The federal government needs to create a comprehensive energy policy to address rising costs across the country, Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington said Saturday in the Democratic Party's weekly radio address.

Gregoire cited actions taken by her state and Democratic governors in New Mexico and Pennsylvania to help people dealing with the record cost of heating their homes.

"We're controlling rising prices and reducing our use of foreign oil by embracing alternative energy sources," she said.

But to keep pace with the energy demand, she said a comprehensive policy, with commitments from the states and federal government, is essential.

"Sadly, we simply can't rely on the Republican-controlled Congress to create a national energy policy that works," she said.

Gregoire also addressed a home-state issue, criticizing President Bush and Congress for recent budget cuts for a waste treatment plant at the Hanford nuclear reservation, one of the most contaminated nuclear sites in the nation.

"The cleanup is the largest in the nation and essential to protecting the environment and economy of the Northwest," she said.