October 8th, 2007
05:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama promises to fix 'energy crisis'

Obama delivered a speech on energy Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, took aim at his Senate colleagues seeking the Democratic presidential nomination for ignoring America's "energy crisis" and promised to make America more energy independent in a speech in New Hampshire Monday.

"When they had multiple chances to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by investing in renewable fuels that we can literally grow right here in America, they said no," Obama said. "Now, I know that some of these policies are difficult politically. They aren’t easy. But being President of the United States isn’t about doing what’s easy."

Obama said he would invest $150 billion over the next 10 years in clean, renewable energy and set concrete targets to reduce carbon emissions. He said he would cut America's dependence on foreign oil 35 percent by 2030.

"I believe the American people are ready for a President who can unite us around a common purpose again," Obama said. "I believe that we are ready to lead again. Make no mistake – developing the next generation of energy will be one of the greatest challenges that this generation of Americans will ever face."

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.r

    1.Obama, the one with clear and creative ideas.
    2.Obama with a track record of uniting
    people and politicians behind great ideas.
    3.Obama known as a man of action.
    4.Obama gives credit to the opposite party when they join in saving communities.
    5.Obama can sell an idea and get it rolling.
    7.Obama has few enemies and almost no
    negative baggage.
    8.Obama is a natural campaigner and grass roots organizer.
    9.Obama already has much favor abroad
    and Europe is already excited about his prospects.
    10.Obama is electable – would you like to be faced with debating him one on one – and the republicans fear his charisma and intelligent articulation
    and passion.

    Vote for the smartest man in the room!

    Baarock the vote !!!

    October 9, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Ron, Piscataway, New Jersey

    I wonder if a plan like this could cause Al Gore to endorse Obama.
    That would be a great endorsment for him!

    Obama 2008!

    October 9, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. laura, taunton, ma

    We need people like you who can tell us where we are going, not a blame game!

    October 9, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. James, NY, NY

    As long as we refuse to take advantage of our own natural resources the energy problems will not be solved and independence on foreign oil will continue. Changes to renewable energy sources can't just happen over night. Plus as we have seen in the rise of prices of corn, milk, and other products linked to corn renewable resources don't have there own drawbacks.

    Most of our energy problems could be solved using nuclear energy but the far left continues to keep that option off the table.

    The true answer to our energy problems require truly comprehensive energy reform. And so far nobody has put forward anything anywhere near comprehensive. Comprehensive reform would involve increasing renewable fueul sources, nuclear power, cleaner coal burning technology, as using more of the available oil sources in the US.

    October 9, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I like Obama – I really do – he seems like a straight shooter – yet...I can't help but wonder what the Obama supporters in this forum are linking to?? "Obama said he would invest $150 billion over the next 10 years in clean, renewable energy and set concrete targets to reduce carbon emissions. He said he would cut America's dependence on foreign oil 35 percent by 2030" – so..in addition to his healthplan which over 100 billion a year...(and that only grows with the population) – and this 150 billion in this (which is so ambiguous...thats its tough to say what he is even talking about) – we are capitalists (well..not the union members he panders to...thats called Marxism I believe) – the government doesn't invest in new energy sources...we provide incentives for others to develop here....and yes nuclear power is on the table....but....Obama is not saying...really anything....there is no substance to the aforementioned....

    October 9, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Get With It, USA

    James from New York, you say that the true answer is a comprehensive energy reform and that nobody so far has put forwards such a comprehensive program involving renewable fuel, nuclear power, clean burning tech, did you actually read Obama's plan or did you just read CNN's sad excuse for a story?

    From Obama's speech:
    "Once we make dirty energy expensive, the second step in my plan is to invest $150 billion over the next decade to ensure the development and deployment of clean, affordable energy.

    That starts with the next generation of biofuels....We know that corn ethanol has been the most successful alternative fuel we have ever developed. I’ve been a champion for ethanol. In just two years, the Renewable Fuel Standard I helped pass has sparked an historic expansion of ethanol production. It has helped displace foreign oil and strengthen our rural economy. And we should fight the efforts of big oil and big agri-business to undermine this emerging industry.

    But the truth is, corn ethanol is neither the perfect nor the permanent answer to our energy challenge...That’s why we must invest in the next generation of advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol that can be made from things like switchgrass and woodchips. ...We should set a goal to produce the first two billion gallons of advanced biofuels by 2013. And we should make sure that more local farms and local refineries have the chance to be a part of this new industry.

