American Energy

President Obama understands the that prices at the pump, driven by increased world oil prices, are too high and the impact this has on families and businesses on a tight budget.  He also knows there’s no silver bullet to bring down the price at the pump.  That is why he continues to invest in a sustained, all-of-the-above approach to American energy, increasing the efficiency of the vehicles we drive, investing in advanced technologies and alternative fuels, and expanding responsible domestic oil and gas production.

Obama Administration’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future

  • Develop and secure America’s energy supplies:  We need to deploy American assets, innovation, and technology so that we can safely and responsibly develop more energy here at home and be a leader in the global energy economy.  To get there, we need to:
    • Expand Safe and Responsible Domestic Oil and Gas Development and Production
    • Lead the World Toward Safer and More Secure Energy Supplies
  • Provide consumers with choices to reduce costs and save energy:  Volatile gasoline prices reinforce the need for innovation that will make it easier and more affordable for consumers to buy more advanced and fuel-efficient vehicles, use alternative means of transportation, weatherize their homes and workplaces, and in doing so, save money and protect the environment. These measures help families’ pocketbooks, reduce our dependence on finite energy sources and help create good jobs here in the United States.  So, we’re implementing policies that:
    • Reduce Consumers Costs at the Pump with More Efficient Cars and Trucks
    • Cut Energy Bills with More Efficient Homes and Buildings
  • Innovate our way to a clean energy future:  Leading the world in clean energy is critical to strengthening the American economy and winning the future.  We can get there by creating markets for innovative clean technologies that are ready to deploy, and by funding cutting-edge research to produce the next generation of technologies.  And as new, better, and more efficient technologies hit the market, the Federal government needs to put words into action and lead by example.  That’s why we need to:
    • Harness America’s Clean Energy Potential so that 80 percent of electricity will come from clean energy sources by 2035
    • Win the future through Clean Energy Research and Development
    • Lead by Example so that the Federal Government models best practices and clean energy technologies

Read the full Blueprint (pdf).

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  1. CR says:

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    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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      POTUS podium

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      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former first lady Laura Bush help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the U.S. – Afghan Women’s Council.

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  2. CR says:

    all-the-above-energy-strategy

    American Energy

    American Energy: The Facts

    Heather Zichal March 15, 2012 08:03 PM EDT

    Any American who has filled up recently knows that prices at the pump, driven by increased world oil prices, are too high. The President understands the impact this has on families and businesses. He also knows there’s no silver bullet to bring down the price at the pump. That is why he continues to invest in a sustained, all-of-the-above approach to American energy, increasing the efficiency of the vehicles we drive, investing in advanced technologies and alternative fuels, and expanding responsible domestic oil and gas production.

    When it comes to domestic production, the President has made clear he wants us to continue to produce more oil and natural gas. This alone isn’t a solution to high gas prices, but it will help reduce our reliance on foreign oil and our vulnerability to the ups and downs of the international market. On that front, the numbers speak for themselves; every year the President has been in office, domestic oil and gas production is up, foreign imports of oil are down, and currently we are producing more oil than any time in eight years. In fact, imports of foreign oil decreased by a million barrels a day in the last year alone.

    Despite these encouraging trends, there are some who seem to want to paint a bleak picture of the state of American energy. So let’s take a look at the facts.

    In 2011, American oil production reached the highest level in nearly a decade and natural gas production reached an all-time high.

    America’s dependence on foreign oil has gone down every single year since President Obama took office. Thanks to booming U.S. oil and gas production, more efficient cars and trucks, and a world-class refining sector that last year was a net exporter for the first time in 60 years, we have cut net imports by ten percent – or a million barrels a day – in the last year alone.

    Thanks to new fuel economy standards the President announced last year, we will nearly double the efficiency of the cars and trucks we drive – to 55 miles per gallon – by 2025. These historic standards won’t just save the average driver more than $8000 at the pump – they’ll reduce oil imports by 2.2 million barrels a day and put us on track to meeting the President’s goal of reducing oil imports by one-third by the end of the decade, relative to where they were when he ran for office.

    On Monday, the President received a new progress report on his Administration’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future that showcases our historic achievements as part of an all-of-the-above approach to American energy – a strategy aimed at reducing our reliance on foreign oil, saving families and businesses money at the pump, and positioning the United States as the global leader in clean energy.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/15/american-energy-facts

    • CR says:

      Obama’s All-Of-The-Above Energy Strategy

      Uploaded by BarackObamadotcom on Mar 6, 2012

      Get the facts: https://my.barackobama.com/energyfullad

      What are we doing to address rising gas prices? Only President Obama has laid out a real strategy to take control of our energy future. And we’re already seeing a change: US oil production is the highest in 8 years. And our reliance on oil imports is the lowest in 16 years. Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy is a real plan to get control of runaway gas prices and cut our reliance on foreign oil. Get the facts.

    • CR says:

      THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

      FACT SHEET: Obama Administration’s All-of-the-Above Approach to American Energy

      President Obama to Highlight Commitment to American Made Energy

      Over the next two days President Obama will travel to Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio to highlight his Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, including his focus on continuing to expand responsible oil and gas development, increasing the fuel economy of the vehicles we drive which will save families money at the pump, supporting renewable energy sources, and investing in infrastructure and research and development, all of which play a central role in increasing our nation’s energy security.

      Today, the President will begin the trip in Boulder City, Nevada where he will visit the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility, the largest photovoltaic plant operating in the country with nearly one million solar panels powering 17,000 homes. In Boulder City, he will highlight his Administration’s focus on diversifying our energy portfolio, including expanding renewable energy from sources like wind and solar, which thanks in part to investments made by this Administration is set to double in the President’s first term. The President will then travel to oil and gas production fields located on federal lands outside of Maljamar, New Mexico, an area home to more than seventy active drilling rigs. While in Maljamar, the President will highlight the Administration’s commitment to expanding domestic oil and gas production, which has increased each year he has been in office, with domestic oil production currently at an eight year high and domestic natural gas production at an all-time high.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/email-files/fact_sheet_obama_administration_92s_all_of_the_above_a_windows_approach_to_american_energy.pdf

    • CR says:

      For Immediate Release March 21, 2012

      FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Commitment to American Made Energy

      Today, President Obama highlighted his Administration’s focus on a sustained, all-of-the-above approach to developing American energy, which has included doubling renewable electricity generation, increasing oil and gas production on federal lands and waters, and reducing our reliance on foreign oil, most notably through the historic fuel economy standards the President has established, which will nearly double the efficiency of the vehicles we drive and save families $1.7 trillion at the pump. As part of the President’s comprehensive strategy for a secure energy future, he will outline the steps his Administration is taking to promote the development of necessary infrastructure and accelerate the pace of innovation of clean and cost-effective alternatives to traditional fuels.

      * Developing Infrastructure to Support an Economy Built to Last
      * Investing in Clean Energy Innovation and Jobs

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/21/fact-sheet-obama-administration-commitment-american-made-energy

    • CR says:

      Facilitating Safe and Responsible Expansion of Natural Gas Production

      Heather Zichal April 13, 2012 11:56 AM EDT

      A key part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy is expanding production of American energy resources. Since the President took office, energy from renewable sources like wind and solar has nearly doubled, the administration provided funding for the first nuclear power plant in over 30 years, and production of domestic oil and gas has increased each year, trends the President has made clear he wants to make sure continue.

      The most dramatic expansion has been in natural gas. Since taking office the President has made clear that he believes this important, abundant domestic resource holds unique promise to fuel our energy sector, fuel our vehicles, as well as fuel job growth – all while reducing harmful emissions. U.S. natural gas production grew in 2011 – the largest year-over-year volumetric increase in history – and easily eclipsed the previous all-time production record set in 1973.

      To ensure that we can successfully tap this critical resource for decades to come, we must develop it safely and responsibly, taking full advantage of the opportunity while also giving American families and communities the confidence that our air and water are safe.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/04/13/facilitating-safe-and-responsible-expansion-natural-gas-production

      • CR says:

        April 13, 2012

        Readout of Meeting on Interagency Working Group to Support Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Natural Gas

        Today, OIRA Administrator Cass Sunstein and Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate policy Heather Zichal convened a White House meeting with key stakeholders, including representatives from the American Chemistry Council, the American Gas Association, the American Natural Gas Association, the American Petroleum Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Manufacturers, to discuss the recently issued Executive Order supporting safe and responsible development of unconventional domestic natural gas resources. The new Executive Order establishes a deputy-level interagency working group to coordinate policy and to promote sensible, cost-effective approaches. Today’s action is a key part of the administration’s ongoing commitment to an “all of the above” energy approach. Coordinated efforts to promote development of unconventional domestic natural gas resources enhance our energy security and create jobs. The participants in the meeting represented all components of the value chain – from the exploration and production companies to the manufacturers and other end users. The conversation focused on promoting cross-agency coordination and cost-effective approaches as well as additional opportunities for working together to take full advantage of our natural gas resources – all while also providing communities the confidence that environmental protection and public health will not be compromised.

