'Energy security should be the foremost target for new investment'

US Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), in Oct. 7 remarks during the Lugar Visclosky Energy Forum at Purdue University's Calumet Campus in Hammond, Ind.

US Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), in Oct. 7 remarks during the Lugar Visclosky Energy Forum at Purdue University's Calumet Campus in Hammond, Ind.:

"All of us are concerned about the current instability of our economy. In times of great uncertainty, it is vital that we not limit our actions to responding to the latest crisis. We also must invest in the future. Energy security should be the foremost target for new investment.

"Whoever is sworn in as president of the United States in 2009 must commit to elevating energy security to the status of a core national goal, and he must directly engage all the American people in the solution. If the next president addresses energy through a familiar ideological prism, the chance to strengthen US national security and economic prosperity will be lost.

"To succeed, the president must be more than thoughtful and attentive to energy concerns. The president must be relentless. He must be willing to have his administration judged according to its success or failure on this issue."

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