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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