(LANDOVER, Md.) -- President Obama keeps up the energy focus with his weekly address, repeating the theme of his week to decrease the nation's 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."
Taped from the UPS customer center in Landover, Md., the president repeats his goal -- outlined in his "Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future" -- of cutting oil imports by one-third in a little over a decade. At the time of his election, the U.S. imported 11 million barrels of oil each day.
"By doing so, we’re going to make our economy less vulnerable to wild swings in oil prices. We’re going to use cleaner sources of energy that don’t imperil our climate. And we’re going to spark new products and businesses all over the country by tapping America’s greatest renewable resource: our ingenuity."
The president notes that drilling alone is not going to replace American dependence on foreign oil. Obama says that using less oil and investing in cleaner fuels will lead to "real energy security." He then highlights an agreement secured since he took office with major auto companies requiring them to raise fuel efficiency in their vehicles. Now, President Obama says, this will save Americans "about 1.8 billion barrels of oil as a country."
Mr. Obama says he plans to build on this progress and "harness new technologies to fuel our vehicles with everything from biofuels to natural gas to advanced batteries."
Obama concludes his address challenging Americans to keep up the momentum after learning the economy had added 230,000 private sector jobs last month for a total of 1.8 million private sector jobs in the last 13 months.
"That's a good sign," he says. "But we have to keep up the momentum, and transitioning to a clean energy economy will help us do just that. It will ensure that the United States of America is home to the jobs and industries of tomorrow. That's how we'll win the future."
Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio
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