The Dernogalizer

June 2, 2010

Obama: End dependence on fossil fuels

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 4:29 pm
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This is the headline that Obama should be making in the coming weeks in order to mount support and pressure to pass the American Power Act.

“Seizing on a disastrous oil spill to advance a cause, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to roll back billions of dollars in tax breaks for oil and pass a clean-energy bill that he says would help the nation end its dependence on fossil fuels.

Obama predicted that he would find the political support for legislation that would dramatically alter the way Americans fuel their homes and cars, including placing a price on carbon pollution, even though such legislation is politically divisive and remains bogged in the Senate.

“The votes may not be there right now, but I intend to find them in the coming months,” Obama told an audience at Carnegie Mellon University. “I will continue to make the case for a clean energy futurewherever and whenever I can, and I will work with anyone to get this done. And we will get it done.”

Obama said the country’s continuing dependence on fossil fuels “will jeopardize our national security, it will smother our planet and will continue to put our economy and our environment at risk.”

Of course, Obama needs to work on what he’s defining as his solution…

“The time has come, once and for all, for this nation to fully embrace a clean energy future,” the president said.

That means improving energy efficiency, tapping natural gas reserves, pursuing nuclear power “and it means rolling back billions of dollars in tax breaks to oil companies so we can prioritize investments in clean energyresearch and development.”

Natural gas is a fossil fuel, and nuclear power isn’t clean or cost effective.

But still, it’s good to see Obama starting to seize the opportunity this crisis presents us to get climate and clean energy legislation passed.

Update: Here’s another article in the Washington Post about Obama’s speech with another reassuring quote..

“I will make the case for a clean-energy future wherever I can, and I will work with anyone from either party to get this done. But we will get this done,” he said. “The next generation will not be held hostage to energy sources from the last century.”

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