  3. CR says:

    March 16, 2012

    President Obama to Travel to Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio to Highlight American Made Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – On March 21-22, President Obama will travel to Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio to highlight his Administration’s all of the above energy strategy, including his focus on continuing to expand responsible oil and gas development, increasing the fuel economy of the vehicles we drive which will save families money at the pump, supporting renewable energy sources, and investing in infrastructure and research and development, all of which play a central role in increasing our nation’s energy security.

    On Wednesday, the President will begin the tour in Boulder City, Nevada where he will visit the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility, the largest photovoltaic plant operating in the country with nearly one million solar panels powering 17,000 homes. In Boulder City, he will highlight his Administration’s focus on diversifying our energy portfolio, including expanding renewable energy from sources like wind and solar, which thanks in part to investments made by this Administration is set to double in the President’s first term. The President will then travel to oil and gas production fields located on federal lands outside of Carlsbad, New Mexico, an area home to more than seventy active drilling rigs. While in Carlsbad, the President will highlight the Administration’s commitment to expanding domestic oil and gas production, which has increased each year he has been in office, with domestic oil production currently at an eight year high and domestic natural gas production at an all-time high.

    On Thursday, the President will travel to the Cushing, Oklahoma area to discuss his Administration’s commitment to improving and supporting the infrastructure that helps us leverage our domestic resources, while also ensuring these projects are developed in a safe and responsible way. This includes a pipeline that will transport oil from Cushing to the Gulf of Mexico, which will help address the bottleneck of oil that has resulted in large part from increased domestic oil production in the Midwest. In Oklahoma, the President will deliver remarks at a storage yard holding pipes that will be used for the construction of the pipeline. The final stop on the trip will take place at Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio, home to some of the country’s most advanced energy-related research and development.

    • CR says:

      Obama to visit Nevada solar plant

      March 18, 2012 10:00 AM desert dispatch

      President Obama will visit the 48-megawatt Copper Mountain Solar 1 facility in Boulder City, Nev., this week as part of a multistate trip to promote his energy policies. The president will also make stops in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio on the trip Wednesday and Thursday.

      The Boulder City facility, operated by San Diego-based Sempra Energy, is the largest photovoltaic solar plant operating in the country and produces enough electricity to power 17,000 homes, the White House said. The plant sells its electricity to Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

      Obama has defended his administration’s energy policies in recent weeks as polls show that many voters are worried about rising gasoline prices.

      After leaving Nevada, the president will speak at an oil and gas production area in Carlsbad, N.M., a storage facility for oil pipes in Cushing, Okla., and end the trip at Ohio State University on Thursday.

      For the entire article; http://www.desertdispatch.com/news/plant-12609-obama-solar.html

    • CR says:

      President Obama to visit Carlsbad: Visit to stress energy production

      3/19/2012 By Hayley Kappes and Daniel Borunda \ El Paso Times

      President Barack Obama will make a brief stop in Carlsbad on Wednesday and speak about his administration’s “all-of-the-above” approach to increasing the country’s energy security, White House officials said Friday.

      Obama will visit oil and gas production fields on federal land outside of Carlsbad as part of a two-day trip across the country focusing on energy production, officials said.

      Officials said Obama will visit the oil and gas fields to focus on his administration’s commitment to expanding domestic oil and gas production.

      Carlsbad, which is about 160 miles northeast of El Paso, is best known for being home of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which draws thousands of tourists from around the world each year.

      The small city’s economy has a strong presence of mining and the oil and gas industry from fields and mines in southeastern New Mexico.

      Carlsbad Mayor Dale W. Janway said Friday night that he was happy to have Obama visit the community.

      “I think its great. It’s a real opportunity to showcase our area,” he said.

      Janway said he had no idea why Obama would choose to visit Carlsbad, which has a population of about 26,000. The entire population of Eddy County is 53,829, according to the 2010 Census.

      “What I understand, it’s energy related,” Janway said. “The only thing I can think of is how well we are doing, especially on oil and gas. It’s going very well.”

      For the entire article: http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_20194347/obama-visit-carlsbad-presidents-visit-stress-energy-production?source=rss

  4. CR says:

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    Young Americans For Obama

    Young Americans are at the foundation of this campaign. In 2008, young people came together to organize and lead a movement for change that helped Barack Obama win a historic election. Now, three years later, even more is at stake. We need to grow faster and fight harder to protect the progress we’ve made and continue to work for more. Young activists will lead the grassroots effort across the country to build this campaign for 2012 from the ground up.

    The 2012 election will depend on us, as a generation of young leaders, to get the word out about the kind of politics we want to see. We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for, and we’re greater together.

    Young Americans:

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    The Greater Together Student Summit Tour

    The Greater Together Student Summit Tour will run February 2012 to March 2012. The tour will bring together senior campaign officials, community leaders, student representatives and celebrities to discuss key policy issues impacting young Americans. This tour is a chance for students like you to weigh in on the issues that matter to you, and find out how you can start organizing on your campus to ensure a victory in November 2012.

    University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO – March 21, 2012

    For more information on The Greater Together Student Summit Tour: http://www.barackobama.com/young-americans/student-summit

  5. Kat 4 Obama says:

    I totally support PBO’s “all of the above” energy policy!

  6. CR says:

    On March 21 Vice President Biden will deliver remarks at “A Century of Service,” hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center to honor Howard Baker and Bob Dole . The event will be live streamed at http://www.bipartisanpolicy.org

  7. CR says:

    Reid moves to adopt House-passed version of lawmaker insider-trading bill

    3/20/12 4:30 PM ET By Alexander Bolton – TheHill

    The Senate will adopt a House-passed bill to bar lawmakers from trading stocks based on insider information that does not include controversial restrictions on political intelligence-gathering.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday moved to adopt the House legislation, known as the STOCK Act, and skip a bicameral conference to negotiate differences between the two chambers.

    The biggest discrepancy is an amendment adopted by the Senate that would require political intelligence operatives to regularly disclose their activity.

    Gathering political intelligence has become an increasingly lucrative subspecialty of Washington’s lobbying shops. Hedge funds and other money managers employ former aides and reporters to glean closely held information about Congress’s policy plans, which can later form the basis of profitable trades and investments.

    For the entire article; http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/217105-reid-moves-to-adopt-house-version-of-stock-act

  8. CR says:

    DNC bests RNC in February cash

    3/20/12 By ROBIN BRAVENDER – POLITICO

    The Democratic National Committee hauled in about $4 million more than its GOP counterpart last month, new campaign finance reports show.

    The DNC raised $15.4 million in February, compared to the Republican National Committee’s $11.4 million. About $8 million of the Democrats’ cash came through the Obama Victory Fund, a joint committee of the DNC and President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, according to the reports filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission.

    Republicans had more cash on hand heading into this month, with $26.7 million in the bank for the RNC, compared to $21 million for the DNC.

    Both committees were also saddled with debt. The RNC owed $10.9 million in loans, and the DNC held about $5.8 million in debt.

  9. CR says:

    US sets duties on Chinese solar cells

    3/20/12 AFP – 7 hrs ago

    The US set duties on imported solar cells from China on Tuesday, after investigating complaints from US competitors that Beijing provides manufacturers significant subsidies.

    The Department of Commerce said it would immediately begin collecting duties on Chinese-made crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, and modules assembled from the cells, to offset subsidies for producers that run from 2.9 percent to 4.7 percent.

    The main firms hit by the preliminary ruling, it said, were Suntech Power, the world’s largest maker of solar panels, and Trina Solar energy, another leading producer. A final ruling will be issued in June, it said.

    The department said a parallel investigation into whether Chinese producers are dumping underpriced solar cells into the United States is continuing and a ruling will be announced in two months.

    Additionally it ruled that solar panels produced in other countries using Chinese-made solar cells could also be subject to anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties.

    US companies have accused China of improperly subsidizing its solar sector as part of a no-holds-barred commercial battle for supremacy over an industry experts estimate will be worth trillions of dollars in the future.

