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Newsmotion - Energy and Environment http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/32/all en Tools You Can Use: Earth Day Edition http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/tools-you-can-use-earth-day-edition <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tools You Can Use: Earth Day Edition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/image/bl1nx_vcaaiudnb.jpg" /></p> <p>Today is Earth Day, an important time to reflect on the importance of protecting the future health of our planet in the face of climate change.</p> <p>But this challenge is bigger than one day of action, and we all have to play a role in forging a healthier, greener and better world for our children-- not just on Earth Day, but every day.</p> <p>Here are some great tools to help you do your part throughout the year by saving energy and increasing energy efficiency at home and on the road.</p> <p>How energy efficient is your home?</p> <p> <p>EPA&#39;s <a href="https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=HOME_ENERGY_YARDSTICK.showGetStarted">Home Energy Yardstick</a> provides a simple assessment of your home&#39;s annual energy use compared to similar homes. Answer a few basic questions about your home to see:</p></p> <ul> <li> Your home&#39;s Home Energy Yardstick score on a scale of 1 to 10</li> <li> Insights into how much of your home&#39;s energy use is related to heating and cooling versus other everyday uses like appliances, lighting, and hot water</li> <li> Links to guidance from ENERGY STAR on how to increase your home&#39;s score, improve comfort, and lower utility bills</li> <li> An estimate of your home&#39;s annual carbon emissions</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=HOME_ENERGY_YARDSTICK.showGetStarted">Get started here</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/22/tools-you-can-use-earth-day-edition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/22/tools-you-can-use-earth-day-edition" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/22/tools-you-can-use-earth-day-edition</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Energy and Environment Megan Slack Official White House Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:30:59 +0000 feed 271754 at http://newsmotion.org On Earth Day, a Commitment to Climate Action http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/earth-day-commitment-climate-action <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On Earth Day, a Commitment to Climate Action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/image/4.22.14-climatequote3.jpg" /></p> <p>Forty-five years ago, an oil well being drilled off the coast of Santa Barbara, California blew out. At the time, it was the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Forty-five years ago, too, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, caught fire&mdash;again. Cities from New York to Philadelphia to Los Angeles were regularly blanketed in harmful smog.</p> <p>One year later, inspired by the bipartisan efforts of Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson and Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey, 20 million Americans took part in the first Earth Day demonstrations. Across the country, people gathered in the streets, in parks, and on college campuses to call for air, water, and wildlife protections. The strength of Americans&rsquo; convictions led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. As a result, our air is safer to breathe, our water is safer to drink, and more of our natural resources are protected for future generations.</p> <p>Earth Day is as important now as it was then. Our health, our economy, our security, and our planet&rsquo;s future are once again threatened by pollution and environmental degradation.</p> <p>Our climate is changing, and that change is being driven by human activity. Every year, the United States pumps millions of tons of carbon dioxide pollution and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Recent reports from the <a href="http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg2/">Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change</a> reinforced that these emissions will have devastating effects on our planet, from higher average global temperatures to sea level rise to more severe weather.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s why last year President Obama announced the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/25/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-climate-action-plan">Climate Action Plan</a>, an ambitious strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to better prepare our communities for the impacts of climate change we can&rsquo;t avoid, and to lead on the international stage in addressing this global challenge.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/22/earth-day-commitment-climate-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/22/earth-day-commitment-climate-action" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/22/earth-day-commitment-climate-action</a> </div> </div> </div> Arne Duncan Boston California California Cleveland Cleveland Des Moines Energy and Environment Ernie Moniz Gaylord Nelson Gina McCarthy John Podesta John Podesta Los Angeles Los Angeles Mike Boots Nelson New England New York New York Official Ohio Pete McCloskey Philadelphia Philadelphia Santa Barbara The President Tom Vilsack United States United States White House Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:30:13 +0000 feed 271755 at http://newsmotion.org Building on Our Progress in Solar Deployment http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/building-our-progress-solar-deployment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Building on Our Progress in Solar Deployment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 04/17/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Since President Obama took office, we have made significant advances in clean energy. Last year alone was record-breaking for new installations, and the amount of solar power installed in the United States has increased around eleven fold. Just this past week, the U.S. Army announced plans to start development on a historic <a href="http://www.army.mil/article/124009/Largest_solar_array_on_a_U_S__military___/">solar array at Fort Huachuca in Arizona</a> &ndash; the biggest Defense Department solar array on a military installation to date, and HUD is increasing solar on multifamily housing.