Gephardt Calls for Energy Independence In 10 Years

Democratic leader of US House calls for effort to make US energy independent.

Published: 26-Jan-2002

WASHINGTON, DC, January 25, 2002 (ENS) - Representative Dick Gephardt, Democratic leader of the House, is calling for tax breaks and other government incentives to develop clean new energy sources and make the United States independent of foreign energy suppliers by the end of the decade.

"Every time there is a crisis in the Middle East, or overseas oil producers decide to fix output, our nation feels it at the pump and in our pocketbooks," Gephardt said Thursday before the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). "How many more cycles do we need to live through to convince us that America needs a new energy policy?"

Gephardt's remarks centered on the need to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy, which he said has grown from 36 percent of supplies in 1973 to 56 percent today.

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