    Also on Tuesday the Commerce Department confirmed steep anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties set on galvanized steel wire from China and Mexico and on brightening agents used in paper production from China and Taiwan.

    The duties were first set last year under a preliminary ruling.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/us-sets-duties-chinese-solar-cells-193258565.html

  10. CR says:

    Good Wednesday morning everyone! I HOPE that you have a good day! :)

  11. Good morning CR and PPO Fam. HOPE you all have a great Wednesday.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  12. CR says:

    February Existing-Home Sales Slip but Up Strongly From a Year Ago

    3/21/12 Press Release: National Association of Realtors – 12 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwire -03/21/12)- February existing-home sales declined from an upwardly revised January pace but are well above a year ago, while the median price posted a slight gain, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Sales were up in the Midwest and South, offset by declines in the Northeast and West.

    Total existing-home sales(1), which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, slipped 0.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million in February from an upwardly revised 4.63 million in January, but are 8.8 percent higher than the 4.22 million-unit level in February 2011.

    Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said underlying factors are much better compared to one year ago. “The market is trending up unevenly, with record high consumer buying power and sustained job gains giving buyers the confidence they need to get into the market,” he said. “Although relatively unusual, there will be rising demand for both rental space and homeownership this year. The great suppression in household formation during the past four years was unsustainable, and a pent-up demand could burst forth from the improving economy.”

    According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage was a record low 3.89 percent in February, down from 3.92 percent in January; the rate was 4.95 percent in February 2011; recordkeeping began in 1971.

    NAR President Moe Veissi, broker-owner of Veissi & Associates Inc. in Miami, said market conditions are improving. “Supply and demand have become more balanced in more markets, but with tight supply in the lower price ranges — particularly in the West,” he said. “When markets are balanced, we normally see prices rise one to two percentage points above the rate of inflation, but foreclosures and short sales are holding back median prices.”

    For the entire article: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/february-existing-home-sales-slip-140000240.html

  13. CR says:

    Marketplace interviews President Barack Obama. What would you ask?

    3/21/12 Megan Larson – MarketPlace

    FULL STORY
    Today, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal is traveling to Boulder City, Nevada to interview President Barack Obama at the Copper Mountain solar plant. The facility, just outside of Las Vegas, is the nation’s largest, powering 17,000 homes with the use of nearly one million solar panels.

    Copper Mountain is the first stop on a two-day energy tour by President Obama. After Boulder City, he’ll head to Roswell, New Mexico where he will check out the nearby Maljamar oil fields.

    This afternoon Kai will sit down with the president for 15 minutes to ask him about his administration’s “all of the above” energy policy, which advocates the use of both fossil fuels and renewable sources. Jobs, healthcare and housing are among the other topics to be discussed.

    We also want to include a question from YOU. That’s right, post a comment below, or find us on Facebook or Twitter, and let us know what you would ask the president. Stay tuned for programming updates and information on how you can tune in on your local public radio station and our website.

    http://www.marketplace.org/topics/elections/marketplace-interviews-president-barack-obama-what-would-you-ask

    • CR says:

      The Obama interview: U.S. must invest in itself

      3/21/12 Kai Ryssdal – marketplace.org

      (Excerpts)

      On a two-day trip to promote his energy policy, President Obama told Marketplace in an exclusive interview that the U.S. must invest in alternative energy or cede leadership to China. He called on Congress to help create jobs by providing more aid to struggling homeowners and investing more in infrastructure.

      Under attack by Republican critics for rising gas prices, the president is speaking to audiences in four states to argue for what he calls his “all of the above” energy policy: making the United States energy independent by developing all kinds of energy, drilling for oil and gas but also investing in alternative energies such as solar.

      He came to Nevada to visit Boulder City, a city built by the government to house construction workers building the Hoover Dam. Today it’s the site of the Copper Mountain solar plant, the largest operating solar generator in the country, powering 17,000 homes with the use of nearly one million solar panels.

      As Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal put it, the president was “kicking into economic campaign mode.”….

      Ryssdal: Mr. President, thanks for joining us.

      Barack Obama: Great to be here, thank you.

      Ryssdal: We’re talking about your “all of the above” energy strategy. But I wonder whether Americans aren’t more interested in a “one of the above” energy strategy — and that is gas not at $4 a gallon.

      Obama: Look, ultimately what Americans care about is the huge burden that it’s placing on families right now. If you have to drive 50 miles to work — I hear from a lot of folks who do — then this is a real strain on budgets. So their most immediate concern is gas prices. But it’s interesting, when you talk to Americans across the country, what they also realize is that there’s no silver bullet; they want to make sure that we’ve got strong oil and gas production; and they’re glad to hear that we’re starting to make progress on natural gas, on additional oil production here in the United States. They also understand that if we’ve only got 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves and we’re using 20 percent of the world’s oil, then the math is not going to add up unless we also develop the kinds of new technologies that are represented by this solar panel field out here.

      Ryssdal: Acknowledging there’s no silver bullet, you get criticized by Republicans on their campaign trail. Your response has been: We’re drilling as much as we can, more oil than any time in the past eight years. Is there more you can do so that it doesn’t cost $55 to fill up your tank?

      Obama: The main reason that you’re seeing the kind of gas spike that we’re seeing right now has to do with uncertainty in the Middle East. So a lot of this has to do with the risk premium that’s being tacked on — people aren’t certain about what’s going to happen with Iran. There’s also been some tightening in the market because some unlikely places like Sudan and Yemen — they may only produce 100,000 barrels or 200,000 barrels — but when you add it all up, you’ve seen about a million barrels taken off the market. And what that means is is that even if we’re producing as fast as we can, we’re still not going to see gas prices where we’d like them to be unless we’re also focused on being more efficient with the oil and gas that we have.

      So as you said, we’re producing more than any time in the last eight years. We’ve actually reduced oil imports to under 50 percent, and they’re as low as they’ve been in a long time over the last couple of years. What we now need to do is open up additional sites for drilling — and we’re doing that actually, even on public lands we’ve increased permitting by about 13 percent — but what we’ve also got to do is double fuel efficiency standards on cars. We’re slated right now by the next decade to see fuel efficiency standards go up to 55 miles a gallon — that can save families about $8,000 during a lifetime of a car. We’re going to have to make sure that we’re using oil in our businesses a lot more efficiently. So if we add improved production with increased efficiency, then over time, we can regain control over our energy supplies.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/obama-interview-us-must-invest-itself

  14. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Wednesday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  15. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:15 PM EDT
    White House Champions of Change: Affordable Care Act
    The White House will honor ten leaders as Champions of Change for their dedication to improving access to health care. These individuals are helping others in their community understand the impact and opportunities from the health care law, the Affordable Care Act.
    The White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      Champions of Change: Affordable Care Act

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 21, 2012

      The White House honors 10 Champions of Change who are dedicated to improving access to health care. These individuals are helping others in their community understand the impact and opportunities from the health care law, the Affordable Care Act. The President’s health law gives hardworking, middle-class families the security they deserve and forces insurance companies to play by the rules. Thanks to these Champions, Americans across the country are learning more about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and getting the health care they need.

  16. Etch A Sketch of our President!

  17. CR says:

    <br />
Since_Sept2010_2.5M_young_adults_gained_ HealthCare_coverage<br />

    By the Numbers: 2.5 Million

    Under the Affordable Care Act, parents can now add or keep their children on their health insurance plans until they turn 26 years old. Since that part of President Obama’s health reform law went into effect in September 2010, more than 2.5 million young adults have gained coverage.

    Before the passage of health reform, young adults were typically dropped from their parents’ coverage when they turned 18 or graduated from college, and often faced barriers to accessing and maintaining affordable health insurance. Nearly 76 percent of uninsured young adults avoided getting the care they needed because they couldn’t afford it.

    In addition to helping them gain or keep insurance coverage through their parents’ plans, the Affordable Care Act is improving health care for many young adults in other ways. For example, insurance companies must now cover preventive services, like vaccinations and cancer screenings, at no additional cost. Insurance companies are banned from imposing a limit on the amount of care they’ll cover over a person’s life time, and are now required to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on care—not overhead.

