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Coleman wants to force out oil

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An energy bill Congress is considering contains a provision championed by Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, among others, to force the Bush administration to find ways to cut the country's oil use.

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New federal rules would be required to cut the country's foreign oil consumption 2.5 million barrels a day. That is how much oil is imported from the Middle East.

"This is an important step toward strengthening our energy security, while improving our economy and environment," said Coleman, a first-term Republican. "Failure to address our energy dependence will mean a future for our kids that is less prosperous, less safe and less free."

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