PUBLISHED: 4:12 PM on Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Congress urged to support energy programs
Governor Sarah Palin and Governor Joe Manchin III of West Virginia are urging Congress to support federal-state programs that assist states in promoting energy security. Governor Manchin is chair of the Natural Resources Committee for the National Governors Association, and Governor Palin serves as vice chair.

Given recent energy price increases and projected long-term growth in energy demand, both governors are calling on Congress to support efforts to conserve energy resources while actively seeking to diversify supplies by expanding renewable resources.

In a joint letter, Governors Palin and Manchin urged members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to fully fund the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

"We can't afford to just talk about energy security," Governor Palin said. "In these uncertain economic times, states must leverage investments to promote efficient renewable energy projects."

The National Governors Association promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a unified voice on national policy. Its members are the governors of the 50 states and five territories.