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Ambassador Bell, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for the warm welcome. It is a pleasure to be here tonight ... and a real honor to join the ranks of the distinguished guests who have preceded me at this lectern.
I want to begin by congratulating Ambassador Bell and the World Affairs Council for 10 years of outstanding service to central Virginia.
Dominion has been a corporate sponsor of this Council since 1999. We value and support your efforts to promote global literacy and a deeper understanding of international affairs.
Energy literacy is-or should be-an important aspect of that understanding and a top priority in today's complex world. The U.S. is, after all, the world's largest energy consumer and one of its leading producers.
Unfortunately, too many Americans remain in the dark about energy. Much of what they know-or think they know-comes from the media, typically in 30-second sound bites or video clips sandwiched between TV commercials.