Rep. Christopher Cox

Subcommittee on Energy & Air Quality

House Committee on Energy & Commerce

Hearing on

Regional Energy Reliability and Security: DOE Authority to Energize the Cross Sound Cable

May 19, 2004

Mr. COX: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I will be very brief, particularly because we have a good opportunity with our colleagues from both sides and from both States, as well as FERC and DOE and representatives from New York and Connecticut.  So rather than read you my opening statement and tell you how I would solve this problem, I just want to suggest to those who are going to give opening statements and testimony that, if you would, I would like you to help me understand a couple of things. First, given that the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has agreed that the cable’s operation as it was installed would lead to no environmental harm or hinder navigation in the harbor, why can’t we, while methods for reaching the required depth are devised, permit operation of the cable?

Mr. HALL. The gentleman will have a chance to answer that when we question the panel. You go ahead with your statement.

Mr. COX. I am not asking questions to anybody. This is just my statement.

Mr. HALL. Oh, I am sorry. Go ahead. I didn’t mean to interrupt.

Mr. COX. Second, didn’t we learn from the August 14, 2003, northeast blackout that our electrical networks’ vulnerability and the general need for greater reliability should be uppermost in our decision-making? Third, why so soon after the biggest blackout in North American history would anyone want to make it harder to get power where it needs to go? And last, as a Californian who has seen what our State’s decades-long failure to build new generating capacity has meant for us and the problems that that has created, why is it that the States of New York and Connecticut can seemingly agree on only one silly point, which is that both would prefer to feed the ever-growing needs of their populations by getting their power from somewhere else, rather than building new generating capacity of their own?

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