    Young adults that have been unable to purchase or obtain insurance because of a pre-existing condition can now get the coverage then they need through the new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/21/numbers-25-million

  18. CR says:

    The Ryan-Republican Budget: The Consequences of Imbalance

    Posted by Jeff Zients on March 21, 2012 at 01:17 PM EDT

    Yesterday, House Republicans released their budget resolution for FY 2013. While many of the proposals require more analysis, one thing is absolutely clear: this budget does not ask all Americans to do their share to get our fiscal house in order and create an economy that is built to last. Instead, the GOP plan gives those making over $1 million per year an average tax cut of at least $150,000 and preserves tax breaks for oil and gas companies and hedge fund managers. These tax breaks are then paid for by ending Medicare as we know it and implementing deep cuts in what we need to grow our economy and create jobs in years to come.

    Others will go into deep detail on the tax and health proposals in the budget resolution. I want to focus on funding known as “nondefense discretionary spending.” It deserves a better name. This is annual funding that pays for many of the investments most critical to expanding economic growth and opportunity, including education, research and development, and clean energy.

    With his strong focus on cutting waste and unneeded spending, the President has already signed into law several rounds of cuts that will bring non-security spending to its lowest level as a share of the economy since Dwight Eisenhower was President. Put another way, we are cutting this category of spending as a share of economy by 50 percent from 2010 to 2022.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/21/ryan-republican-budget-consequences-imbalance

    • CR says:

      White House Office Hours: The Budget

      Kori Schulman March 21, 2012 01:30 PM EDT

      In response to the Ryan Republican Budget , Jeff Zients, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget, will be answering your questions about the President’s balanced approach during a session of White House Office Hours on Twitter. The House budget once again fails the test of balance, fairness, and shared responsibility. It would shower the wealthiest few Americans with an average tax cut of at least $150,000, while preserving taxpayer giveaways to oil companies and breaks for Wall Street hedge fund managers.

      The President’s approach asks the wealthiest to pay their fair share, makes tough cuts to programs we can’t afford, and strengthens Medicare with reforms that would reduce overpayments to drug companies, improve the quality of care, and protect Medicare’s commitment to America’s seniors.

      Join Jeff for Office Hours at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 21st. Here’s how it works:

      * Ask your question on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
      * Jeff Zients, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget, will answer live from the @OMBpress twitter account
      * Follow the Q&A live through the @OMBPress and @WHLive Twitter accounts
      * If you miss the live event, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse

      We hope you can join. Follow us on Twitter @WhiteHouse and @WHLive for the latest updates and more chances to engage.

  19. CR says:

    Deaf student reflects on signing with Obama

    3/21/12 By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    A 26-year-old community college student in Maryland was bowled over when he met President Barack Obama last week, and it wasn’t just the president’s star power. It was Obama’s use of sign language that blew away the student named Stephon.

    As reported on Distriction, Stephon posted a video of the meeting and another of his thoughts:

    The moment I will never forget was when he looked at me. He gave me a chance to talk to him. It was like he was waiting for me to say something. I took the moment and signed “I am proud of you,” and his response was “Thank u” in sign language back! Oh my gosh! I was like wow! He understood me after I said I was proud of him. It was so amazing.”

    UPDATE: It’s unclear how fluent the president is in American Sign Language, but he definitely has “thank you” down. Obama wowed some deaf supporters when he signed it in 2008.

    =================

    (I Met Obama) Part 2

    Uploaded by Faiibaii8 on Mar 15, 2012

  20. CR says:

    Next Up…

    4:20 PM EDT
    President Obama Speaks at Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility on his Administration’s Focus on Diversifying our Energy Portfolio
    Boulder City, Nevada

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-to-Deliver-Remarks-on-American-Energy/10737429219/

    • CR says:

      March 21, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Energy

      Copper Mountain Solar Project
      Boulder City, Nevada

      1:10 P.M. PDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. (Applause.) Good afternoon. Everybody, please have a seat. Have a seat. It is wonderful to be here. Thank you so much. It is great to be in Boulder City.

      A couple people I want to thank for their outstanding work. First of all, our Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, is in the house. (Applause.) He’s the guy in the nice-looking hat. Not only does it look good, but it protects his head, because the hair has gotten a little thin up there. (Laughter.) He is a good-looking guy.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: One of them. One of them.

      THE PRESIDENT: One of them. (Laughter.) That’s right. There’s the other guy. (Laughter.)

      I also want to thank your Mayor — a big supporter of solar energy — and that’s Roger Tobler, for being here. Where’s Roger? Here he is right there. I just met his beautiful daughter. It’s great to see you. (Applause.)

      I want to thank Jeffrey Martin, CEO of Sempra, and John and Kevin, who helped just give me this tour.

      And Boulder City is the first stop on a tour where I’ll be talking about what we’re calling an all-of-the-above energy strategy — all of the above. A strategy that relies on producing more oil and gas here in America, but also more biofuels, more fuel-efficient cars, more wind power and, as you can see, a whole lot more solar power.

      This is the largest solar plant of its kind anywhere in the country. That’s worth applauding. (Applause.) Every year, you produce enough clean energy to power around 17,000 homes. And that’s just the beginning. Things are going so well that another plant is already under construction down the road that will eventually power another 45,000 homes. And a third plant is in development that will be, one day, able to power around 66,000 homes.

      Now, this is an area that was hit hard by the recession — and that’s true of the whole state. You guys have been through a lot. But you haven’t given up. You looked around at this flat, beautiful land and all this sun — I just — I asked the question, how many days of sun do you get a year — 320 — that’s pretty good — and decided that Boulder City was the perfect place to generate solar power.

      In fact, as I was talking to the folks from Sempra, they were explaining that this location is almost optimal for solar power generation, not only because it’s flat, transmission lines were already here, the sun is traveling and there’s no haze and it’s absolutely clear. And so this is an extraordinary opportunity for the community. And when a business showed up with plans to build a new solar plant, hundreds of local workers got jobs because of it. Thousands of families are now powering their homes with a cleaner, renewable source of energy.

      And this is not just happening here in Boulder City — it’s happening in cities and towns all across America. According to experts, we’ve now got more than 5,600 solar companies nationwide, and many of them are small businesses. There are solar companies in every single state in the Union. And today, we’re producing enough solar energy to power 730,000 American homes. And because of the investments we’ve made as a nation, the use of renewable energies has actually doubled.

      So this is an industry on the rise. It’s a source of energy that’s becoming cheaper; we all know it’s cleaner. And more and more businesses are starting to take notice. They’re starting to look around for more places like Boulder City to set up shop.

      When I took office I said, why not give these businesses some access to public lands that aren’t otherwise being utilized? At the time, there wasn’t a single solar project in place on public lands — not one. Today, thanks to some great work by Ken Salazar, we’ve got 16 solar projects approved. (Applause.) And when they’re complete, we’ll be generating enough energy to power 2 million homes. And that’s progress.

      We’re also enforcing our trade laws to make sure countries like China aren’t giving their solar companies an unfair advantage over ours. (Applause.) And that’s important because countries all around the world — China, Germany, you name it — they understand the potential. They understand the fact that as countries all around the world become more interested in power generation — their population is expanding, their income level is going up, they use more electricity — and we’re going to have to make sure that we’re the guys who are selling them the technology and the know-how to make sure that they’re getting the power that they need.

      In fact, just yesterday, our administration determined China wasn’t playing fair when it came to solar power. And so we took the first step towards leveling the playing field, because my attitude is, when the playing field is level, then American workers and American businesses are always going to win. And that’s why we’ve got to make sure that our laws are properly enforced. (Applause.)

      Now, you’d think given this extraordinary site, given the fact that this is creating jobs, generating power, helping to keep our environment clean, making us more competitive globally, you’d think that everybody would be supportive of solar power. That’s what you’d think. And yet, if some politicians had their way, there won’t be any more public investment in solar energy. There won’t be as many new jobs and new businesses.

      Some of these folks want to dismiss the promise of solar power and wind power and fuel-efficient cars. In fact, they make jokes about it. One member of Congress who shall remain unnamed called these jobs “phony” — called them phony jobs. I mean, think about that mindset, that attitude that says because something is new, it must not be real. If these guys were around when Columbus set sail, they’d be charter members of the Flat Earth Society. (Laughter.) We were just talking about this — that a lack of imagination, a belief that you can’t do something in a new way — that’s not how we operate here in America. That’s not who we are. That’s not what we’re about.

      These politicians need to come to Boulder City and see what I’m seeing. (Applause.) They should talk to the people who are involved in this industry, who have benefitted from the jobs, who benefit from ancillary businesses that are related to what’s going on right here.

      Now, all of you know that when it comes to new technologies, the payoffs aren’t always going to come right away. Sometimes, you need a jumpstart to make it happen. That’s been true of every innovation that we’ve ever had. And we know that some discoveries won’t pan out. There’s the VCR and the Beta and the — all that stuff. (Laughter.)

