Blue Dog Coalition Unveils Energy Principles

Washington, DC (June 27, 2007)- The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition unveiled an endorsed set of principles, the “Blue Dog Energy Principles,” to guide Congress as it works to rewrite the nation’s energy policy. The principles were endorsed by the Coalition as a moderate and comprehensive approach to our nation’s energy policy that emphasizes a focus on national and economic security. The principles represent a broad range of stakeholders, with the underlying belief that our country’s current reliance on foreign energy supplies threatens our national security and our ability to compete in the global marketplace.

Blue Dog Energy Task Force Co-Chairs Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Charlie Melancon (D-LA) led the effort that produced the Blue Dog Coalition Energy Principles- eight planks dealing with topics such as domestic energy production, climate change, fuel diversity, and technology development. “America’s energy policy cannot depend solely on a future technological breakthrough. We have diverse energy resources in America today and we can’t discard any of them. Until technology catches up, a reliable supply of conventional fuels are essential for our economy,” said Rep. Jim Matheson. “By investing in alternative energy sources and energy efficiency, our country can move towards more environmentally-friendly fuel sources and we can create new economic opportunity, prosperity, and security,” said Rep. Dennis Moore, Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy.
“The energy principles endorsed by the Blue Dogs recognize that there is no one solution to make our nation more energy independent- we must look at all the pieces of the puzzle,” said Representative Allen Boyd (D-FL), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Administration. “The Blue Dogs understand that climate change and our dependence on foreign sources of energy are issues that have profound implications for our economic security and our national security. The Blue Dog-endorsed energy principles can guide us as we confront these serious challenges.” At the same time, the principles assert that the United States must act to address climate change. They advocate a robust research and development effort to help achieve meaningful carbon dioxide reductions in a viable manner.
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