them and other members of the committee to move productive energy legislation forward to full Senate consideration and passage.”

“America’s energy challenges are long-term problems that can not be solved with quick fixes or overnight magic. We need a comprehensive, long-term energy strategy that meets America’s future needs, reduces our dependency on foreign sources of oil, and enacts reasonable initiatives to conserve.”

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