      And each successive generation recognizes that some technologies are going to work, some won’t; some companies will fail, some companies will succeed. Not every auto company succeeded in the early days of the auto industry. Not every airplane manufacturer succeeded in the early days of the aviation. But we understood as Americans that if we keep on this track, and we’re at the cutting edge, then that ultimately will make our economy stronger and it will make the United States stronger. It will create jobs. It will create businesses. It will create opportunities for middle-class Americans and folks who want to get into the middle class. That’s who we are. That’s what we’re about. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/21/remarks-president-energy

  21. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    5:00 PM EDT
    National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures through Law Film Series: I Came to Testify
    The White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      Bridging Cultures through Law Film Series:” I Came to Testify”

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 21, 2012

      DC-area law students, legal experts, professors and historians gather at the White House for a screening of “I Came to Testify,” from PBS’s acclaimed Women, War and Peace series, and a panel discussion about how this story continues to shape international law. The event is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities “Bridging Cultures through Law” film series, which encourages conversation between law students, legal experts, and the people who lived the history.

  22. CR says:

    President Obama’s Phone Call To French President Sarkzy

    The President spoke by phone today with President Sarkozy of France while aboard Air Force One en route to Nevada. President Obama expressed his solidarity with President Sarkozy, and the government and people of France, as they deal with the aftermath of the tragic and unprovoked attacks that left seven dead, including three French soldiers, and three children and a teacher at a Jewish school. President Obama welcomed the actions taken by French authorities in identifying and locating a suspect in the killings, and their continued efforts to prevent further acts of violence. President Obama underscored that the American people stand shoulder to shoulder with our French allies and friends in this trying time.

  23. CR says:

    Clinton praises Security Council vote, says UN speaks ‘with one voice’ on Syria

    3/21/12 By Jeremy Herb – TheHill

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised Wednesday’s United Nations Security Council resolution backing UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s plan to end the violence in Syria, urging Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to accept the terms.

    The UN Security Council, which was stymied by earlier vetoes by China and Russia on resolutions condemning the violence, agreed Tuesday to Annan’s six-point plan, which demands a cease fire from the Syrian government and access for humanitarian aid.

    “This is a positive step,” Clinton said at a Wednesday news conference. “The Council has now spoken with one voice.”
    Clinton said that Assad should “take this path, commit to it, or face increasing pressure and isolation.”

    The Obama administration has pursued a diplomatic path in Syria after the initial UN Security Council resolution failed, resisting calls to arm the rebel forces seeking Assad’s ouster or take military action in Syria.

    The White House has criticized Russia and China for blocking the earlier Security Council resolutions, and has declared repeatedly that Assad will fall.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/217385-clinton-un-security-council-has-spoken-with-one-voice-on-syria

  24. Kat 4 Obama says:

    I love the PBO Etch-a-Sketch portrait upthread!

    Oh, speaking of Etch-a-Sketch…. :)

  25. CR says:

    Making America a Top Tourist Destination: Commerce and Interior Keep Up Efforts to Increase Visitation

    John Bryson and Ken Salazar March 21, 2012 06:05 PM EDT

    This month, more than a million visitors from across the country and around the world are coming to our nation’s capital to see the cherry blossom trees that bloom each spring among some of America’s most treasured historical landmarks. From the purchase of airline tickets to dining in area restaurants to staying in hotels, these visitors are infusing millions of dollars into the community and supporting local businesses.

    As we search for ways to grow our nation’s economy, we must not overlook the travel and tourism industry as a source for economic opportunity. According to data released by the Commerce Department earlier today, tourism spending increased 8.1 percent in 2011 and supported an additional 103,000 jobs, for a total of 7.6 million jobs.

    A big factor in the increase was a surge in international visitors to our country: in 2011, 2.5 million more international visitors came to the United States compared with the previous year. These international visitors spent an all-time record of $153 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services.

    As this data reveals, the travel and tourism industry is one of the most important engines of our economy—in fact, it is our number-one service export. That is why President Obama recently announced the creation of a Task Force on Travel and Competitiveness, which charged us with leading efforts to develop recommendations for a National Travel and Tourism Strategy to promote travel throughout the United States.

    We know that making it even easier to visit America’s most amazing places and working hard to tell folks about what an amazing place America is – whether you travel five or 5,000 miles to get here–will help grow our businesses and create jobs.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/21/making-america-top-tourist-destination-commerce-and-interior-keep-efforts-increase-v

  26. CR says:

    Next Up…

    7:00 PM EDT
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at “A Century of Service,” hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center to honor Howard Baker and Bob Dole

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live (Audio Only)

  27. CR says:

    Next Up…

    8:15 PM EDT
    President Obama Speaks on the Administration’s Commitment to Expanding Domestic Oil and Gas Production
    Federal Lands, Maljamar, New Mexico

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      March 22, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Energy

      Maljamar, New Mexico

      6:16 P.M. MDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, New Mexico! (Applause.) It’s great to be here! Everybody have a seat. I know it’s a little windy out here, but you guys are used to it. It is wonderful to be back in New Mexico.

      I want to acknowledge a couple of folks who are here — well, first, mainly I want to thank Concho Resources and the Southwest New Mexico ConocoPhillips team for helping to set this up. (Applause.) Thank you. Good job, everybody. (Applause.)

      It was a wonderful trip over here. We took the helicopter. We landed in Roswell. I announced to people when I landed that I had come in peace. (Laughter.) Let me tell you, there are more 9- and 10-year-old boys around the country — when I meet them, they ask me, “Have you been to Roswell, and is it true what they say?” (Laughter.) And I tell them, “If I told you I’d have to kill you.” So — and their eyes get all big. (Laughter.) So we’re going to keep our secrets here.

      I’m here to talk about what we’re calling an all-of-the-above energy strategy — a strategy that relies on producing more oil and gas here in America, but also producing more biofuels in America, more fuel-efficient cars in America, more wind power in America, and more solar power in America. I believe this all-of-the-above approach is the only way we can continue to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and ultimately put an end to some of these gas spikes that we’re going through right now and that obviously hurt a lot of families all across the country.

      Now, you wouldn’t know it from listening to some of these folks who are running for office — I won’t mention their names, you know who they are — but producing more oil here in our own country has been, and will continue to be, a key part of my energy strategy. Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years. That’s a fact. That is a fact. (Applause.) We’ve approved dozens of new oil and gas pipelines, and we’ve announced our support for more — including one that I’m going to be visiting tomorrow in Oklahoma.

      And we’ve quadrupled the number of operating oil rigs to a record high. More than 70 of those rigs are right here in this area. And I had a chance to see them all, I think, as I was flying over here. (Laughter.) In fact, business is so good that today the biggest problem is finding enough qualified truck drivers to move all the oil that’s coming out of these wells down to the refinery. Too much oil — that’s a good problem to have.

      Now, this is public land that’s been leased to the oil companies by the federal government. And over the last three years, I’ve directed my administration to open up millions of acres just like this for oil and gas exploration in 23 different states. Let me repeat that — millions of acres in 23 different states. That’s just onshore. Offshore, I’ve directed my administration to open up more than 75 percent of our potential oil resources. And that includes an area in the Gulf of Mexico that we opened up a few months ago that could produce more than 400 million barrels of oil — about 38 million acres in the Gulf.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/22/remarks-president-energy

  28. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, March 22 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden meets with senior advisors.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:55 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks about his “all-of-the-above” energy policy
    Local Event Time: 9:55AM CDT
    Oklahoma, Pipe Yard Outside Cushing
    Open Press

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:15 PM
    President Obama departs Cushing, Okla. en route Columbus, Ohio.

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama arrives Washington, D.C.
    Local Event Time: 12:15PM CDT
    Tinker Air Force Base
    Open Press

    3:00 PM
    3:05 PM
    President Obama arrives Columbus, Ohio.
    Rickenbacker Airport
    Open Press

    3:35 PM
    President Obama tours the Center for Automotive Research.
    Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    Ohio State University
    Travel Pool Coverage

    4:00 PM
    4:25 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at Ohio State University
    Columbus, Ohio
    Ohio State University
    Open Press

    5:00 PM
    5:20 PM
    President Obama departs Columbus, Ohio en route Washington, D.C.
    Rickenbacker Airport
    Open Press

    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    President Obama arrives Washington, DC
    Travel Pool Coverage

    6:45 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    6:55 PM
    President Obama hosts a reception for Greek Independence Day
    East Room
    Closed Press

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  29. CR says:

    Cushing abuzz about Obama visit

    March 18, 2012 By Joe Lanane – stillwaternewspress

    CUSHING, Okla. — No matter their political sentiment, many Cushing residents eagerly anticipate President Barack Obama’s arrival Thursday.

