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Subject: Cheney in Toronto on Energy Policy
> Nat Post
> May 1, 2001
> U.S. won't cut energy use: Cheney
> V-P vows to produce more: Americans won't sacrifice 'way of life' to
> Peter Kuitenbrouwer and James McCarten
> National Post and The Canadian Press, with files from Southam News
> U.S. consumers need not apologize for their energy appetites and will not
> forced to use less, Dick Cheney, the U.S. Vice-President, said yesterday.
> Speaking in Toronto, Mr. Cheney made it clear conservation will not figure
> prominently in American energy policy and declared more oil, gas, coal and
> nuclear power will be used to meet U.S. energy needs.
> In a bid to prevent a new energy crisis, the United States plans to search
> for more oil reserves on its own land, push the use of coal and build
> hundreds more power plants, he said.
> Speaking at the annual meeting of The Associated Press, Mr. Cheney said
> natural gas, coal and nuclear power will fuel the American economy for the
> foreseeable future.
> To suggest that alternative energy sources can meet the country's needs is
> to "deny reality," he said.
> "The hardest working [people] are the least likely to go around
> energy or anything else that costs them money," Mr. Cheney said.
> "Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is, all by itself,
> not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy. We also
> have to produce more.
> "Our strategy will recognize that the present crisis does not represent a
> failing of the American people."
> While alternative energy -- wind, solar and geothermal power -- will one
> play a greater role than it already does, it won't satisfy more than a
> fraction of American needs, he said.
> "Years down the road, alternative fuels may become a great deal more
> plentiful than they are today. But we are not yet in any position to stake
> our economy and our way of life on that possibility."
> John Bennett, the director of atmosphere and energy with the Ottawa-based
> Sierra Club of Canada, said: "It's the most dismaying thing I've ever
> and I've been doing this for 25 years."
> Mr. Cheney promised "a mix of new legislation, executive action and
> initiatives" to cope with rising energy prices and growing demand, the
> details of which will be announced by George W. Bush, the President, later
> this month.
> Without a solid energy plan, Mr. Cheney warned, all of the United States
> could face energy problems like California's, where rolling blackouts have
> become routine because of shortages.
> He predicted demand for oil will grow by one-third in the next 20 years,
> while natural gas demand will increase by two-thirds in the same period
> demand for electricity would rise by 43%. "The aim here is efficiency, not
> Mr. Cheney, who made millions of dollars as an oil services company
> executive, put oil at the centre of his recommendations.
> "The reality is that fossil fuels supply virtually 100% of our
> transportation needs and an overwhelming share of our electricity
> requirements," he said.
> "For years down the road, this will continue to be true."
> Along with additional oil exploration must come new refineries, Mr. Cheney
> said, noting that it has been 20 years since a large oil refinery was
> in the United States.
> He promised "sensitivity" to the environment in the event the United
> goes ahead with plans to drill oil beneath the Alaskan National Wildlife
> Reserve -- a 7.6-million-hectare expanse of protected lands that share a
> border with Yukon.
> He said that over the next two decades it will take between 1,300 and
> new U.S. power plants -- one built each week for 20 years -- just to meet
> projected increases in nationwide demand.
> Coal, which he acknowledged is "not the cleanest source of energy," will
> remain by far the single largest source of electrical power generation in
> the United States "for many years to come."
> Mr. Cheney also suggested initiatives to boost the use of dams to produce
> hydroelectric power and the future construction of new nuclear power
> "The government has not granted a single new nuclear power permit in more
> than 20 years, and many existing plants are going to be shutting down," he
> "If we're serious about environmental protection, we must seriously
> the wisdom of backing away from what is, as a matter of record, a safe,
> clean and very plentiful energy source."
> Mr. Bush is already under fire from environmentalists for pulling the
> States out of the Kyoto Protocol, a world climate change treaty to reduce
> greenhouse gases.
> In Ottawa, Ralph Goodale, the Minister of Energy, said Canada will
> to promote conservation and environmental sustainability in discussions
> the United States about a continental energy plan.
> "From the Canadian point of view, energy conservation, energy efficiency,
> are very important qualities and characteristics. They are in fact
> and characteristics of an advanced, intelligent society," Mr. Goodale
> Mr. Goodale said it's possible that energy demand in the United States
> lead to mega-projects in Canada, but he said any projects will be subject
> environmental assessment.
> He said Canada remains opposed to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife
> Refuge, and that the Prime Minister and several Cabinet ministers,
> himself, have raised the issue in meetings with the Americans. He said the
> United States is obliged to formally consult Canada on the proposal.
> Mr. Bennett said the Bush administration could spark an environmental