Speaking on the last day of the Western Governor's Association annual conference, in Breckenridge, Samuel Bodman, U.S. Energy Secretary, endorsed efforts to develop "clean" energy while also calling on Congress to pass President Bush's energy bill.
Bodman said the country must decrease its reliance on international supplies of oil and develop alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and nuclear power.
"It is more important than ever to make the best possible use of these resources," he said.
To that end, he also endorsed the work at Golden's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a leader in research of clean energy.
"NREL is essential to the department's core energy mission . . . We feel quite strongly about that," he said.