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Mr. GARDNER. I thank the gentleman from California for his comments today and would point out that in just a little bit we're going to hear from one of the sponsors of a hydropower bill that will make a significant difference in this State. And something that we ought to be doing more of is taking advantage of that clean, renewable energy resource.

I would yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from Mississippi, Alan Nunnelee.

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Mr. GARDNER. I thank the gentleman from New York.

Mr. Speaker, the other night when I was driving home from a meeting in one of my rural counties--it was about 8 o'clock, 9 o'clock at night, it was dark outside--I drove by a field of windmills. At nighttime, you can see that red light flashing across 100 wind turbines, and then of course the natural gas development that's taking place right next to it. So, Mr. Speaker, this Nation has an opportunity for energy security. It's not next year; it's now.

I thank my colleagues for joining this debate on American energy today and look forward to continued conversations throughout this year.

Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.

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