Energy Conference at A&M

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High gas prices are only one of several energy issues garnering the attention of lawmakers.

Thursday key national leaders examined The Energy Policy Act of 2005, while discussing what still needs to be done.

The act was comprehensive landmark legislation to address the nation's energy challenges. At more than 1,700 pages long, it provides incentives for traditional energy production as well as newer, more efficient energy technologies, and conservation.

Congressman Chet Edwards said the same intensity that was used to put a man on the moon needs to be used when it comes to energy legislation.

He said if the government refuses to instate a long-term energy plan, as they have in the past, there will be detrimental effects to the economy.

"Our nation will see its standard of living drop dramatically and I believe, as someone who's spent a lot of time on national defense issues, we will even see our national security compromised," said Edwards.

Congressman Joe Barton and David Garman, the Undersecretary for the Department of Energy, were also on hand to address the impact of The Energy Policy Act of 2005.