Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Request for the Department of Energy, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, Second Session to Consider the President's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2007 for the Department of Energy, February 9, 2006 [open pdf - 375KB]
From the opening statement of Hon. Pete V. Domenici, U.S. Senator from New Mexico: "First of all, we are glad that you are here, not just to discuss the President's budget-that is the avowed purpose-but obviously there will be other questions asked because Senators are very interested in what is going on with the bill we passed last year and things like that. Last week at the core of the President's State of the Union Address was several comprehensive new programs to break America's dependence on foreign oil, and build America's competitive edge. We in this committee are very pleased that much of that was relegated to the Department of Energy. Second, I want to commend the President for his comprehensive global nuclear strategy that promotes nuclear nonproliferation goals while helping to resolve the nuclear waste issues that remain. In the 1970's the United States decided to abandon its leadership on the nuclear recycling and let the rest of the world pass us by. Since the passage of the energy bill, we should now tell you, all of you, that there are 19 new reactors that are currently being planned. Recycling technologies that are discussed under GNEP are exciting. They are very long term, they are very controversial, but we look forward to working with you and hopefully we will have others helping with that very, very big project. I am particularly impressed that this administration is doubling the funding in the next decade for the Office of Science. Finally but not least, the President has announced an Advanced Energy Initiative which aims to reduce our dependence on imported sources and commits $2.1 billion to meet that goal. That is an increase of $381 million. Some will say that is not enough. We ought to hear about that today. We are going to have to find money somewhere if we are going to do more. The President has recognized that innovation and research are very important." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel K. Akaka, Jeff Bingaman, Samuel Bodman, Jim Bunning, Larry E. Craig, Pete V. Domenici, Robert Menendez, Gordon Smith.
S. Hrg. 109-410; Senate Hearing 109-410
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