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Live blogging - Gore on the Hill

Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) in his opening statement said today that we are witnessing an all-out assault on fossil fuels and nuclear energy. If this goes unopposed, it will make us more dependent on OPEC. Abandoning our energy producers will means the death of an industry -- an industry that helped us win the Second World War. We must press for energy self-reliance and for technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He criticized those who never mention the costs of policies like Kyoto. He's never heard the "Kyotoites of the this Congress" mention the word "cost."