Obama Talks Oil Spill and the U.S. Energy Future

BARAK Obama used his Oval Office address on Tuesday to solicit support for a climate and energy bill, with critics complaining there were few details about what his administration wants in Senate legislation.

Supporters of a thorough energy and climate legislation were looking for Obama to layout his intentions and plans as the Senate prepares for a summer floor debate, but few specifics were revealed.

Some feel this indicates a variety measures made up from various bills, covering a renewable electricity standard and increasing energy efficiency but possibly not a cap on greenhouse gas emissions.

With the Mexican Gulf oil disaster firmly in mind the U.S. President said:

"I'm happy to look at other ideas and approaches from either party, as long they seriously tackle our addiction to fossil fuels."

Pushing the need for energy legislation on the back of the oil disaster is being used by supporters of the bill and raises criticisms from opponents on the right while the Obama aim is slashing his countries reliance on fossil fuels.

"The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now," Obama said.

Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman; authors of the Senate cap-and-trade bill, stated that Obama has joined them in their challenge.

"There can be no doubt that the president is rolling up his sleeves to ensure we establish a market mechanism to tackle carbon pollution, create hundreds of thousands of new jobs each year, strengthen energy independence and improve the quality of the air we breathe," the Kerry and Lieberman said in a joint statement.

Critics complaining about the lack of detail point to the fact that Obama didn’t voice support for any specific measures to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, although he congratulated the House of Representatives for passing an energy and climate bill last summer, saying "that would move our country towards energy independence."

Obama added:

"Some have suggested raising efficiency standards in our buildings like we did in our cars and trucks. Some believe we should set standards to ensure that more of our electricity comes from wind and solar power.

"All of these approaches have merit and deserve a fair hearing in the months ahead, but the one approach I will not accept is inaction."

Republicans, as expected, rejected Obama’s address for using the Gulf spill to push his political agenda.

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Thursday 17th June 2010

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