Posted on June 10, 2003
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today applauded the passage of SA 871, an amendment to the Energy bill. Alexander is a co-sponsor of the amendment, which passed the Senate 99 to one. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is the amendment's sponsor. "We should put conservation high on the list of priorities," Alexander said. "It is a low-cost way to have more energy. It is a no-pollution way to have more energy. The Senator from Louisiana has come up with a sensible approach to do this." The amendment aims to reduce petroleum import dependence by asking the President to construct a plan to conserve oil throughout our economy. The goal is to reduce our total oil demand by one million barrels a day by the year 2013, which would be approximately a five percent reduction. "We ought to be able to do that," Alexander said. "We ought to be able to go ahead with nuclear power plants, with oil and gas exploration, with renewable energies and coal gasification. We ought to also conserve at the same time." Alexander cited examples such as weatherizing homes and giving truckers alternatives to idling their engines while parked as steps that can add up to make a difference in conservation efforts. Other senators co-sponsoring the amendment include Sens. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Pete Domenici (R-NM), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Russ Feingold (D-WI).