    But once the excitement of Cushing hosting its first sitting president wears off, residents wonder what Obama intends to do while visiting the self-proclaimed “Pipeline Crossroads of the World.”

    The White House has announced the president will be in Cushing Thursday to discuss his “all-of-the-above” energy policy. Some Cushing residents are hopeful Obama will use the opportunity to announce that he will reverse an earlier decision and allow TransCanada to build the northern leg of its Keystone XL Pipeline. Work just started on XL’s southern leg that will take oil from Cushing to Port Arthur, Texas, and the Gulf Coast.

    Obama has drawn sharp criticism for his position on the north part of the XL, though environmentalists have lauded his rejection of the plan. Thursday appears to some locals as an opportune time for Obama, who said he supports the southern leg, to get on board on the northern segment of the 36-inch pipeline from Canada.

    “That sums up how everybody feels that I’ve heard,” said Debbie Moody, owner of Mila’s Quilt and Alteration Shop in downtown Cushing. “I think he stopped something from coming into town, and I hope he changes his mind.”

    The south leg of the Keystone XL pipeline connecting Cushing to the Gulf is expected to give the local economy a boost through jobs, housing and tax dollars spent. Cushing resident Jason Kinzie contends that building the north leg of the pipeline would create even more jobs — not just in Cushing but across the nation.

    “This is an oil-based economy. It always has been and always will be,” Kinzie said. “Fortunately, the economy (in Cushing) is really good right now. We’ve been blessed.”

    Not everyone in Cushing is frustrated with Obama’s Keystone XL stand. Trudi Cooper and Judy Cane, employees at Homestead Family Restaurant, said most of their customers have had positive things to say about the president’s visit.

    “I don’t know why everyone blames the president for oil, anyways,” Cane said. “Anything that will help the economy. I think that’s why he is coming — to come here and learn just what’s being done here in Cushing.”

    Cooper, a manager at Homestead for 43 years, wondered if Obama might come to her restaurant while in Cushing. If not, she’ll go to him, Cooper said.

    “I think it’d be so nice to go and see him,” she said.

    For the entire article: http://www.stwnewspress.com/local/x1284940645/Cushing-abuzz-about-Obama-visit

    • COS says:

      Hey CR and friends. Those folks who won’t go and see PBO should realize that PBO is not coming there to see them specifically, and he is not going there expecting to win any “vote against interest racist votes”. PBO is simply trying to make a point about his energy policy and they can hold their breath for the Northern Keystone Pipline. They should be happy that he approved what the one they are getting. After reading that article and comments from some of those folks, I just had to vent a little. :)

      • CR says:

        Hey COS. I know what you mean.

        You know what I admire about Pres Obama is he makes the hard decisions that need to be made so that America can come back better and stronger like bringing up the automobile efficiency standard. He thinks about the big, long term picture.

  30. CR says:

    Obama to speak at OSU on Thursday

    3/17/12 By Jack Torry – The Columbus Dispatch

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will make his second trip to Ohio in 10 days when he delivers a speech Thursday at Ohio State University on ways to conserve energy while developing alternative renewable fuels, a White House official said.

    Obama’s speech in Columbus will be the final stop on a two-day trip in which the president also will appear in New Mexico, Nevada and Oklahoma.

    The White House said Ohio State was selected because it is “home to some of the country’s most advanced energy-related research and development.”

    On Tuesday, Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron were in Dayton to watch an NCAA Tournament game.

  31. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Why the Republican budgets make the poor pay, cont’d

    3/21/2012 Posted by Ezra Klein – washingtonpost

    “Not sure I understand @ezraklein’s view that Paul Ryan ‘unintentionally’ wrote a budget that soaks the poor,” tweeted Matt Yglesias earlier today. And he’s right, Wonkbook was a bit unclear. So I’ll explain.

    Go back to Paul Ryan’s original ‘Roadmap.’ It began with a health-care section, the purpose of which was to ensure “universal access to affordable health insurance.” The core of the plan was a restructuring of the tax code so the regressive tax credit for employer-based health insurance became a progressive refundable tax credit for all Americans. There’s also a section trying to modernize and improve the federal government’s suite of job training initiatives.

    Or go back to Mitt Romney’s governorship of Massachusetts. His signature accomplishment was a health-care bill that spent lots of money to insure low-income Bay Staters.

    Fast forward a few years and both men are, in different ways, leaders of the Republican Party who are responsible for putting out comprehensive budgets. And both of their budgets now work the same way: They dramatically cut health-care subsidies and income supports for the poor to fund tax cuts, higher defense spending and substantial deficit reduction, and they do nothing to expand or strengthen the safety net.

    One explanation is that Romney and Ryan changed, or are showing a truer version of themselves now. Another argument — and I think this is clearly part of the story — is that conditions changed, and it’s simply harder now for a Republican to propose expanding access to health insurance. But that doesn’t explain why they’ve embraced such deep cuts to food stamps — which George W. Bush expanded — and housing subsidies, to name just a few.

    For the entire article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/why-the-republican-budgets-make-the-poor-pay-contd/2011/08/25/gIQASzyFSS_blog.html

    • CR says:

      Paul Ryan Mis-Reads Catholic Teachings To Defend ‘Immoral’ Budget

      Published on Apr 27, 2012 by politicalarticles

  32. Good morning CR and PPO Family. HOPE you have a terrific Thursday.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

    • CR says:

      Thank you for posting this important information Jackie! I had chores to do before the rains hit again.

  33. Governor Etch A Sketch

  34. CR says:

    Gauge of US economy rose 0.7 percent in February

    3/22/12 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press – 9 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of future U.S. economic activity rose in February for the fifth straight month, fresh evidence that the economy is gaining momentum.

    The Conference Board says its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.7 percent in February, after a 0.2 percent increase in January. The increase pushed the index to its highest point since June 2008.

    The measure of leading indicators is designed to anticipate economic conditions three to six months out. Its steady rise has coincided with other positive data that suggest the recovery is picking up — including the best job growth in two years.

    The data “suggests that progress on jobs output, and incomes may continue through the summer months, if not beyond,” said Ken Goldstein, an economist at the Conference Board, a business research group.

  35. CR says:

    March auto sales seen up 6 percent: research firms

    3/22/12 Reuters – 32 mins ago

    (Reuters) – New-vehicle sales in March are expected to rise 6 percent from last year due to strong demand in the retail market, according to J.D. Power and Associates and LMC Automotive.

    Total sales in March are projected to finish at 1,372,400 cars and light trucks, compared with 1,244,009 vehicles in the same month last year, research firms J.D. Power and LMC said.

    That estimate would translate to an annual sales rate in the month of 14.1 million vehicles, compared with 15 million in February and 13 million in March 2011, the research companies said.

    “Each month of strong sales brings with it increased optimism that the pace of growth represents a true recovery for the sector,” John Humphrey, senior vice president of global automotive operations at J.D. Power, said in a statement.

    “Barring any future shock related to geopolitical issues in the Gulf region and further upward pressure on the price of oil, we believe sales will continue on a solid pace for the balance of the year,” he added.

    U.S. auto sales topped expectations in January and February, although some analysts and industry executives have said the industry will not recover significantly until U.S. home prices pick up and consumers feel more prosperous.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/march-auto-sales-seen-6-percent-research-firms-140047785.html

  36. CR says:

    US 30-year mortgage rates jump above 4.0 pct.

    3/22/12 By DEREK KRAVITZ | Associated Press – 25 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The average rate in the U.S. on a 30-year fixed mortgage rose above 4 percent for the first time in more than three months. The sharp increase suggests the window to buy or refinance a home at historically low rates is closing.

    Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on the 30-year loan jumped to 4.08 percent, up from 3.92 percent the previous week. A month ago, it touched 3.87 percent, the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s.

    The average on the 15-year fixed mortgage rose to 3.30 percent, up from 3.16 percent last week and a record low of 3.13 percent two weeks ago.

    The low rates have been among the positive signs that suggest the housing market could pick up this year.

