Bush Energy Plan Offers Balanced Approach

NCPA Analyst H. Sterling Burnett Applauds Balance Between Conservation and Production

WASHINGTON (April 14, 2001) - In anticipation of the announcement of President Bush's national energy strategy, H. Sterling Burnett, senior policy analyst with the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) signaled his optimism that the administration will unveil a plan with "a proper and realistic balance between energy and environmental concerns." The energy strategy will be announced Thursday by Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

"This is great news for everyone that wants to be able to use their computer in a well lit room, and be able to enjoy a clean environment," said Burnett. "The Administration has shown proper balance between conservation, increased capacity and increased production.

"Critics are off base if they suggest the plan relies too heavily on fossil fuels. The truth is now and in the near future fossil fuel will remain to be the least expensive, most plentiful and most reliable fuel we have."

Burnett specializes in environmental policy for the NCPA. Last year he was appointed as a member of the new Environment and Natural Resources Task Force in the Texas Comptroller's e-Texas commission, 2000. In addition to his role with the NCPA, he is also an advisor to the American Legislative Exchange Council's Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Task Force. He has appeared on such programs as the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Special Report with Brit Hume and on ABC Radio News.

Burnett will be in Washington, D.C. this week. For more information or to schedule an interview with him, contact the NCPA's Washington office at 202-220-3082.