Senate Hearing Held on Nation's Energy Vulnerability

The Repbulican senator says that since the 1970s, the country has been "lulled into a false sense of security" by plentiful oil supplies.

Published: 22-Oct-2005

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee called yesterday for action to address the problems of rising energy prices and U.S. dependence on imported oil.

"An overdependence on oil can be a dangerous addiction. It harms our environment and imperils our national security," Chafee said as he opened a Senate hearing on the issue, taking testimony from officials from the State and Energy Departments -- "defenders of the status quo," as he called them -- and from a panel of energy experts that he called "attackers of the status quo."

Since the energy crisis of the 1970s, "we have been lulled into a false sense of security" by plentiful oil supplies, Chafee said.

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