Bush Urges U.S. Senate to Pass Energy Plan

President George W. Bush used his Saturday radio address to urge the U.S. Senate to approve his proposal for curbing pollution and promoting energy efficiency while continuing his insistence that drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is necessary for national security.

WASHINGTON, D.C. 2002-02-26 [SolarAccess.com] Bush said his proposal would upgrade electric power lines, modernize other energy delivery systems and develop new technologies, such as hydrogen powered cars. He said tax credits and other incentives will encourage development of Renewable Energy. “Conservation technology and renewables are important. Yet they alone cannot solve our energy problems,” Bush said. “We must also reduce America’s dependence on foreign sources of oil by encouraging safe and clean exploration at home.” Bush said demand for energy is expected to rise 45 percent in the next 20 years and pointed to his “balanced, comprehensive” energy plan as a solution to that increased demand. The President said that he visited Alaska during his recent trip to Asia and said he met with supporters of his planned drilling in the pristine wilderness. “I met with many Alaskans, including native leaders who want to preserve the grandeur of their state while carefully developing the energy beneath a small fraction of it,” Bush said. The Senate returns from a recess this week.

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