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the Council on Competitiveness, and other coalitions of leaders across multiple sectors concerned about our energy future.

The good news is that energy has begun to garner greater focus, but it is imperative that focus become action.

We are a great nation. We have immense initiative, strong financial capacity, exceptional talent, and a shared history of uniting around difficult and complex challenges. We split the atom. We put man on the moon. Energy security is the greatest challenge and the greatest opportunity of our time. A national call to action will ignite our collective imagination, spark a new era of innovation, stimulate our economy, open new markets, unleash our national potential, and enhance our economic and national security.

But, we must begin. The next President must send a clear signal — in the first 100 days — that will move us from rhetoric to reality.

Thank you.


Source citations are available from Strategic Communications and External Relations, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Statistical data contained herein were factually accurate at the time it was delivered. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute assumes no duty to change it to reflect new developments.

© 2005, 2006 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Tehran Times: UN chief to demand Israel pay Lebanon $1bn in reparations

Beirut (Yalibnan) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will demand that Israel pay Lebanon $1 billion in compensation for damages caused during Israel's 2006 war against Hezbollah , according to reports by 2 Israeli newspapers (Israel national news and Haaretz ) that quoted Lebanese media reports.

According to the report, the sum which is based on World Bank appraisals, is aimed at covering the environmental and material damages caused by the Second Lebanon War. The fundamental part of the compensation demanded is for the damage caused to the Lebanese coast due to an oil spill following an Israeli bombing of a southern Beirut power plant in Jiyeh , which the Lebanese said had caused ""an ecological disaster,"" and caused some 110,000 oil barrels to leak into the Mediterranean Sea. According to the report, Ban plans to submit a report to the United Nations General Assembly at the end of the month, stating that the damage Israel caused to the oil reservoir polluted Lebanon's coast, and that the pollution spread to neighboring countries, especially Syria, Cyprus , Greece and Turkey.. What made matters worse was the Israeli naval blockade and its military operations that had made any cleanup impossible.

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