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Coleman wants to force out oil

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.

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."