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Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn., recently elected chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), has named an initiative called Securing a Clean Energy Future as his focus during his term as NGA chair.

According to the governor's office, Securing a Clean Energy Future calls for an examination of ways that governors and states can increase production of cleaner domestic fuels, promote advanced electricity generation, improve energy efficiency and conservation, and accelerate research and development of clean energy technologies.

"Our country is too dependent on imported sources of energy, and greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow too quickly," Pawlenty says. "Governors have a tremendous opportunity to lead the country toward a cleaner, more independent, more secure energy future."

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