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    Obama Administration announces comprehensive strategy for energy security

    News // April 1, 2010

    As part of the Administration’s comprehensive energy strategy President Barack Obama and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar have announced more details of the Obama Administration’s efforts to strengthen our energy security. 

    President Obama and Secretary Salazar announced that the Administration will expand oil and gas development and exploration on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to enhance energy independence in the US whilst protecting fisheries, tourism, and places off U.S. coasts that are not appropriate for development. 

    “I want to emphasize that this announcement is part of a broader strategy that will move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels and foreign oil to one that relies on homegrown fuels and clean energy. And the only way this transition will succeed is if it strengthens our economy in the short term and the long term. To fail to recognize this reality would be a mistake,” said President Obama.

    Over the last year, under the leadership of Secretary Salazar, the Administration has worked to reevaluate previous decisions in an effort to set oil and gas drilling policies on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, and take environmental risks and responsibilities into account.

    “By responsibly expanding conventional energy development and exploration here at home we can strengthen our energy security, create jobs, and help rebuild our economy,” said Salazar. “Our strategy calls for developing new areas offshore, exploring frontier areas, and protecting places that are too special to drill." 

    "By providing order and certainty to offshore exploration and development and ensuring we are drilling in the right ways and the right places, we are opening a new chapter for balanced and responsible oil and gas development here at home.”

     

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