Gov. Davis Kept the Lights on in California During the Energy Crisis
D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement
on Democratic proposals that may have helped with yesterdays
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.
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.
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.
amendments, like Mr. Farrs, have consistently dealt with major
power grid vulnerabilities. It is imperative to improve the reliability
of our electric transmission system.