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Bush Discusses U.S. Energy Policy at Campaign Stop in Pittsburgh

Aired September 20, 2000 - 9:09 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Meanwhile, live pictures now from Gore's Republican opponent, George W. Bush in Pittsburgh -- there's the live picture for you -- in Pittsburgh for a town-hall style forum. It's part of a new one-on-one campaign strategy. Let's go ahead and listen in to the questions that Mr. Bush is receiving.

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: ... administration has to be thinking down the road. We need an energy policy. I think we need more domestic exploration like in Alaska.

(APPLAUSE)

Alaska -- we need to open up Anwar in Alaska, and I'm absolutely convinced we can explore Anwar in an environmental-friendly way. I believe we've got the technology necessary to do so. Our natural gas business, hopefully, will flourish, because natural gas is not only a clean-burning fuel, it is also a fuel that is not prone to pricing pressures of OPEC, for example, it's hemispheric in nature. Gas is really hard to transport from overseas to America, but it can move throughout our hemisphere in a free way.

I talked to President-elect Vicente Fox about the issue of figuring out how Mexico can explore more for natural gas, for the bigger supply for gas. Those are long-term ideas. Hopefully, better conservation measures will develop in the marketplace, conservation measures for automobiles. There has been good progress made for mileage in our automobiles, and the best the automobile industry can do, and continue to develop more fuel efficient cars. I know we can do a good job of working with our coal industry to make sure that the coal-burning plants have got the proper technologies to keep our air clean. That's the long-term solutions, or longer-term solutions.

The short-term solution is to remind our friends overseas who their friend is. The short-term solution for gas prices...

(APPLAUSE)

It takes a while to bring production on stream, but there is production on stream now. And it is so important for our nation to remind friends overseas that ours is an important market, but ours is also -- and ours is also an important friendship. The best way to immediately affect the price of refined product is for the supply of crude oil to be increased in the world market, because refined product reflects the price of crude. And obviously, the more crude there is relative to demand, the more likely it is the price of crude will drop.

KAGAN: We've been listening to Texas Governor George W. Bush as he makes a campaign stop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania today. We do apologize for the slight buzz in the audio there, but wanted to give you a little taste of what the governor was up to today.

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