  37. CR says:

    Next Up…

    10:55 AM EDT
    President Obama delivers remarks about his “all-of-the-above” energy policy
    Cushing, Oklahoma

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Travels-to-Oklahoma-Ohio-on-Energy-Tour/10737429266/

    • CR says:

      March 22, 2012

      Remarks by the President on American-Made Energy

      Cushing Pipe Yard
      Cushing, Oklahoma

      10:22 A.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Oklahoma! (Applause.) Well, it’s good to be here. Everybody, have a seat. Have a seat.

      AUIDENCE MEMBER: I love you, Mr. President!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. It’s wonderful to see you.

      It is good to be back in Oklahoma. I haven’t been back here since the campaign, and everybody looks like they’re doing just fine. (Laughter.) Thank you so much for your hospitality. It is wonderful to be here.

      Yesterday, I visited Nevada and New Mexico to talk about what we’re calling an all-of-the-above energy strategy. It’s a strategy that will keep us on track to further reduce our dependence on foreign oil, put more people back to work, and ultimately help to curb the spike in gas prices that we’re seeing year after year after year.

      So today, I’ve come to Cushing, an oil town — (applause) — because producing more oil and gas here at home has been, and will continue to be, a critical part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy. (Applause.)

      Now, under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years. (Applause.) That’s important to know. Over the last three years, I’ve directed my administration to open up millions of acres for gas and oil exploration across 23 different states. We’re opening up more than 75 percent of our potential oil resources offshore. We’ve quadrupled the number of operating rigs to a record high. We’ve added enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the Earth and then some.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/22/remarks-president-american-made-energy

    • CR says:

      March 22, 2012

      Presidential Memorandum — Expediting Review of Pipeline Projects from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Port Arthur, Texas, and Other Domestic Pipeline Infrastructure Projects

      March 22, 2012

      MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

      SUBJECT: Expediting Review of Pipeline Projects from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Port Arthur, Texas, and Other Domestic Pipeline Infrastructure Projects

      In an economy that relies on oil, rising prices at the pump affect all of us. With crude oil prices controlling about three-quarters of gasoline prices, the most important driver of the price here at home is the world oil price — making our economy vulnerable to events halfway around the globe. There are no quick fixes to this problem. In the long run we need to reduce America’s dependence on oil — which is why my Administration is implementing historic fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, launching new programs to improve energy efficiency in our buildings, and facilitating the safe and responsible development of our natural gas resources.

      But for the foreseeable future, we will continue to rely on oil to help fuel our transportation system. As a result, we must safely and responsibly develop our oil resources here at home, as part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy to grow our economy and make us more secure.

      Because of rising oil production, more efficient cars and trucks, and a world-class refining sector that last year was a net exporter of petroleum products for the first time in 60 years, we have cut net imports by a million barrels a day in the last year alone. By reducing our dependence on foreign oil, we will make our Nation more secure and improve our trade balance — creating jobs and supporting domestic industry.

      In order to realize these potential benefits, we need an energy infrastructure system that can keep pace with advances in production. To promote American energy sources, we must not only extract oil — we must also be able to transport it to our world-class refineries, and ultimately to consumers.

      The need for infrastructure is particularly acute right now. Because of advances in drilling technology that allow us to tap new oil deposits, we are producing more oil from unconventional sources — places like the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, where production grew by more than 200 percent last year, or the Bakken formation of North Dakota and Montana, where output has increased tenfold in the last 5 years alone. In States like North Dakota, Montana, and Colorado, rising production is outpacing the capacity of pipelines to deliver the oil to refineries.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/22/presidential-memorandum-expediting-review-pipeline-projects-cushing-okla

  38. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:00 AM EDT
    White House Urban Economic Forum
    Los Angeles, California

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  39. CR says:

    March 22, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on Mali

    The United States strongly condemns the violence initiated by elements of the armed forces of Mali. We call for the immediate restoration of constitutional rule in Mali, including full civilian authority over the armed forces and respect for the country’s democratic institutions and traditions. The United States stands by the people of Mali and the legitimately elected government of President Amadou Toumani Touré. We welcome the strong statements by the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States condemning this unconstitutional seizure of power.

  40. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Thursday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    In case anyone missed our GREAT First Lady talking with David Letterman about parenting skills, exercise and nutrition for kids, hiring veterans, shopping incognito at Target and how smart Bo is, here's the link to part one (has links to parts 2 &3):

  41. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:30 PM EDT
    White House Champions of Change: Let’s Move!

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      Champions of Change: Let’s Move

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 22, 2012

      The White House honors local leaders who are
      helping kids lead healthy, active lifestyles.

    • CR says:

      White House Champions of Change: Let’s Move!

      On Thursday, March 22, thirteen local leaders will be honored at the White House as Champions of Change for inspiring and empowering America’s youth to lead active, healthy lifestyles. These individuals are all united around one goal: to get kids moving more. Each of them has developed or is implementing an effective model for making physical activity fun, accessible, and sustainable for young people in their communities. From P.E. teachers to local parks and recreation coordinators, and from doctors to volunteer coaches, this group represents the spectrum of physical activity leaders across the country.

  42. CR says:

    Save_Up_To_$2,300_Health_Care/Yr

    By the Numbers: $2,300

    Megan Slack March 22, 2012 11:51 AM EDT

    The Affordable Care Act is already helping small business owners with the costs of providing health insurance for their employees, and many Americans now have access to care they didn’t before, including children with pre-exsiting conditions and young adults who can now stay on their parents’ plan until age 26. Millions more have access to free preventive services, and seniors are getting help paying for the medications they need.

    But, there are provisions in President Obama’s health reform law that don’t take effect until 2014 and will do even more to make health insurance cheaper and easier to obtain for millions of Americans. For example, families who purchase private health insurance through state-based exchanges that come online in 2014 could save up to $2,300 each year on their health care spending.

    Exchanges will be a single market where families or individuals can purchase and enroll in an affordable health insurance plan that meets their needs. They’ll be able to compare health plans, get answers to questions about their insurance options, and find out if they are eligible for tax credits for private insurance or health programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

    For the entire article; http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/22/numbers-2300

  43. CR says:

    Senate passes House GOP’s JOBS Act

    3/22/12 By Josiah Ryan – TheHill

    The Senate on Thursday passed an amended version of House Republicans’ Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, a bill supporters say would generate jobs by easing capital formation regulations for small companies.

    The legislation, which soared through the House earlier in March, 390-23, survived fierce opposition in the Senate from powerful Democrats including Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and several attempts to gut and replace many of its key provisions through the amendment process.

    The bill easily garnered the majority of votes needed for final passage, 73-26, after both Senate Leaders Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered endorsements.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/217621-senate-clears-house-gop-jobs-act-

    • CR says:

      March 22, 2012

      Statement by the Press Secretary

      The President is grateful that the Senate acted in a bipartisan way to move forward key ideas the President proposed last fall that will help our small businesses and startups access capital they need to grow and create jobs. We are heartened by the important investor protections added to the crowdfunding provision and will be vigilant in monitoring this and other elements to ensure the overall bill achieves its goal of helping entrepreneurs while maintaining protections for investors. We urge the House to adopt these important changes.

      While this vote marks a moment of bipartisan cooperation, there is much more work to be done to create an economy that is built to last, and we encourage Congress to act on additional measures like rebuilding our nation’s crumbling roads and bridges, putting our teachers back in the classroom and first responders back on the beat, and reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank which thousands of American businesses and their workers depend on to stay competitive in the global economy.

  44. CR says:

    Senate passes bill on insider trading, sends measure to Obama

    3/22/12 By Alexander Bolton – TheHill

    The Senate on Thursday passed legislation barring lawmakers from using insider information for personal profit, sending the bill to the White House.

    The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act already approved by the House passed the upper chamber easily by a vote of 96-3.

    The Senate action circumvents a thorny amendment sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) requiring political intelligence operatives to regularly report their activity. The Senate adopted the Grassley proposal by a vote of 60-39 in February, but the GOP-controlled House opposed the Grassley’s language and did not include it in its version.

    Instead of holding a conference between Senate and House negotiators to discuss the differences, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) opted to take up the House bill.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/217639-senate-passes-insider-trading-bill-sending-measure-to-obama

    • CR says:

      March 22, 2012

      Statement by the President on the Passage of the STOCK Act

      In my State of the Union Address, I laid out a blueprint for an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules, including those who have been elected to serve the American people.

      Today, I’m pleased Congress took bipartisan action to pass the STOCK Act. After I sign this bill into law, Members of Congress will not be able to trade stocks based on nonpublic information they gleaned on Capitol Hill. It’s a good first step. And in the months ahead, Congress should do even more to help fight the destructive influence of money in politics and rebuild the trust between Washington and the American people.

