Energy Independence, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session on Discussing the Goal of Energy Independence, March 7, 2006 [open pdf - 378KB]
From the opening statement of Hon. Pete V. Domenici, U.S. Senator from New Mexico: "It is clear that the United States need to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy. We particularly need to reduce our reliance on oil from unstable regions of the world whose values and priorities are often in conflict with America's initiatives and place in the world. Last year, U.S. net imports equaled 59 percent of our demand. Forty-one percent of our total imports came from OPEC countries which equals 27 percent of the total U.S. consumption. Dependence to this extent can determine our national security, our economic strength, and our foreign policy. In order to make necessary changes, we have to be realistic about what is possible in the near term, but certainly we have to look with real energy and enthusiasm toward the long-term. By making energy self-sufficiency, the immediate goal would deny the reality of this situation and only invite discouragement and failure. This would be akin to putting all of our resources in the hopes of finding an elusive cure for a disease at the expense of taking important steps to treat and alleviate the symptoms in the interim. To that end, I have said on a number of occasions that while I support the advancement of science technology to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources, I think we must also build a bridge to that age by accessing the oil and gas resources available in our country and we must reasonably and responsibly conserve our energy. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Evan Bayh, Jeff Bingaman, Jim Bunning, Susan M. Cishke, Norm Coleman, Pete V. Domenici, Dianne Feinstein, Joseph I. Lieberman, Amory B. Lovins, Robert Menendez, Lisa Murkowski, James M. Talent, Craig Thomas, Frank Verrastro, R. James Woosley.
S. Hrg. 109-412; Senate Hearing 109-142
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