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March 8, 2012

Excerpts from Remarks by the President on Energy — Mount Holly, NC

Excerpts President’s Energy Speech  •  White House Press Office  •  Posted 2012-03-08 13:02:29

Here is the truth. If we are going to control our energy future, then we’ve got to have an all-of-the-above strategy. We’ve got to develop every source of American energy — not just oil and gas, but wind power and solar power, nuclear power, biofuels. We need to invest in the technology that will help us use less oil in our cars and our trucks, in our buildings, in our factories. That’s the only solution to the challenge. Because as we start using less, that lowers the demand, prices come down. It’s pretty straightforward. That’s the only solution to this challenge.
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What Makes Gasoline Prices Go Up?

FELICITY BARRINGER  •  New York Times  •  Posted 2012-03-08 13:02:54

On the day after Super Tuesday, the federal Energy Information Administration came out with a striking fact: in 2011, the United States, for the first time since 1949, exported more petroleum products than it imported. On the big primary voting day, the same agency delivered news that might be even more relevant to current campaign oratory: the rise in gasoline prices is expected to continue. Its short-term forecast seemed particularly bleak: “During the April through September summer driving season this year, prices are forecast to average about $3.92 per gallon with a peak monthly average price of $3.96 per gallon in May.”
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Midwestern wind industry touts homegrown success but worries about federal RPS

Daniel Cusick  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-08 13:03:29

Wind power leaders meeting here this week say they will leave “no stone unturned” as they seek to win votes in Congress for a renewal of the federal production tax credit (PTC) before the end of the year. Should they fail in Washington, however, industry executives said other drivers — including state-based renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) and lower electricity costs borne of technology improvements and other efficiencies — should sustain wind power developments in 2013 and beyond, albeit at a smaller scale [ read more … ]

President Pushes to Add More Credits for Hybrids

JACKIE CALMES  •  New York Times  •  Posted 2012-03-08 13:03:53

President Obama on Wednesday proposed sweetened tax incentives and subsidies to spur the market for alternative-power cars and trucks, promoting his “all of the above” energy strategy while warning against other politicians’ “quick fixes” to the latest spike in gasoline prices. [ read more … ]

Enviros challenge first large-scale wind farm in national forest

Scott Streater  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-08 13:04:10

Environmentalists are challenging the Forest Service’s approval of the first utility-scale wind farm on national forestland, potentially delaying a project that was supposed to signal the agency’s readiness to assume a greater role in renewable energy development. [ read more … ]

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