Obama to lay out plan for energy security in concerted effort to shift the public dialogue

In a speech Wednesday at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., President Obama will outline his plan for America’s energy security, and according to senior White House officials, forge a new course in public discussion on the future of the country’s oil supply and energy independence.

The speech marks the beginning of a concerted effort from the administration to communicate a satisfying energy plan in the wake of increasingly broad criticism of its approach to regulations and offshore drilling.

In a press call with reporters, one senior White House official said the president would stress the point that the U.S. sees an energy crisis every few years and every time, politicians offer a variety of solutions that solves only short-term, rather than long-term problems.

Obama is also expected to say in his speech that if the country follows his energy agenda, oil imports will be reduced by a third in a little over a decade.

The energy agenda focuses on four key areas: incentives for rapid, responsible domestic oil production; incentives for natural gas, developing biofuels (like ethanol, which according one White House official, has already made a “significant contribution”); and efficiency in car and truck emissions standards.

Obama will also reaffirm his commitment to the “aggressive but achievable” goal he laid out in his State of the Union to reach 80 percent of energy from alternative sources by 2025.

“What you’ve seen from this administration from day one is we are using administrative authority aggressively to help achieve reduction [of oil] across the board,” said a White House official.

The administration has been hammered hard in recent weeks by a bipartisan coalition on Capitol Hill and industry members who view Obama’s energy agenda, and specifically the de-facto moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, as harmful to U.S. jobs and economic progress.

Most recently, the National Association of Manufacturers launched a campaign blasting the federal government’s approach to energy. The multi-million dollar media blitz will take place in Arkansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and will target “job killing” regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The president’s speech comes the day after the Republican-controlled House ramped up legislative attacks on the Obama Administration’s energy agenda. Republican Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, announced three new proposals Tuesday as part of the new American Energy Initiative, to get rid of barriers to domestic oil production.

The Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing now Act, and the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act would establish a timeline for the administration to consider drilling permits, require the administration to conduct lease sales in the Gulf, and lift the de-facto moratorium by forcing the administration to act on the 2012-2012 lease plans, respectively.

“These bills will directly reverse Obama Administration actions that have locked-up America’s vast offshore oil and natural gas resources,” said Hastings. “In contrast to the President’s drill to nowhere plan, this is a drill smart plan..With thousands unemployed in the Gulf region and gasoline prices nearing $4 per gallon, swift action must be taken to reverse course and increase U.S. energy production.”

Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, responded positively to the bills by saying they will make use of the 40 billion barrels of oil in the Gulf and the 14 billion barrels of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

“These resources can, and should, be producing thousands of well-paying jobs, providing millions of barrels of oil per day to our nation, and bringing in billions in royalties to the cash-strapped federal government,” said Pyle.  “Instead, the Obama Administration has kept most of it under lock and key and indicated that they will remain locked up until at least 2017.”

Also on Capitol Hill, the Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on an amendment introduced by Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky based on legislation offered by Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma to block the EPA regulations. The date of the vote, however, has shifted several times.

Votes could also come on two Democratic amendments. One, introduced by Sen. Max Baucus of Montana would exempt small polluters from the regulations. The other, from Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia would delay implementation of the regulations for two years.


  • Drahcir

    I think I figgered out what is going on, BO isn’t in charge his staff is.And who knows who they listen to!He is just a figure-head, a face in front of the camera.He wants his party to deal with the government and leave him out of it.He does not need to be at every little decision about government.Only the big ones, like re-election.Everything else is just a waiste of time.If I am wrong then we are wrong.

  • russ311

    Obama will also reaffirm his commitment to the “aggressive but achievable” goal he laid out in his State of the Union to reach 80 percent of energy from alternative sources by 2025.

    Smoke and mirrors. Sleight of hand and misdirection. Obfuscation and deception. Wishful thinking as Hope. Expedient and impractical solutions to abandon proven resources all for the sake of Change. That is all he offers. Unless Obama pulls out of his pocket not another speech, but instead the formula for cold fusion or a means to harness dark matter, his energy agenda is nothing more than pie in the sky lies intended to delay and/or prevent America’s energy resource stability.

  • PhotogTom

    This from a President that promotes off-shore drilling – in Brazil – while simultaneously blocking all attempts to utilize the vast domestic energy resources that this country has. Soros must be proud of his puppet.

  • notalone

    Shut the pie hole barry boy we are sick of your lies, deceitfulness, arrogance and criticism of our country that we love and obviously you hate. What a sorry sob.

  • Snidely70448

    President Obama’s Energy plan seems to be that he will make the USA less competitive with China, India and other emerging nations, US manufacturing will all move to these countries, and the USA will be reduced to a beggar nation.

  • recovered dem

    Can’t stand to hear his smug lying voice any more!

    It took him weeks to respond to the oil spill and Libya because he was too busy playing golf, partying and vacationing. It’s taken weeks for him to respond to the latest oil problems while gas prices has been going up and hurting Americans because he was busy campaigning, golfing, partying and vacationing. Of course it would probably be best for the country if Obama stayed on a permanent vacation because whatever his latest plan is it will undoubtly hurt struggling middle class Americans the most.

  • TommyV

    I’m on pins and needles waiting for him to tell me more BS…..no one cares anymore what you say!