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Voinovich to host energy workshop with key energy stakeholders

ATHENS, Ohio (March 3, 2006) -- On Friday, U.S. Senator George V. Voinovich (R-OH) will co-host an energy summit with Ohio University's highly regarded and nationally recognized Consortium for Energy, Economics, and the Environment (CE3). The summit begins on Friday, March 3, at 9:30 a.m. at the Vern Riffe State Office Tower in Columbus, Ohio.

Participants in the summit include Sen. Voinovich, Ohio University President Roderick McDavis, David Conover from the U.S. Department of Energy, Mike Zimmer from Thompson Hine, LLP, and Don McConnell from the Battelle Memorial Institute.

The summit will bring together key stakeholders and policy makers to craft recommendations on the role Ohio can play in our national effort to reduce dependence on foreign energy.

Senator Voinovich believes one of the most pressing challenges America faces today is reducing our reliance on foreign energy sources. It is critical that we grow more energy independent to increase our competitiveness in the global marketplace and improve national security. Our key challenge in this work is respecting the environment while responding to energy and economic needs. Because energy independence is absolutely vital to the future of our nation and Ohio, Senator Voinovich has called for a "2nd Declaration of Independence" from foreign sources of energy.

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