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" "merica can come together to passcomprehensive energy and climatelegislation that is going to foster newenergy, new industries and protect ourplanet, assures Barack Obama, President of the UnitedStates of America. America's energy security is an issue that has been apriority for my administration since the day I tookoffice. Already, we have made the largest investment inclean energy in our nation's history. It is an investmentthat is expected to create or save more than 700,000jobs across America - jobs manufacturing advancedbatteries for more efficient vehicles; upgrading thepower grid so that it is smarter and it is stronger;doubling our nation's capacity to generate renewableelectricity from sources like the wind and the sun.And just a few months after taking office, I alsogathered the leaders of the world's largest automakers,the heads of labour unions, environmental advocates,and public officials from California and across thecountry to reach a historic agreement to raise fueleconomy standards in cars and trucks. And tomorrow,after decades in which we have done little to increaseauto efficiency, those new standards will be finalised,which will reduce our dependence on oil while helpingfolks spend a little less at the pump.So my administration is upholding its end of the deal,and we expect all parties to do the same. I would alsopoint out this rule to be announced about increasedmileage standards will save 1.8 billion barrels of oil.That is like taking 58 million cars off the road for a year.Today, we are also going to go one step further. In orderto save energy and taxpayer dollars, my administration- led by Secretary Chu at Energy, as well asAdministrator Johnson at GSA - is doubling thenumber of hybrid vehicles in the federal fleet, even aswe seek to reduce the number of cars and trucks usedby our government overall. So we are going to lead byexample and practice what we preach: cutting waste,saving energy, and reducing our reliance on foreign oil.But we have to do more. We need to make continuedinvestments in clean coal technologies and advancedbiofuels. Recently, I announced loan guarantees tobreak ground on America's first new nuclear facility inthree decades, a project that will create thousands ofjobs. And as we transition to cleaner energy sources, wehave still got to make tough decisions about openingnew offshore areas for oil and gas development in waysthat protect communities and coastlines.This is not a decision I have made lightly. It's one thatKen [Salazar, Secretary of Interior] and I - as well asCarol Browner, my energy advisor, and others - lookedat for more than a year. But the bottom line is, givenour energy needs, in order to sustain economic growthand produce jobs, and keep our businessescompetitive, we will need to harness traditionalsources of fuel even as we ramp up production of newsources of renewable, homegrown energy.So today we are announcing the expansion of offshoreoil and gas exploration, but in ways that balance theneed to harness domestic energy resources and theneed to protect America's natural resources. Under theleadership of Secretary Salazar, we will employ newtechnologies that reduce the impact of oil exploration.We will protect areas vital to tourism, the environment,and our national security. And we will be guided not bypolitical ideology, but by scientific evidence. Aroundthe world, countries are seeking an edge in the globalmarketplace by investing in new ways of producing andMain Picture: USPresident Barack ObamaMOVING TOWARDS CLEANER ENERGY ANDHEALTHIER PLANETWE ARE GOINGTO PRACTICE WHATWE PREACH: CUTTING WASTE, SAVING ENERGY,AND REDUCINGOUR RELIANCE ON FOREIGN OIL022G8 MEMBER COUNTRIESABARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza

G8 MEMBER COUNTRIES023saving energy. From China to Germany, countriesrecognise that the nation that leads the clean energyeconomy will lead the global economy. Andmeanwhile, here at home, as politicians in Washingtondebate endlessly about whether to act, our own militaryhas determined that we can no longer afford not to.So moving towards clean energy is about our security.It is also about our economy. And it is about the futureof our planet. And what I hope is, the policies we havelaid out - from hybrid fleets to offshore drilling; fromnuclear energy to wind energy - underscores theseriousness with which my administration takes thischallenge. It is a challenge that requires us to breakout of the old ways of thinking, to think and act anew.And it requires each of us, regardless of whether we arein the private sector or the public sector, whether weare in the military or in the civilian side of government,to think about how we could be doing things better andsmarter - so that we are no longer tethered to thewhims of what happens somewhere in the Middle Eastor with other major oil-producing nations.So I am open to proposals from my Democratic andRepublican friends. I think we can break out of thebroken politics of the past when it comes to our energypolicy. I know we can come together to passcomprehensive energy and climate legislation that isgoing to foster new energy - new industries, createmillions of new jobs, protect our planet, and help usbecome more energy independent. That is what we cando. That is what we must do. And I am confident thatis what we will do. nThis is an edited version of President Barack Obama'sremarks on Energy Security at Andrews Air Force Baseon 31 March 2010. For more information please visit:www.whitehouse.gov.