Condoleezza Rice on Energy & Oil
Secretary of State
A: Well, we need a comprehensive energy policy, and President Bush has been talking about a comprehensive energy policy practically since the first day that he was elected. It's very important that we diversify supply. That means that we have to find way --energy sources that are not carbon based. That's why alternative sources of energy, new technologies will be very important. We simply have put ourselves into a situation in which it's hard to break our addiction to oil. We're not going to get out of it quickly, I'm afraid, unless--and it's high time to get started on the diversification of our energy resources.
A: It is unfortunate that we continue--while we say that we want to be less addicted to foreign oil, which has been one of the president's goals--we say we want to be less addicted to foreign oil, but then we say to oil producers, "You have to increase supply," rather than thinking about what we can do at home to increase supply. And of course, the ability to use our domestic resources, our domestic sources of oil would be a very important part of that. Nuclear energy is another clean technology that we should be using and exploring. We need to increase our refining capacity. It has been a problem for us to be able to refine. And we also need to have exploration at home.
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