</p> <p>And for good reason. Solar is a smart investment.&nbsp; The average cost of solar panels has dropped by more than 60%, and the cost for a solar photovoltaic electric system has declined by about 50%.&nbsp; The numbers tell an important story: There has never been a time when solar is more affordable and more available to so many Americans.&nbsp; Solar is not just a prospect; it&rsquo;s a reality.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/17/building-our-progress-solar-deployment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/17/building-our-progress-solar-deployment" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/17/building-our-progress-solar-deployment</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Arizona Arizona Dan Utech Energy and Environment Official The President United States United States White House Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:40:16 +0000 feed 270048 at http://newsmotion.org Combating Climate Change: Secretary Hagel Hosts the U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/combating-climate-change-secretary-hagel-hosts-us-asean-defense-forum <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Combating Climate Change: Secretary Hagel Hosts the U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 04/03/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="embed"> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/040314_hagel_asean.jpg?itok=96sJ95Fx" alt="Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosts a roundtable meeting with defense ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 2, 2014." title="Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosts a roundtable meeting with defense ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 2, 2014." width="430" height="286" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosts a roundtable meeting with defense ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 2, 2014. (DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo) </p> </div> </div> <p>As <a href="http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg2/">this week&rsquo;s report</a> by the <a href="http://www.ipcc.ch/">Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change</a> reminds us, combating climate change requires more than cutting greenhouse gas emissions. We must also prepare for the impacts that we can&rsquo;t avoid, and the United States must continue to help our allies and partners do the same. That&rsquo;s what American leadership is about.</p> <p>That leadership is on display this week in Hawaii, where Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is hosting the 10 defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for a first-of-its-kind gathering on U.S. soil. One of the goals of this meeting is to identify how our militaries can work together more effectively to tackle non-traditional security challenges, including climate change and natural disasters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/03/combating-climate-change-secretary-hagel-hosts-us-asean-defense-forum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/03/combating-climate-change-secretary-hagel-hosts-us-asean-defense-forum" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/03/combating-climate-change-secretary-hag...</a> </div> </div> </div> Afghanistan Anchorage Asia-Pacific Chuck Hagel Energy and Environment Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Hawaii Hawaii Honolulu Honolulu John Podesta John Podesta Kathryn Sullivan Official Philippines Rajiv Shah Southeast Asia The President U.S. United States United States White House Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:52:27 +0000 feed 264172 at http://newsmotion.org A Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/strategy-cut-methane-emissions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 03/28/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In June 2013, President Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University where he laid out both the case for action on climate change and the steps his Administration will take to address it. The Climate Action Plan that the President announced includes steps to cut carbon pollution, help prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change that are already on the way, and continue American leadership in international efforts to combat global climate change.</p> <p>In his Climate Action Plan, President Obama directed the Administration to develop a comprehensive, interagency strategy to cut methane emissions. Today, the White House released the Climate Action Plan &ndash; Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions. Learn more about the strategy in the fact sheet below, and <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/strategy_to_reduce_methane_emissions_2014-03-28_final.pdf">check out the full Strategy here</a>.</p> <p>Dan Utech is the Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.</p> <p class="rtecenter">FACT SHEET: Climate Action Plan&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions </p> <p>With an all-of-the-above approach to develop homegrown energy and steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution, we can protect our kids&rsquo; health and begin to slow the effects of climate change so we leave a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. That&rsquo;s why last June, President Obama issued a broad-based Climate Action Plan, announcing a series of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/28/strategy-cut-methane-emissions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/28/strategy-cut-methane-emissions" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/28/strategy-cut-methane-emissions</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Dan Utech Energy and Environment Georgetown Official The President United States United States White House Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:52:00 +0000 feed 261164 at http://newsmotion.org Climate Data Initiative Launches with Strong Public and Private Sector Commitments http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/climate-data-initiative-launches-strong-public-and-private-sector-commitments <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Climate Data Initiative Launches with Strong Public and Private Sector Commitments </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 03/19/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Across the country, state and local leaders are on the front lines of climate change&mdash;and it is impossible for them to ignore the consequences. &nbsp;In 2012 alone, <a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/events">extreme weather events caused</a> more than $110 billion in damages and claimed more than 300 lives.