From the Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi: Gov. Davis Kept the Lights on in California During the Energy Crisis

August 15, 2003

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement on Democratic proposals that may have helped with yesterday’s blackout. In 2001, Congressman Sam Farr offered an amendment to the Energy and Water appropriations bill. Republicans rejected similar Democratic proposals during consideration of the House energy bill (H.R. 4) in 2002.

“Yesterday’s blackout is reminiscent of the California energy crisis, but Governor Davis was able to keep the lights on.

“Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) built on the lessons of the California energy crisis and in 2001 proposed $350 million in federal loans and loan guarantees to improve power transmission systems. Tom DeLay railed against this initiative and orchestrated its defeat.

“It is vital we address the problems with our energy transmission grid. Over the next 10 years, the Department of Energy predicts that demand for electric power will increase by 25 percent. However, under current plans, electric transmission capacity will not keep pace.

“Democratic amendments, like Mr. Farr’s, have consistently dealt with major power grid vulnerabilities. It is imperative to improve the reliability of our electric transmission system.”




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