7:57 PM EDT
Mark Udall, D-CO 2nd

Mr. UDALL of Colorado. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Again, I want to just close and thank my colleague, the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. SALMON), for all his terrific work in this regard over the last couple of years. I do look forward to working with him in the future.

I might leave the discussion with a couple of additional thoughts. I was reminded that just 100 years ago humans depended on three sources of energy: their own muscle power, that of animals, and wood. And over the last hundred years we have created an immensely powerful supply of energy that is based on petroleum and fossil fuels. [Page: H5254]

When that potential energy source became apparent, the Federal Government was very involved in the research and development

that occurred that determined and explored and discovered all these terrific uses for petroleum.

Now we are on the cusp of a new age, and I think it is very appropriate that we continue this kind of involvement as we move into a new energy century and we explore all the great possibilities of clean energy that involves biomass, solar, hydrogen, and the like. This is something that will be exciting, that will be great for our economy and great for our environment.

Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.