April 2nd, 2011
12:37 PM ET
(CNN)-President Barack Obama delivered the weekly address from a UPS customer center in Landover, Maryland to drive home the need for a commitment to clean energy vehicles and highlight recent job gains.
The president noted rising gas prices and outlined his plan to strengthen the economy and reduce the nation's dependency on oil imports. He also praised UPS, FedEx, Verizon, AT&T, and PepsiCo for taking the lead in transitioning to more fuel-efficient cars and trucks.
A commitment to increased oil exploration in America is included in the plan, but Obama stated that "drilling alone is not a real strategy to replace our dependence on foreign oil."
The president also highlighted the new Clean Fleets Partnership, designed to encourage businesses to switch to electric and alternative vehicles, as well as an agreement made with major auto companies to raise the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks they produce. And to "jumpstart this market," the president announced that the federal government has doubled the number of clean energy vehicles in its fleet.
"When I was elected to this office, America imported 11 million barrels of oil a day," he said."By a little more than a decade from now, we will have cut that by one-third, and by doing so, we're going to make our economy less vulnerable to wild swings in oil prices."
Encouraged by the "momentum" of 230,000 private sector jobs added last month-a total of 1.8 million over the past 13 months-the president declared that transitioning to a clean energy economy will encourage progress and help "win the future."
Speaker of the House John Boehner begs to differ. He delivered the weekly Republican address with a promise to "crash the spending party in Washington so our economy can get back to creating jobs."
"Despite some recent signs of life, our economy still isn't creating enough jobs," Boehner said. "The spending binge in Washington is holding our country back and keeping our economy from creating jobs."
The Republican leader asserted that Americans "put a new majority in charge of the House" with the intent to reign in spending.
"Because we've kept the pressure on", he said, "Democrats in the White House and the Senate are being forced to talk about a bill that would cut tens of billions more" from the budget.
Boehner urged the need to "keep the cuts coming" and explained the GOP plan to "put America on a path to prosperity" by removing regulatory obstacles, expanding energy production, ending the threat of tax hikes, and approving stalled trade agreements to open new markets.
"These are the pillars of the Republican plan to get our economy back to creating jobs," he stated.
"This is the focus of our new majority in the House."