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The thirty and -- taking drastic measures to counter the cost of record fuel.
That's the it is the first institute a mandatory work -- -- four weeks four days rather.
For workers in order to reduce energy use my colleague Alexis -- -- governor Jon Huntsman junior about the plan.
We have certain short term realities of certain certain long term realities as the state government government.
And as a manager you have to look at these things pragmatically you want to be proactive as opposed to reactive as government typically is.
And -- four dollar gas prices are -- killer for people these days.
Not only that but we have a very ambitious energy efficiency goal -- a state which is to say 20% reduction by 2015.
And then beyond that how do you expand customer service in ways that.
Allows the taxpayer to fully understand that we're trying to meet their needs.
And finally you know what can you do for good public employees who were working hard and doing everything they can.
-- high gas prices and in some cases commuting from long distances so all of these areas were very elegantly covered.
By this four day ten hour per day workweek and we crunch the numbers we did the analysis we're gonna use a month of July.
To anticipate any questions that people have about transportation -- child care issues and then by August 1 we're gonna be ready to launch and we're gonna do so uniformly.
-- it's it's a hot topic we've heard about other governments who have done it talk about the implications you know if you're living in this state.
And you want to get access to those a government office is.
What happened to me you know we gonna be a point where employees are accepting emails are taking phone calls from home.
Well we we tend to think of state government services.
You know -- you know the 1960s -- the 1970s we forget that in today's world at least in our state.
We have 800 services that are available on line.
And -- of people as they've anticipated questions and as I've been asked about this on the radio were in town hall meetings.
People say what about a fishing license what about a driver license so on so forth.
And -- my response is always do you realize that you can actually do this today from start to finish.
On the Internet right -- some of our services that we provide so this'll be a huge learning experience for a lot of people in our state to see something that probably they didn't understand fully before.
That is they can access a lot of services right.
From their home Internet -- usage on the rise because of this I'm sure that's right -- you know and governor let me ask you this question -- As you know the market hitting a bear market territory leash as far as the -- concerned as I just mentioned moments ago oil hitting a new high.
Why do you stand on the -- coming out today from the president and many Republicans to say it's tying to start drilling.
Well this is time to keep all of our options on the table we have shale.
Opportunities right here in this part of the country.
And for years it has never made sense economically and this is the first time in recent history I'm saying since the sixties or seventies.
Where we actually.
Should be allowed access because the economics finally make sense for -- Not only that but we've got natural gas we have wind we have solar we have bio mass.
-- I'm not concerned about the fix is out there the great thinking it's been done we have technologies available to us and we have the raw materials needed to run this.
Economy what is lacking fundamentally is the political will and that is to pull all of the stakeholders together.
At a roundtable and I have a meaningful conversation about the big vision thing we don't have a big vision thing as it relates to energy policy.
And that's why -- I've met with are my fellow western governor right just a couple three days ago.
We decided that -- -- gonna launch out and come up with a western energy policy that will represent both Republican and democratic thinking.
And present that to the next administration.
Governor let me ask you this you are basically agreeing with McCain's philosophy that leave it up to -- states.
Do I take it that perhaps you might be a good vice presidential candidate that offered the job would you take it.
No you misinterpret -- that would completely.
I I loved being governor I'm lucky to have this job I'm running for one more term in November.
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