[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1995, Book II)]
[August 4, 1995]
[Pages 1205-1206]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Message to the Congress Transmitting the Energy Policy Report
August 4, 1995

To the Congress of the United States:
    Throughout this century, energy has played a prominent role in 
American progress. The rise of the great industrial enterprises, the 
ascendence of the automobile, the emergence of environmental awareness, 
and the advent of the truly global economy all relate to the way that 
society produces and uses energy. As we face the opportunities and 
challenges of the next century, energy will continue to exert a powerful 
influence on our Nation's prosperity, security, and environment.
    Energy policies that promote efficiency, domestic energy production, 
scientific and technological advances, and American exports help sustain 
a strong domestic economy. The need to protect the environment motivates 
our continual search for more innovative, economic, and clean ways to 
produce and use energy. And although oil crises have receded into 
memory, their potential for harming our economy and national security 
    Our Administration has actively pursued a national energy policy 
since January 1993. We have engaged in an active dialogue with thousands 
of individuals, companies, and organizations. Informed by that dialogue, 
we have committed the resources of the Department of Energy and other 
agencies to ensure that our policy benefits energy consumers, producers, 
the environment, and the average citizen.
    This report to the Congress, required by section 801 of the 
Department of Energy Organization Act, highlights our Nation's energy 
policy. The report underscores our commitment to implement a sustainable 
energy strategy--one that

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meets the needs of today while expanding the opportunities for America's 
future. By implementing a sustainable strategy, our energy policy will 
provide clean and secure energy for a competitive economy into the 21st 

                                                      William J. Clinton

The White House,

August 4, 1995.