  45. CR says:

    Next Up…

    4:25 PM EDT
    President Obama delivers remarks at Ohio State University
    Columbus, Ohio

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-to-Deliver-Remarks-on-American-Energy/10737429219/

    • CR says:

      March 22, 2012

      Remarks by the President on American-Made Energy

      The Ohio State University
      Columbus, Ohio

      4:27 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Buckeyes! (Applause.) Yes. It is good to be back at The Ohio State University. (Applause.) I want to thank —

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.) I am thrilled to be here. I want to thank a couple of people. First of all, the outstanding Mayor of Columbus, Michael Coleman, is here. (Applause.) I want to thank OSU Provost Joe Alutto. (Applause.)

      And I just got this extraordinary tour from Giorgio Rizzoni, who’s the director of the Center for Automotive Research. So give him a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      Now, let’s face it, a presidential visit isn’t even close to being the biggest thing this weekend on campus. (Laughter.) And despite what Vijay said, I did have the Buckeyes heading to the Final Four. (Applause.) I’m just saying. I think Selinger is going to have a big game tonight. (Applause.) And I promise you I didn’t do it because I knew I was coming here — because I am cold-blooded when it comes to filling out my brackets. (Laughter.) So I genuinely think you guys are looking good.

      And by the way, I just read somewhere that one in every four teams in the Sweet 16 is from Ohio. (Applause.) You’ve got Ohio State, Ohio University, Xavier — (applause) — Xavier is in — Cincinnati.

      AUDIENCE: Booo —

      THE PRESIDENT: I’m not going to get in the middle of this. (Laughter.) I do want to just say no state has ever done this before. So it’s a testimony to Ohio basketball. (Applause.)

      And I want to thank Vijay for the outstanding introduction — very much appreciate that.

      Now, this is our last stop on a trip where we’ve been talking about an all-of-the-above energy strategy for America — a strategy where we produce more oil, produce more gas, but also produce more American biofuels and more fuel-efficient cars, more solar power, more wind power, more power from the oceans, more clean and renewable energy. (Applause.) More clean and renewable energy.

      You know what I’m talking about here, because this school is a national leader in developing new sources of energy and advanced vehicles that use a lot less energy.

      I just had a chance to take a tour of the Center for Automotive Research. Now, I admit the best part of it was seeing the Buckeye Bullet, which has gone over 300 miles an hour and is now shooting for 400 miles an hour. (Applause.) And I asked the guys who were helping to design this whether mom was going to let them actually test-drive this thing, and the answer was no. (Laughter.) Only professional drivers are permitted.

      But for anybody who’s not familiar with this, the Buckeye Bullet is the fastest electric car in the world. (Applause.) The fastest in the world. I don’t know who’s going to need to go that fast. (Laughter.) But it is a testament to the ingenuity here at Ohio State and what is essential to American leadership when it comes to energy — our brain power.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/22/remarks-president-american-made-energy-0

  46. CR says:

    We the People – Your voice in our government

    Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 22, 2012

    Take a look behind the scenes at the White House petition program, “We The People”, its one way to be sure issues you care about are on the radar of the administration.

  47. CR says:

    6:55 PM EDT
    The President hosts a reception for Greek Independence Day
    East Room

    • CR says:

      March 23, 2012

      Presidential Proclamation — Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2012

      GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY: A NATIONAL DAY OF CELEBRATION OF
      GREEK AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, 2012

      – – – – – – –

      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      A PROCLAMATION

      Two hundred and thirty-six years ago, a new American Nation was founded on an old Greek principle — democratic rule by a free people. We trace this enduring idea to ancient Hellas, where Greeks brought forth the world’s first democracy and kindled a philosophical tradition that would stand the test of time. Over two millennia later, the Greek people rose up to reclaim their heritage as citizens of a sovereign nation. Today, on the 191st anniversary of Greece’s independence, we commemorate that struggle to restore democracy in its birthplace, renew the bonds that bring our countries together, and celebrate the Hellenic ideals that continue to shape the American experience.

      As America’s Founders built a Government of the people, by the people, and for the people, they drew inspiration from the democratic pioneers who shaped a small group of ancient Greek city states. In the years since, Greece and America have strengthened that connection through shared history and deep partnerships between our people. During the American Civil War, Greek Americans served and fought to preserve our Union. Through two World Wars and a long Cold War, America and Greece stood as allies in the pursuit of peace. And for generations, Greek Americans have profoundly enriched our national life. They stand as leaders in every field and every part of our society, and their cultural legacy still echoes in classrooms, courtrooms, and communities across our Nation.

      On Greek Independence Day, we commemorate the proud traditions that tie our nations together and honor all those who trace their lineage to the Hellenic Republic. Nearly 200 years after the Greek people won their war to return democracy to their homeland and become a sovereign state, we reaffirm the warm friendship and solidarity that will guide our work together in the years ahead.

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 25, 2012, as Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy. I call upon all the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-third day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

      BARACK OBAMA

  48. CR says:

    March 22, 2012

    Statement by the NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Passage of Sri Lanka Resolution

    The United States Government applauds today’s passage of the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on “Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.” The resolution, which received broad support from around the world, calls for a range of critical steps that would go a long away to advancing the rights and dignity of the Sri Lankan people. The United States urges the Sri Lankan government to develop a comprehensive action plan for implementing steps on reconciliation and accountability, as called for in today’s resolution, and to work with UN experts and its partners in the international community to take meaningful action to achieve these important goals, which will be a critical part of Sri Lanka’s efforts to provide a bright, peaceful, and stable future for all of its people. We stand ready to partner with Sri Lanka in this important effort.

  49. CR says:

    March 22, 2012

    Executive Order — Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects

    EXECUTIVE ORDER

    – – – – – – –

    IMPROVING PERFORMANCE OF FEDERAL PERMITTING
    AND REVIEW OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to significantly reduce the aggregate time required to make decisions in the permitting and review of infrastructure projects by the Federal Government, while improving environmental and community outcomes, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. (a) To maintain our Nation’s competitive edge and ensure an economy built to last, the United States must have fast, reliable, resilient, and environmentally sound means of moving people, goods, energy, and information. In a global economy, we will compete for the world’s investments based in significant part on the quality of our infrastructure. Investing in the Nation’s infrastructure provides immediate and long-term economic benefits for local communities and the Nation as a whole.

    The quality of our Nation’s infrastructure depends in critical part on Federal permitting and review processes, including planning, approval, and consultation processes. These processes inform decision-makers and affected communities about the potential benefits and impacts of proposed infrastructure projects, and ensure that projects are designed, built, and maintained in a manner that is consistent with protecting our public health, welfare, safety, national security, and environment. Reviews and approvals of infrastructure projects can be delayed due to many factors beyond the control of the Federal Government, such as poor project design, incomplete applications, uncertain funding, or multiple reviews and approvals by State, local, tribal, or other jurisdictions. Given these factors, it is critical that executive departments and agencies (agencies) take all steps within their authority, consistent with available resources, to execute Federal permitting and review processes with maximum efficiency and effectiveness, ensuring the health, safety, and security of communities and the environment while supporting vital economic growth.

    To achieve that objective, our Federal permitting and review processes must provide a transparent, consistent, and predictable path for both project sponsors and affected communities. They must ensure that agencies set and adhere to timelines and schedules for completion of reviews, set clear permitting performance goals, and track progress against those goals. They must encourage early collaboration among agencies, project sponsors, and affected stakeholders in order to incorporate and address their interests and minimize delays.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/22/executive-order-improving-performance-federal-permitting-and-review-infr

    • CR says:

      Business Leaders Respond to President Obama’s Executive Order on Infrastructure Permitting

      Greg NelsonMarch 27, 2012 03:17 PM EDT

      Last week, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing Federal agencies to expedite permitting and review decisions for key infrastructure projects – a critical step in improving our nation’s infrastructure and maintaining our competitive edge. U.S. business leaders and members of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness put out statements in support of the new Executive Order:

      NextEra Energy, Inc., Chairman and CEO Lew Hay issued the following statement on the “Executive Order on Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects”

      Mark Gallogly Co-founder and Managing Principal, Centerbridge Partners and Member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness supports the President’s Executive Order on Federal Permitting

      American Gas Association: Executive Order to Speed-up Energy Infrastructure Permitting Process Will Help Natural Gas Customers

      Laura Tyson is a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. She is S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/27/business-leaders-respond-president-obamas-executive-order-infrastructure-permitting

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