Obama’s energy plan to be comprehensive, senator says

President Barack Obama will want a “comprehensive energy strategy” that will include conventional fuels and clean coal, as well as oil and natural gas, Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., said.

Oil shale could be a part of that strategy, Salazar said during a press conference Tuesday, but he emphasized that many questions remain to be answered, including the amount of water and electricity needed to free petroleum distillates from the rock of the Green River Formation in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

“It’s too early to tell” exactly how Obama’s energy plans will take shape, he said, but the federal government will continue with drilling and looking at conventional sources of fuel, “but maybe in a smarter, more thoughtful way.”

“The time for talk on energy is over and we need to move forward to get to energy independence,” Salazar said.

The nation’s need for energy will have to respect regional needs. “I will not let the federal government run roughshod over the West Slope,” he said.

The federal 1872 Mining Law also “cries out for change” and he will be among those pushing for revisions, Salazar said.


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