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Cheney Energy

Vice President Dick Cheney says there are no quick fixes to the electricity crisis in California. In a speech that previewed the Bush administration's energy policy, Cheney didn't address the state's most pressing concern -- the prospect of blackouts this summer. Instead, he said that additional power plants and new sources of fossil fuel are needed to provide a reliable supply of power for the long term. Critics say Cheney downplayed the importance of conservation and ignored the flawed deregulation plan that prompted California's power problems. NPR'S Richard Gonzales reports.

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