Obama calls for clean energy as Boehner pledges to 'keep the cuts coming'
April 2nd, 2011
12:37 PM ET

Obama calls for clean energy as Boehner pledges to 'keep the cuts coming'

(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."

"Real energy security can only come if we find ways to use less oil-if we invest in cleaner fuels and greater efficiency," he asserted.

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."


soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Mlnx

    We, USA, owns a considerable amount of oil in the strategic oil reserves. Lets sell it as futures contracts, draining down over a few years while at the same time selling "puts" for future purchases to replenish(probably as jet fuel-our militarys principal fuel) Put $70 BB in the treasury. These future purchases can be set aside as US produced fuel, bio-fuel, gas to fuel, specified clean, US produced products contracts. Create a market this way and without adding to deficits. Jump start with a ten year plan that spurs an industry.

    April 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Please Minx, don't start talking about 5 and ten year plans ... I am old enough to remember hearing about them in school and how they failed miserably in the USSR

      April 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      If you don't want to add to the deficit then the private sector needs to step up. they will not do that if you beat them up daily.....

      April 4, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  2. Tara

    Why is drilling so political? My husband and I use Gas Envy..we love it!

    April 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  3. RDH

    I would love to shove clean energy vehicles up his ass! What is next? A plan to eliminate cows because they fart? Rest assure, these new guidelines do not apply to the president or people in his administration.

    April 3, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The actions/inactions, stonewalling, hateful, antagonistic rock throwing in WASHINGTON among our federally 'elected' employees, is quite symbolic of the true consensus, of the un-united state of mindset, of this nation. The world even knows we aren't unified or united on anything! The UNITED STATES of AMERICA?!? The larger percentage of this nations' citizens live, work, fight and die for an UN-UNITED 'STATE' of AMERICA! We have been since it's birth! A house divided against itself will NOT stand!

    April 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      You are most correct in that point Liz..... however I must ask you if there is room for conservative and liberal alike in your position?

      April 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  5. Bill in STL

    it would take 90,000 turbines to power the USA at 2005 levels. You could spread them out so that you have a rolling peoduction depending on where the wind was blowing at any given time. You need to figure out where the wind blows at the required speed 80 percent of the year and them cram 90,000 turbines in those spaces.... If it happens be farm land then we can all eat electricity. Lets notforget the use of solar... that will work well in Seattle I am sure. Oh now comes the re-building of the infrastructure so that you can provide even disribution of those rolling generation points and I guess the government needs to build that as well......

    April 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Thanks, Bill; but I suppose I'll answer your question like this: The Tea Party, which stupidly, mirrors predominately the GOP concentrations, filibustering, blocking, stonewalling, undermining, sabatoging good efforts, making sure the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor; by just saying a flatfooted 'NO' to everything libs put forth as an idea, and every proposal! The cons have been the party of 'NO'! 'Hell No We Won't! and 'You Lie'! 'I would love to shove clean energy vehicles up his ass'! 'Con' mindset!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Bill In Stl

      All I have said is this, there is a lot more to clean energy than anyone realizes. The main problems are the reliability (every heard the saying as reliable as the wind?) and how to transfer the excess from one grid to another and that would be nationwide.... Your rant is one of a bitter person.... you seem to feel that every bad thing has been personalized against you... You won't even converse... just rant! So sad!

      April 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I rant vs converse? I'd rather be considered by the AMERICAN intellect as one who holds no punches when it comes to telling the truth; at least the truth as I see it. I thought I answered your question, Bill! However, you have a GOD given right in America to call it like you see it. I certainly do make use of that right. You say that I seem to think that every bad thing's personalized against me. I can see why that may be possible; if it's carelessly, perpetually lodged against any one of my kind, it IS me!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  8. leftoflegal

    Boehner is woefully mistaken. His budget plan is devastating to America's future energy security. Expanded drilling (and "removing regulatory obstacles") is not the answer – not only will they result in ZERO tangible benefits to our economy OR energy production anytime soon, they risk duplicating the BP oil spill, the worst environmental disaster in the history of our country. Boehner and the Republicans are on the wrong side of this debate, fighting against alternatives that will ACTUALLY lower our oil dependence.

    April 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm |