March 15th, 2013
11:25 AM ET
Washington (CNN) - With climate change as one of his administration's top priorities and the decision on the controversial Keystone pipeline expected at any time, President Obama takes his energy message to Chicago Friday.
The president is expected to press Congress to pass an energy proposal that the administration says would target two billion dollars over ten years to wean cars and trucks from fossil fuels to clean energy and create clean energy jobs.
The president announced his Energy Security Trust plan at his State of the Union address last month.
Friday Mr. Obama will lay out details of the plan as he speaks at the Argonne National Labs outside Chicago. White House officials told reporters on a conference call Thursday, the money to fund the alternative fuel research will come from increased royalties from oil and gas drilling and leasing on federal land.
The White House officials were quick to point out the administration does not plan to expand drilling areas especially on the Outer Continental Shelf but instead expect increased revenues due to streamlined leasing, increased production and upward price trends.
The Energy Security Trust would require an act of Congress but White House officials said they are encouraged by early bipartisan support.
The White House says this is just the latest in the president's "all above" energy approach. The Environmental Protection Agency Friday is expected to release a new report which the administration says underscores the progress made on the clean energy front including EPA estimates that CO2 emissions have decreased by 13% in the past five years and that fuel economy standards have increased by 16%.
March 2nd, 2012
11:42 AM ET
When President Obama usually goes to the Interior Department it’s to play basketball with his daughters. (Yes, for some reason Interior has a basketball court) But today he is heading that direction for business, to speak to the White House Conference on Conservation.
According to a White House official the president “will highlight the administration’s impressive record of taking steps to invest in our public lands, create jobs, and support local economies. “
The conference is aimed at spotlighting community-driven conservation efforts and how to continue their growth. It will bring together a mix of outdoorsmen, local governments, conservationists, recreationalist and small business owners to talk about conservation projects and how they can help local economies.
The effort is part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoor Initiative which he launched in April 2011. It supports locally led conservation projects across the country and according to the group’s website, the “opening up recreational access to lands and waters, supporting the creation of urban parks and trails, increasing youth employment in conservation jobs.”
Other participants in today’s conference include:
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Jim Faulstich, a rancher from South Dakota
Juan Quezada, a Park Guide at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California
Frances G. Charles, Tribal Chairwoman from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe in Washington
Marjorie Jackson, Executive Director of the Elizabeth River Project in Virginia