Mr. Obama, seeking to capitalize on energy trends for which his administration is only partly responsible, announced that he was setting a goal of cutting "our oil imports in half by 2020, and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone."
He intends to achieve that goal by increasing domestic oil and gas production, mandating increases in autos' and trucks' fuel economy, substituting ethanol and other alternative fuels for gasoline, streamlining regulation and converting trucks and buses to run on natural gas.
But the campaign said the administration would continue to lease public lands and offshore areas for drilling, including in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska. Industry groups contend that the administration has held back oil development on public lands, and that most of the increased production is coming from private property.
A campaign document says the president is using 2008 as a baseline for the reduction in imports, allowing him to claim credit for several years of declining demand for fuel because of the recession and leasing and production decisions made by former President George W. Bush's administration.
The president's projections are in line with those of government and independent analysts, who say that if current trends continue, imports will decline to levels not seen for decades, even without additional policy changes.
-- John M. Broder
barack is the 'drill baby drill' nonsense that all the people who attacked sarah palin pretended to be against.
the artic ocean will be a drilling land in a 2nd obama term.
remember that when liars like tom hayden drag their tired ass to the corner to whore a little more.
tom hayden is pure trash.
acting like he's in love with barack or something.
maybe he is. we all heard rumors about tom hayden after casey and before jane. he was supposedly quite the little blow job king -- giving, not receiving. you put that off as angry talk meant to destroy some 1 - or did back then. but now you have to wonder, you know?
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'