Nation's AGs meet to discuss energy issues

Chris Rizo May 6, 2008, 2:38pm

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The nation's attorneys general will conclude their energy summit Tuesday, capping two days of talks on climate change, gas prices, power plant construction and renewable energy mandates.

The meeting is hosted by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, the chairman of the National Association of Attorneys General.

Wasden, a Republican, said at the conference's opening that he and his colleagues will have an effect on how the state's may choose to curb greenhouse gas emissions to fight global warming.

In a statement, Wasden said attorneys general ought to be careful to weigh scientific facts with the letter of the law as they advise their respective state leaders.

"The information shared this week must rise above the level of rhetoric with regard to 'right or wrong' energy choices, and instead focus on finding the 'best' solutions for our respective states and clients," Wasden said.

Among those speaking to the AGs is Shell Oil Co. President John Hofmeister and Ward Hubbell, president of the Green Building Initiative.

Also taking part in the conference, dubbed the 2008 NAAG Presidential Initiative on Energy, are representatives from utilities, regulatory agencies and industry experts.

"We are seeking factual information and fair analysis of the law," Wasden said. "This forum is ideal for bringing together people whose knowledge can really deepen our understanding and allow us to serve our clients in the best possible way."

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