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Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman's Statement on the First Meeting of the House-Senate Energy Bill Conference Committee

July 14, 2005 - 2:09pm

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today released the following statement on the first meeting of the House-Senate Energy Bill Conference Committee:

"The members of the Conference Committee know that a clean, affordable, reliable source of energy is essential to continued economic growth and job creation in America," Secretary Bodman said. While there are differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill, I also believe there is considerable common ground."

"At the end of the day, I’m confident that a bill will be delivered to the President that diversifies our portfolio of fuels and encouraging the use of renewable energy, promotes greater efficiency and conservation, improves the reliability of electricity delivery and providing for additional production of domestic energy resources. Our recent history of rising energy prices clearly demonstrates that there would be no better time to get the energy bill done and to the President for signature."

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