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A World of Change in Energy
Thank you very much, and good morning everyone.
Today, we gather to discuss one of the most important and complicated challenges our country has faced in a long time - how to supply a growing nation with secure and affordable energy, while also responding effectively to climate change.
It might be possible to focus on either side of that equation without breaking too much of a sweat.
We could ignore climate change and other environmental issues and go full out to develop and use all the energy we want and need.
Or we could ignore our economy and our global competitiveness by imposing severe restrictions on energy use - in order to meet drastic carbon reductions.
Neither of these approaches is realistic. Neither makes much sense. Our real challenge is to find a common sense approach - based on facts and sound science - that moves us steadily towards four critical goals: