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WASHINGTON, DC – Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today issued the following statement regarding the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

"Coming from the business world, I know that a reliable, affordable energy supply is essential to America's continued economic growth and job creation.    As we build our economic success, we must also put commonsense environmental measures in place.  While the CAIR rules are an important first step that will dramatically cut emissions from coal-fired power plants in the Eastern United States, it's important for the Congress to pass the President's Clear Skies legislation which will reduce emissions by seventy percent nationwide.  By passing the Clear Skies bill, the Congress can insure that this and future generations not only have energy security, but a clean environment."

Media contact:  Mike Waldron, 202/586-4940