Full Text Obama Presidency March 10, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address Discusses Rising Gas Prices & Investing in a Clean Energy Future

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President Obama talks about how companies are creating more jobs in the United States, making better products than ever before, and how many are developing new technologies that are reducing our dependence on foreign oil and saving families money at the pump.

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address

Weekly Address: Investing in a Clean Energy Future

Source: WH, 3-10-12

Speaking from a factory in Virginia, President Obama talks about how companies are creating more jobs in the United States, making better products than ever before, and how many are developing new technologies that are reducing our dependence on foreign oil and saving families money at the pump.

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WEEKLY ADDRESS: Investing in a Clean Energy Future

In his weekly address, President Obama spoke to the American people from a factory in Petersburg, Virginia about the growing trend of companies creating more jobs in the United States, and also making better products than ever before.  The new technologies they are developing are playing an important role in reducing our dependence on foreign oil and saving families money at the pump. Under the Obama Administration, domestic oil and gas production is up, and we are currently producing more oil at home than any time in the last eight years, but with only 2% of the world’s oil reserves, we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.  We need an all-of-the-above strategy that focuses on American-made energy, as well as increasing the fuel efficiency of the cars we drive, saving families money and dramatically reducing our reliance on foreign oil. The President also called on Congress to end the $4 billion in subsidies to oil companies each year so that we can invest in clean energy technologies.  There is no silver bullet to solve high gas prices, but together we can work to overcome our energy challenges as we create new American jobs.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
Petersburg, Virginia
March 10, 2012

Hi, everybody. I’m speaking to you this week from a factory in Petersburg, Virginia, where they’re bringing on more than 100 new workers to build parts for the next generation of jet engines.

It’s a story that’s happening more frequently across the country. Our businesses just added 233,000 jobs last month – for a total of nearly four million new jobs over the last two years. More companies are choosing to bring jobs back and invest in America. Manufacturing is adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s, and we’re building more things to sell to the rest of the world stamped with three proud words: Made in America.

And it’s not just that we’re building stuff. We’re building better stuff. The engine parts manufactured here in Petersburg will go into next-generation planes that are lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient.

That last part is important. Because whether you’re paying for a plane ticket, or filling up your gas tank, technology that helps us get more miles to the gallon is one of the easiest ways to save money and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

The recent spike in gas prices has been another painful reminder of why we have to invest in this technology.   As usual, politicians have been rolling out their three-point plans for two-dollar gas: drill, drill, and drill some more.  Well, my response is, we have been drilling.  Under my Administration, oil production in America is at an eight-year high.  We’ve quadrupled the number of operating oil rigs, and opened up millions of acres for drilling.

But you and I both know that with only 2% of the world’s oil reserves, we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices – not when consume 20 percent of the world’s oil. We need an all-of-the-above strategy that relies less on foreign oil and more on American-made energy – solar, wind, natural gas, biofuels, and more.

That’s the strategy we’re pursuing.  It’s why I went to a plant in North Carolina earlier this week, where they’re making trucks that run on natural gas, and hybrid trucks that go further on a single tank.

And it’s why I’ve been focused on fuel efficient cars since the day I took office. Over the last few years, the annual number of miles driven by Americans has stayed roughly the same, but the total amount of gas we use has been going down. In other words, we’re getting more bang for our buck.

If we accelerate that trend, we can help drivers save a significant amount of money. That’s why, after 30 years of inaction, we finally put in place new standards that will make sure our cars average nearly 55 miles per gallon by the middle of the next decade – nearly double what they get today. This wasn’t easy: we had to bring together auto companies, and unions, and folks who don’t ordinarily see eye to eye. But it was worth it.

Because these cars aren’t some pie in the sky solution that’s years away. They’re being built right now – by American workers, in factories right here in the U.S.A. Every year, our cars and trucks will be able to go further and use less fuel, and pretty soon, you’ll be able to fill up every two weeks instead of every week – something that, over time, will save the typical family more than $8,000 at the pump.  We’ll reduce our oil consumption by more than 12 billion barrels. That’s a future worth investing in.

So we have a choice.  Right now, some folks in Washington would rather spend another $4 billion on subsidies to oil companies each year. Well you know what?  We’ve been handing out these kinds of taxpayer giveaways for nearly a century.  And outside of Congress, does anyone really think that’s still a good idea?  I want this Congress to stop the giveaways to an oil industry that’s never been more profitable, and invest in a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising.  We should be investing in the technology that’s building the cars and trucks and jets that will prevent us from dealing with these high gas prices year after year after year.

Ending this cycle of rising gas prices won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight. But that’s why you sent us to Washington – to solve tough problems like this one. So I’m going to keep doing everything I can to help you save money on gas, both right now and in the future. I hope politicians from both sides of the aisle join me. Let’s put aside the bumper-sticker slogans, remember why we’re here, and get things done for the American people.

Thank you, God bless you, and have a great weekend.

