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The Need for National Energy Policy

We Need "all The Arrows In The Quiver," Along With Robust R&d

Good afternoon. Thank you, Karen, for that introduction. I want to also thank Tom Donohue and the U.S. Chamber for their leadership in representing business issues in this country.

We're all better off because of your efforts.

Likewise, Southern Company is committed to making our own communities better off because we're there.

We like to say we're bigger than our bottom line. In fact, for 2010, the company contributed nearly $24 million to the communities we serve.

Even more telling, our employees volunteered morethan 200,000 hours to community work.

It's a privilege for me to represent our 26,000 Southern Company employees-those thousands of people who make thousands of good decisions every day-all for the benefit of our customers.

Now, I'll turn to today's issue.

Mark Twain is often quoted as saying everybody talksabout the weather but nobody does anything about it.

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