in this country, when presidents and politicians use terms like "u.s. interests" and "the flow of commerce" in the
, often those are just euphemisms for oil and the u.s. cannot function without it. we import about 11 million
barrels per day
attempted something today other presidents have attempted. he set an ambitious goal for breaking america's reliance on
tonight with more on this. savannah, good evening.
good evening, brian. the president said today we americans have kind of a familiar pattern. we go from shock when prices go up at the pump to a trance when they go back down, never solving the underlying problems. like many presidents before him, he vowed today to change that.
president of the united states
under pressure with
at home surging and unrest in the
today outlined his plan to wean america off
and we will keep on being a victim to shifts in the oil market until we finally get serious about a long-term policy for a secure, affordable energy future.
the president's goal, cut oil imports by a third over ten years, by reducing u.s. consumption, greater use of
, biofuels and
, and by boosting
oil and gas
production here at home. the president accused
of sitting on existing oil leases without exploring or drilling. but republicans say it's democrats who are slowing domestic exploration with increased regulation in the wake of the
so the problem isn't that we need to look elsewhere for our energy, the problem is that democrats don't want us to use the energy we have.
driven by turmoil in the
, the nationwide average cost per gallon has jumped, now $3.55, prices not seen since
in the height of the presidential campaign. still, a potent pocketbook issue that could affect the president's political fortunes in
i've got to be honest. we've run into the same political gridlock, the same inertia that has held us back for decades. that has to change.
and the president said
is also part of the plan, but in the wake of what happened in japan, he's ordered a safety review of all u.s.