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DNC: Westerners call for national energy policy

DENVER, Colorado ” Westerners of different political stripes and backgrounds say the lack of an effective national energy policy has left them with environmental and social problems that will only get worse if the push to drill for more oil and gas is pursued headlong.

Northwestern New Mexico rancher Tweeti Blancett said during a news conference just two blocks from the site of the Democratic National Convention that her family no longer uses federal grazing land because of the wide-scale natural gas drilling in the area.

Blancett and other speakers from Colorado and Wyoming said thousands of new wells have been drilled in the region since George W. Bush took office eight years ago and the price of energy has still shot up and that new approaches are needed.

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