June 29th, 2009
02:08 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama announces new energy efficiency measures


WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday announced new steps to reduce America's energy use, including tougher standards for light bulbs and expedited investment in more energy efficient homes and businesses.

"We can remain the world's leading importer of oil, or we can become the world's leading exporter of clean energy," Obama said at a brief White House appearance with Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

His announcement came after Friday's approval by the House of a sweeping climate change bill that Obama hailed as landmark legislation to strengthen the economy and battle global warming.


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Me in Big D

    Oh brother! His dirty little fingers are in every aspect of our lives! Wait until the take hikes come – we're all going to be wondering how we are going to repay Obama's "wish list", let along the trillions he is spending of OUR money! Wake up people!

    June 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Ted

    Watch out! The hot air from the GOP is just about to start. It is too bad we can't capture the GOP's hot air as I bet we could use it for a great power source.

    Thank you Barack Obama for bringing up the subjects that will actually benefit all of the American people. The GOP will be against it as they are and have been against everything that would be good for the nation.

    The part of NO needs to get a grip.

    June 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Randolph Carter

    So don't be cross when Obama says turn that extra light out.
    Just turn it off till we find us a fuel that never runs out.
    If everyone tries a bit harder,
    Our fuel will go farther and farther.
    Energy ... We're gonna be stretchin' you out.

    Have a nice day!

    June 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Lowell

    Let's be the lead exporter of clean energy and get some money from other countries who are buying the energy. Maybe that'll help get us out of the recession.

    June 29, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Somehow in there, I know we pay for it. This president has not had an idea that we have not had to pay for, and some how they all seem to benefit only George Soros, ACORN and the unions.

    June 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Enough

    This is going to cost a fortune. Hope we can afford these new light bulbs. Exactly how is this going to strengthen the economy?? Funny, he babbles off his rhetoric with nothing to back it up and nobody in the media questions him. The media needs to quit being in awe of Obama and start doing their jobs and ask the tough questions we want answers to.

    June 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    This Obama moment has been brought to you by General Electric.

    June 29, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Joanna in PA

    Pass the bill NOW!

    June 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. OneWiseGuy

    Thank God for Barack Obama

    June 29, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Hugo

    Instead of setting more non-enforceable requirements for consumers why isn't the Obama Administration setting up tax incentives for American businesses and industries to modify their shops to incorporate modern technological advances in energy. Think about a tax incentive program that rewards American industry for producing with "Clean" energy efficient products utilizing American workers in American shops? If the real driving force of all of this isn't for unlimited governmental control then the ignorance in all this is unbelievable, how about building some nuclear power generating stations and get us off the coal and oil, do you think that might have a bigger impact and help the economy? I personally would much rather have the Federal Government tell me what freaking light bulb to use!

    June 29, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Deborah/Kansas City

    Keep moving us forward and thank you for your efforts.

    June 29, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. mjm

    Save the planet......destroy the Country. Good plan.

    June 29, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. George

    It's about time. Bush could have done the same thing, but his oil rich friends would not allow him to do that. Its sure nice to see a president that is not owned by big oil.

    June 29, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Louise

    Better light bulbs...now that ought to do the trick!

    June 29, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. jaye

    Now is the time to think of the future – and the future needs clean energy to survive.
    Our country and our world is in peril – so stop being selfish and start doing what's necessary to clean up our earth.
    I applaud our president!!!!

    June 29, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. READTHEBILL

    We must hold these politicians accountable for not reading bills they are passing. This bill is BAD. Just go to the House of representative web sit and read it for yourself. The governement claims you will be refunded for high utility cost, but the bill says "SOME (not all) LOW INCOME" will receive refunds. It is time we as Americans start reading these bill ourselves and not leave it up to the media. Also, if you try to sell your home, it must be inspected by enviromentalists to make sure it meets energy codes. For example, if your appliances do not meet the code, you will not be able to sell your house until they are replaced. WE MUST EDUCATE OURSELVES AND NOT BE DUMBED DOWN BY THE MEDIA AND POLITICIANS.

    June 29, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. didi

    "Excellent"

    June 29, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. A Couple Questions...

    1.) How much oil is used to generate electricity in the U.S? I thought that coal was the primary fuel
    2) Who are we going to export our "clean energy surplus" to? Mexico ? (think they can afford it?)? How are we going to do it ? Really, really long high voltage cables?

    Sounds like double-speak from the book "1984"...

    June 29, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. annie against biased news

    Yes, george soros makes most of these light bulbs if not all (GE) and we all know how indebted obama is to george soros.

    June 29, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Susan

    Yeah, it's a sweeping bill, poised to add more coal use, and weaken the Clean Air Act again. We can only pray the Senate Dems step up and fix it.

    June 29, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Despite what GOP argues as a 'disaster' to industry, history has proven that such energy efficiency measures help the economy. In the 70s and 80s during and in wake of the last great oil crisis the government imposed new fuel and energy efficiency measures. In turn the economy boomed, the car industry became more competetive, and survived and thrived for several decades since! So if the republicans want to contend that the administration in the 80s destroyed industry, they're welcome to. (hint: the president's initials were RR)

    June 29, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. annie s

    Thank you Mr. President!

    June 29, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Peter E

    For those who think opening up the ANWLR for oil will solve our energy crisis, consider this: a) American oil companies set their prices based on the international market, not just domestic production. Hence OPEC can easily offset any production increase from us. b) America consumes over 20 million barrels a day. Even the oil-friendly Bush administration's own energy task force concluded that ANWLR would not produce more than 1 million barrels a day, and only after reaching peak production in about a decade. c) US oil companies are under no obligation to sell their product to America. In fact they admit they currently export a lot of their oil overseas.
    The only people who'll benefit from opening ANWLR will be the oil companies. The rest of America will not get a single dime out of it!

    June 29, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Obama Victim

    must be a slow day in The Kremlin......a statement on light bulbs.... wonder how much electricity we could save if this guy would stay off T V for awhile??

    June 29, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    I wonder if union workers will be exempt from higher energy costs, just like Obama wants to exempt them from paying taxes on their health benefits.

    June 29, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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