For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 16, 2005
Statement by the President
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
I applaud today's vote in the Senate to allow for environmentally
responsible energy exploration in a small part of the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge. A reliable domestic supply of energy is important to
America's security and prosperity. This project will keep our economy
growing by creating jobs and ensuring that businesses can expand. And
it will make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy,
eventually by up to a million barrels of oil a day.
I also call on the Congress to pass a comprehensive national energy
plan that will diversify supply, increase conservation and efficiency,
and upgrade our energy infrastructure.
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