Obama calls for clean energy as Boehner pledges to 'keep the cuts coming'
April 2nd, 2011
10:55 AM ET
11 years ago

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."

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. terry,va

    Explain to us Obummie how you can give Brazil 2 billion dollars to drill in their country and shutdown almost all of OUR oil production. Explain to us Obummie how gas has gone for $1.79 a gallon and it is now $3.58 a gallon and still rising. You are such a GREAT leader aren't you? That's right you are leading us into financial ruin. You can't be that stupid. You must be intentionally trying to destroy this country. We all know that you have traveled the world apologizing for us being the world's leader. Now it must be your mission to make us a third world country.

    April 2, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. terry,va

    The effect of driving smaller cars has put a big dent in the amount of federal taxes coming in from the sale of gas at the pump. Obummie's wonderful solution to the drop in taxes coming in is to tax you on the number of miles you drive. Dumocraps never pass up an opportunity to tax. I say no thanks, I like my big truck. Plenty of metal around me to clear the roads of Obummie bums.

    April 2, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Lisa Mitchell

    First, Terry, va.....you are not a very obsevant person. Gas has not been $1.79 since way way back into the Bush administration, that is NOT Omamas doing. "Financial ruin" also began way back into the Bush administration. Because we are facing it during the Obama administration does not by any stretch indicate that it was Obamas creation, it simply means that he is the one WE elected to deal with it. World wide apology isn't far from necessary. The hatred of America has been a long on-going hatered. Bush, (sorry I keep having to bring your reality to your face) puored gas on that fire by starting a deceptive illegal war in Iraq. Our country owes the world an apology for acting like a bunch of trigger happy, arrogant 2nd graders. Before you call our elected president stupid, and accuse him of treason and being a trader.....look at your GOP, both recently past and current. What Sarah Palin did in India last month is a classic example of exactly what you are accusing the American President of doing. She is the epitome of stupid, her behavior was a clear act of treason, and that, makes her a TRADER!

    April 2, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. gord

    republicans don,t want anything to do with alternative fuels

    April 2, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Liz the First

    Obama is trying to move the country forward into a prosperous and healthy future, and boner is out to destroy the government. which does anyone think will be more beneficial to us all in the long run? I have a solution for the budget deficit, strip every republican everywhere of every government benefit. no more medicare, medicaid, social security, unemployment, not one thin dime of government money for any registered republican. they don't want it anyway, right? this country should have become energy independent decades ago. now that the technology to achieve that goal in the foreseeable future is available, we have no excuse. but the repubs will be standing in the way because they are tools of the oil industry. elections have consequences, and continuing to elect repubs will keep this country from moving into the future. they're all about the past.

    April 2, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. bobby

    it is completely ridiculous that the House leader is arguing about such small small items in the budget to why dont they grow up and seriously attack the ones thta matter medicare medicaid ans social sw
    security...such a bunch of cowards and hypocrites..they could never survive running a real business

    April 2, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |