Beltway Happenings
May 17, 2007--In a speech at a New America Foundation forum, Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) vowed to be "the energy President."  "I'm calling for an energy and climate revolution," Richardson said.  He set out five goals: 
  • sharply reduce oil imports through measures such as plug-in cars and increased fuel efficiency standards; 
  • achieve greater efficiency in the electrical sector, for example by mandating that utilities increase renewables;
  • reduce greenhouse gases by at least 20 percent by 2020 starting with a market-based cap-and-trade system;
  • capitalize on strengths in science and technology with a National Energy Innovation Trust Fund; and
  • lead by example. 
Richardson said it will be necessary for the American people to "sacrifice for the common good."

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