Campaign Buzz March 10, 2012: Mitt Romney Wins Wyoming’s Republican County Conventions

CAMPAIGN 2012

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

IN FOCUS: MITT ROMNEY WINS WYOMING’S COUNTY CONVENTIONS

Romney wins Wyoming, AP reports: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won Wyoming’s county conventions in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the Associated Press reported Saturday…. – CBS News, 3-10-12

  • Romney wins Wyoming; Santorum takes Kansas: Rick Santorum won 33 delegates in the Kansas Republican presidential caucuses Saturday, but Mitt Romney limited the damage by winning delegates in three US territories…. – AP, 3-10-12
  • Romney wins presidential delegate vote at Republican county conventions in Wyoming: Romney wins presidential delegate vote at Republican county conventions in Wyoming…. -WaPo, 3-10-12

Campaign Buzz March 10, 2012: Rick Santorum Decisively Wins Kansas Caucuses — Takes over 50 percent of the vote, delegate majority

CAMPAIGN 2012

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum salutes supporters at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, Miss. Santorum has strong support among many conservative Christians in the state which his campaign hopes results in winning the Mississippi primary, on Tuesday, March 13.

Rogelio V. Solis/AP

IN FOCUS: RICK SANTORUM DECISIVELY WINS KANSAS CAUCUSES — TAKES OVER 50 PERCENT OF VOTE, DELEGATE MAJORITY

Santorum Takes a Decisive Victory in Kansas Caucuses: Rick Santorum extended his winning streak of Midwestern and Southern states with the help of evangelical Christians and others calling themselves “very conservative.”… – NYT, 3-10-12

“We are very pleased to see the Santorum surge sweeping through the Jayhawk State. This is a great win for the campaign and further evidence that conservatives and tea party loyalists are uniting behind Rick as the true, consistent conservative in this race.” — Rick Santorum spokesperson Hogan Gidley

  • Santorum takes Kansas, Romney strong in Wyoming: Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucuses in a rout on Saturday and Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney showed strength in Wyoming, a weekend prelude to suddenly pivotal Southern showdowns in the week ahead…. – AP, 3-10-12
  • Santorum takes Kansas in a rout, Romney strong in Wyoming: Rick Santorum’s strong win in the Kansas caucuses Saturday will give him most of the delegates there. Now it’s on to primary elections in Alabama and Mississippi next Tuesday…. – CS Monitor, 3-10-12
  • Santorum captures Kansas caucuses, Romney shows strength in Wyoming in GOP Caucuses: Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucuses in a rout on Saturday and Mitt Romney showed strength in Wyoming, the latest contests in the grinding campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Returns from 61 percent of Kansas precincts … – WaPo, 3-10-12
  • Santorum Rolls to Easy Win in Kansas: Rick Santorum easily won the Republican presidential caucuses in Kansas on Saturday after his rivals for the GOP nomination largely bypassed campaigning there. Mr. Santorum campaigned in Kansas on Wednesday and…. – WSJ, 3-10-12
  • Santorum adds delegates with win in Kansas caucuses; Romney gets delegates in territories: Rick Santorum has picked up at least 32 delegates in Saturday’s caucuses, and he could get even more if his margin of victory holds up in Kansas. Mitt Romney has added at least 23 delegates, most of them from winning contests in Guam and … – WaPo, 3-10-12
  • Santorum wins Kansas GOP caucuses: Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has won the Kansas Republican caucuses, the Associated Press projects, giving his campaign a boost as he seeks to make the case for a one-on-one contest against former … – WaPo, 3-10-12
  • Santorum wins Kansas caucuses, CNN projects: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, whose top two foes essentially conceded the state, will win Saturday’s GOP Kansas caucuses, CNN projects…. – CNN, 3-10-12
  • Strong support for Santorum at one Kansas caucus site: Hundreds of Republicans turned out on a crisp, clear Saturday in the state’s largest city to cast votes in a presidential contest that could influence the drawn-out race, likely giving Rick Santorum bragging rights as he competes to win…. – LAT, 3-10-12
  • Santorum Leads in Kansas Caucuses’ Vote Count: Rick Santorum appeared to be on his way to a decisive victory in the Kansas caucuses on Saturday. With about a third of the votes counted by midday, Mr. Santorum held a large double-digit lead percentagewise over his rivals…. – NYT, 3-10-12
  • Solid in Kansas, Santorum Seeks to Build Margin: “We chased all the candidates out of Kansas!” Rick Santorum boomed as he took the podium one day before Saturday’s caucuses in the state, which his two leading rivals are not seriously pursuing. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have … – NYT, 3-9-12
  • Santorum banking on victory in Kansas caucuses: NBC’s Mark Murray joins MSNBC to explain why delegates in Mississippi and Alabama could shape the rest of the GOP race. By Tom Curry, msnbc.com National Affairs Writer Setting the stage for primary elections Tuesday in Alabama and Mississippi…. – msnbc.com, 3-10-12
  • Rick Santorum aims to narrow race against Mitt Romney: Rick Santorum, hoping to notch a win in the Kansas caucuses on Saturday, flew into the state Friday for rallies in the capital and Wichita, the largest city, pitching himself to the state’s voters as the true conservative in contrast to … – LAT, 3-9-12
  • Santorum hopes to narrow the field in Kansas: The former Pennsylvania senator aims for a big boost as Republicans in the conservative state hold caucuses. Ron Paul shadows him on the campaign trail. Rick Santorum campaigns in Wichita, Kan… – LAT, 3-9-12
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