    We’ll also invest in clean energy sources like wind power and solar power, so that by 2025, America can meet a new standard that will require 25% of all our electricity to come from renewable sources....

    And we must find a way to stop coal from polluting our atmosphere without pretending that our nation’s most abundant energy source will just go away.... I will rely on the carbon cap and whatever tools are necessary to stop new dirty coal plants from being built in America – including a ban on new traditional coal facilities.

    We will also explore safer ways to use nuclear power, which right now accounts for more than 70% of our non-carbon generated electricity. We should accelerate research into technologies that will allow for the safe, secure treatment of nuclear waste. "

    I think you'll be a bit surprised just how comprehensive and how well he actually incorporates your ideas.

    October 9, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Get With It, USA

    Chris from Middleton–
    You express a good point- where is all this money going to come from? There is an answer, but CNN's "blurb" hardly qualifies as a news story on Obama's energy policy. The 150 billion dollars isn't coming from communist or marxist taxes and the like. It is coming from creating carbon credits to sell to businesses. It is driven by the free market. Surprising, no?

    October 9, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Wynter

    I've been listening to this in his advertisements up in New Hampshire. Cutting this by 2030 and this other thing by 2050. It may sound nice, but the dates really don't sound all that honest.

    We always tell ourselves little white lies, like "I'll lose ten pounds by next summer." or "I'll fix that leaky roof before the next big storm." But in the end, most of those issues go unresolved for months and years before you actually act on them.

    Putting a far off date on reducing Carbon Emissions or our dependance on foreign oil is not good enough. We need a closer date and more measurable numbers that we can count on. Otherwise, they are just empty political promises.

    Still waiting for real facts, and numbers, not a wish list for some time two or three presidents later. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW!

    Telling it like I see it,

    October 9, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Leila, Long Beach, CA

    I'm an environmentalist and he has my vote!

    Obama '08

    October 10, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. xyz, Santa Clara

    we are ignorant about the harms of using biofuels like ethanol. politicians are using this as a means to gain power though they are aware that the potential benefits of using such fuel are limited.

    November 19, 2007 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  11. HMAN

    what i would like to know is there any political canidates.
    that can help me at http://hoodshow.com.
    fix the problems we have in the inner cities .
    murder) drugs) crime prevention bill.
    http://hoodshow.com /a website dedicated to urban world media and its issues.
    would really appreciate the help.
    look what is going on in philly.
    no one is talking about it.

    HOODSHOW.COM / http://hoodshow.com

    January 8, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  12. Glenna Pace

    You just arn't getting it! We hate Congress and Washington politics. We need someone to pull all this mess together now. I am not left or right, I just want to have someone in Washington that might get these emptyheaded wannabees all together. I love my country, but I hate my government!

    January 8, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Allison, Ga

    Obama is the Democratic man of change and the hope for all the economic, domestic, energy, and international mess that our current leadership and American priveledge has afforded us.

    Wake up America! A vote for Hilary is a throwback to the earlier centuries. Hilary votes shows that we don't want Democracy, but we want another 4-8 years of political Oligarchy where the political power rests on small elite families. We have already experienced the Bushes and Clintons combined for 16 years in office. There was a reason why our government limited the presidential term to Two 4- year terms.

    Oligarchy – is a form of government where political power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society (whether distinguished by wealth, family or military powers)

    January 9, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. Anonymous

    I can not imagine the scruples of the media and reporters playing the race/gender card to Influence the public when America is facing real economic failure not to mention the Mid Eastern war. The focus should remain on WHICH CANIDATE HAS THE BEST SOLUTION...... NOT RACE OR GENDER!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE WE NOT BEYOUND THIS??????????

    January 18, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. ann cornwell

    I have been watching CNN this morning and you were giving an update of the CNN Election Express Bus Tour across the country. Included in your report was a map of the United States that shows the route the Express Bus it taking. I could not believe that CNN was showing Arknsas as AK (which is Alaska). Someone in your news room needs to check the states a little closer. Since I live in Arkansas and the bus tour traveled across our state I would think someone would have checked a little closer and learned that Arkansas is AR, not AK.

    January 26, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Bob Graham

    WOW CNN Can'yt you "DO THE MATH" You showed a graphic of a pie chart with all the democrats results on it. It showed Obama had 53% of the vote but the piece of the pie for him was not even half. 53% is more than half a pie. Your chart is wrong. This was on Sunday Morning at 7am CST.

    Also, put the latest comment at the top of the page not the bottom........

    January 27, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
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