Debatably bad impromptu press conferences aside: “The report we issued last month presented more than 100 recommendations
covering virtually the entire range of concerns that face the American people.
One of the concerns, obviously, is the aging power grid and the growing
problem that we have in getting electricity from the power plant to the
light switch. It’s clear that we must upgrade and expand the power grid.
If we put more connections in place, we’ll go a long way towards avoiding
future blackouts. Another broad aim is to increase energy supplies from
diverse sources; from oil and gas, renewables, coal, hydro and nuclear.
This is the kind of balanced approach we think is essential if we’re going
to meet the country’s energy needs down the road and take care of many of
our other concerns, especially with respect to the environment.”
– Vice President Dick Cheney, U.S. Energy Association Efficiency Forum
Washington, D.C. June 13, 2001