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Will Speak Directly to the American People on the Need to Pass the Energy Bill

WASHINGTON, DC -- Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today announced the "Energizing America for Energy Security" Tour. Secretary Bodman and other Department of Energy officials, including Deputy Secretary Clay Sell, will travel the country this summer to speak directly to the American people about the need for Congress to pass comprehensive energy legislation before the August Congressional recess.

Secretary Bodman will kick off the tour outside of Denver on Monday, June 13, 2005 in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

"A clean, affordable, reliable energy supply is important to every, home, business and family in America," Secretary Bodman said. "While the energy challenges we face cannot be solved overnight, the bill before Congress is a critical step to putting this country on a path to greater energy independence. The American people cannot afford for another year to pass without having a comprehensive energy strategy on the books, and it is time for Congress to come together and send a bill to the President’s desk."

The legislation currently being considered by the Congress embodies many of the proposals outlined in President Bush’s National Energy Policy. The National Energy Policy calls for a greater diversity of energy sources like renewable energy, including wind, solar and biofuels; greater efficiency and conservation efforts to better utilize our existing energy resources; increased environmentally-friendly domestic energy production; and the modernization of America’s outdated electricity grid, aimed at improvements in reliability and the prevention of blackouts.

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