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 Addresses and Remarks

    Iowa, Iowa Energy Center in Nevada--761
    Minnesota, energy plan announcement in St. Paul--757
    National Energy Policy Development Group report--754
    Peace Officers' Memorial service--750
         Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, announcement in 
         Safe Harbor Water Power Corporation in Conestoga--765
    Radio address--747
    U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft, greeting crewmembers--765
    U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, 
    Women's National Basketball Association champion Houston Comets--749

 Communications to Congress

    Burma, messages transmitting notice and report on continuation of 
        national emergency--752
    Kosovo International Security Force, deployment of U.S. military 
        personnel, letter reporting--772

 Executive Orders

    Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy 
        Supply, Distribution, or Use--769

 Executive Orders--Continued

    Actions To Expedite Energy-Related Projects--770

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Cabinet Room--754
         Oval Office--765


    Continuation of Emergency With Respect to Burma--751


    National Biotechnology Week--755
    National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation 
    National Safe Boating Week--764
    World Trade Week--771

Statements by the President

    Patients' Bill of Rights legislation--751

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--776
     Checklist of White House press releases--776
     Digest of other White House announcements--773
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--774

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Week Ending Friday, May 18, 2001
The President's Radio Address

May 12, 2001

    Good morning. I wish every mother listening a happy Mother's Day, 
including my own. And I want to remind every daughter and every son to 
tell Mom first thing tomorrow how much you love her.
    Today I want to talk about how we can meet some of our energy needs 
through a new kind of conservation, a 21st century conservation that 
saves power through technological innovation. We are near the beginning 
of the summer driving and air conditioning season, the months of the 
year when energy use rises and energy prices jump. This year, like last 
year, gasoline and electricity prices are rising sharply, squeezing 
family budgets, and disrupting the lives and work of our fellow 
Americans. Energy is a problem that my administration will address.
    This week we will introduce a comprehensive energy plan to help 
bring new supplies of energy to the market, and we will be encouraging 
Americans to use more wisely the energy supplies that exist today.
    I am very concerned about the possibility of blackouts in California 
this summer. My administration will do our part to help by cutting peak 
hour energy use at Federal facilities in California. Military 
installations will reduce their peak hour use by 10 percent. Civilian 
buildings will raise their thermostats and turn off escalators and other 
nonessential equipment. These are immediate measures to help with an 
immediate problem, and I applaud the many Californians and Americans who 
are finding their own ways to use less energy this summer.
    Over the long term, the most effective way to conserve energy is by 
using energy more efficiently. For example, a new refrigerator uses 65 
percent less power than a refrigerator built in 1972. Overall, we use 40 
percent less energy to produce new goods and services than we did in 
    Some think that conservation means doing without. That does not have 
to be the case. It can mean building sensors into new buildings to shut 
the lights off as soon as people leave a room. It can mean upgrading the 
transmission lines that deliver electricity to your home so less is 
wasted on the way. It can mean encouraging homeowners to invest in 
energy improvements.
    Twenty-first century conservation harnesses new technology to 
squeeze as much out of a barrel of oil as we have learned to squeeze out 
of a computer chip. We can raise our standard of living wisely and in 
harmony with our environment.
    Pushing conservation forward will require investment in new energy 
technology, and that will be a part of my administration's energy plan. 
Conservation will require improving appliance standards. That will also 
be a part of the plan. And conservation will require new incentives to 
encourage industry to replace outdated equipment. That will be a part of 
the plan, as well.
    But conservation will require one more thing, something that cannot 
be written into any plan: the problem solving spirit of the American 
scientist and the American entrepreneur. My administration will take 
their side as they conserve and expand our energy supply for the benefit 
of all Americans.
    Thank you very much for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 9 a.m. on May 11 in the Cabinet Room 
at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on May 12. The transcript 
was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary at 7 a.m. on May 
12 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of the 
Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this 

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Week Ending Friday, May 18, 2001
Remarks Announcing the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

May 14, 2001

    Thank you. You're still the man, Mr. Mayor. [Laughter] It's an honor 
to be introduced by the mayor. One of the reasons why I asked him to sit 
next to Laura during my State of the Union Address--or State of the 
Budget Address, I guess--is because of the fantastic work the mayor has 
done with faith-based programs in Philadelphia. He understands that 
government is limited. We can spend money, but what government cannot do 
is put hope into hearts of our fellow citizens. And Mr. Mayor, I 
appreciate your leadership, and I'm honored that you would welcome me to 
this great city.
    I was thinking coming in that, had things worked out differently, 
Philadelphia could have been the Nation's Capital. And I would have been 
calling you, neighbor. And we would have had a baseball team in the 
Nation's Capital, and it would have been a pretty good one, too. 
    I'm honored to be traveling with the Attorney General, who I'll 
introduce in a minute. It's a great honor to be with the senior Senator 
from the State of Pennsylvania--that's Arlen Specter--as well as the 
junior Senator, Rick Santorum. Thank you both for being here.
    And we've got members of the congressional delegation here, as well: 
Weldon, Hoeffel, and Toomey. I want to thank you guys for coming. We're 
flying back on Air Force One; I look forward to listening to what you 
need to tell me. I probably won't do it, but nevertheless, I look 
forward to listening. [Laughter]
    I'm honored to be here with the Lieutenant Governor and the attorney 
general of the great State of Pennsylvania. I'm sorry my close friend 
the Governor, who's not here, but I understand he's trying to drum up 
some business for the State of Pennsylvania, so he's got an excused 
    It's such an honor to be here with leaders of the national law 
organizations, such as my friend Gil Gallegos from the State of New 
Mexico, who is the president of the Fraternal Order of Police. Thank you 
for being here, Gil, as well as the other leaders.
    And most importantly, it's an honor to be here with the men and 
women who wear the blue, and I want to thank you for your service to 
your community and to your Nation. And like the mayor, I congratulate 
those officers who were promoted to corporal. It's a well-deserved 
honor, and it's fitting that it come on National Police Week.
    I want to express my appreciation to all in this city who are 
involved with law enforcement, and thank you for your skill and your 
dedication and, most importantly, your bravery on behalf of your fellow 
    During the last several years, violent crime in America has been 
decreasing, and all Americans are grateful. Between 1989 and 1999 the 
violent crime rate dropped 20 percent. And that's a huge accomplishment. 
It really is. But unfortunately, American society is still far too 
violent. The violent crime rate in the United States remains among the 
highest in the industrialized world.
    Nationally there were 12,658 murders in 1999, two-thirds of which 
were shooting deaths. And for every fatal shooting, there were roughly 
three nonfatal shootings. And folks, this is unacceptable in America. 
It's just unacceptable, and we're going to do something about it.
    Like most major urban centers--cities--in America, Philadelphia 
suffered from a stunning rise in violent crime. However, Philadelphia, 
as the mayor mentioned, has made great progress. For example, in 1990 
there were 500 murders; last year there were 319. And the mayor deserves 
a lot of credit; so does the police commissioner and the police men and 
women of Philadelphia. And for that, we're incredibly grateful. And 
we're grateful for programs such as Operation Sunrise, and Safe & Sound, 
and Youth Violence Reduction Project, which, Mr. Mayor, is making your 
city more safe and more secure for all of the citizens.
    But gun violence is still a serious problem. Three out of four 
murder victims in this city are shot to death with handguns. Among young 
victims, that figure rises to almost 9 out of 10. In America today, a 
teenager is more likely to die from a gunshot than from all natural 
causes of death combined. These

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details have caused too many families to bury the next generation. And 
for all our children's sake, this Nation must reclaim our neighborhoods 
and our streets.

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