</p> <p>While no single weather event can be attributed to climate change, we know that our changing climate is making many kinds of extreme events more frequent and more severe. Rising seas threaten our coastlines. Dry regions are at higher risk of destructive wildfires. Heat waves impact health and agriculture. Heavier downpours can lead to damaging floods.</p> <p>Even as we work to curb greenhouse-gas emissions and expand renewable energy generation, we need to take steps to make our communities more resilient to the climate-change impacts we can&rsquo;t avoid&mdash;some of which are already well underway.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/19/climate-data-initiative-launches-strong-public-and-private-sector-commitments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/19/climate-data-initiative-launches-strong-public-and-private-sector-commitments" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/19/climate-data-initiative-launches-stron...</a> </div> </div> </div> Energy and Environment John P. Holdren John Podesta John Podesta Dr. John P. Holdren Official White House Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:00:20 +0000 feed 256639 at http://newsmotion.org West Wing Week 03/14/14 or "What's Up, Captain America?" http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/west-wing-week-031414-or-whats-captain-america <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> West Wing Week 03/14/14 or &quot;What&#039;s Up, Captain America?&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 03/14/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="p1">This week, the Vice President and Dr. Biden traveled to Chile to attend the President&#39;s inauguration, while the President worked on improving access to college for students, raising the minimum wage, and negotiating a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Ukraine. He also got out the word about this year&#39;s March 31st deadline for health insurance applications, congratulated NCAA champs, and designated a new national monument.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/14/west-wing-week-031414-or-whats-captain-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/14/west-wing-week-031414-or-whats-captain-america" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/14/west-wing-week-031414-or-whats-captain...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Adam Garber Arseniy Yatsenyuk Biden California Chile Chile College Affordability Dr. Jill Biden Economy Education Energy and Environment Florida Foreign Policy Health Care Inside the White House Later Miami New York City Official Success Stories The First Lady The President The Vice President Then Ukraine Ukraine White House Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 feed 254418 at http://newsmotion.org Cleaner Cars, Cleaner Fuels, and a Cleaner Bill of Health http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/cleaner-cars-cleaner-fuels-and-cleaner-bill-health <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cleaner Cars, Cleaner Fuels, and a Cleaner Bill of Health </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 03/03/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the <a href="http://blog.epa.gov/epaconnect/">EPA Connect</a> blog. See the original post <a href="http://blog.epa.gov/epaconnect/2014/03/cleaner-cars-cleaner-fuels-and-a-cleaner-bill-of-health/">here</a>.</p> <p>Today I&rsquo;m thrilled to announce EPA&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm">new clean fuel and vehicle standards</a> that are a win for public health, a win for our environment, and a win for our wallets. These &ldquo;Tier 3&rdquo; emission standards for cars and gasoline will significantly reduce harmful emissions, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, and encourage innovation and technological improvements in the cars and trucks we drive.</p> <p>By reducing gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60% (down from 30 to 10 parts per million (ppm) in 2017), vehicle emission control technologies can perform more efficiently, both on existing vehicles and on new ones. The new Tier 3 standards will also slash a range of harmful pollutants that can cause premature death and respiratory illnesses. They will reduce smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) by 80%, establish a 70% tighter particulate matter standard (PM2.5), and virtually eliminate fuel vapor emissions.</p> <p><img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/030314_tier3_1.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/03/cleaner-cars-cleaner-fuels-and-cleaner-bill-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/03/cleaner-cars-cleaner-fuels-and-cleaner-bill-health" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/03/cleaner-cars-cleaner-fuels-and-cleaner...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Energy and Environment Gina McCarthy Official White House Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:55:01 +0000 feed 249054 at http://newsmotion.org Weekly Address: Taking Control of America’s Energy Future http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/weekly-address-taking-control-america%E2%80%99s-energy-future <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Weekly Address: Taking Control of America’s Energy Future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 11/16/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">In his weekly address, President Obama discusses progress in American energy and highlights that we are now producing more oil at home than we buy from other countries for the first time in nearly two decades. We reached this milestone in part not only because we&rsquo;re producing more energy, but because we&rsquo;re wasting less energy, and as a result, we are also reducing our carbon emissions while growing the economy.</p> <p></p> <p><a href="/the-press-office/2013/11/16/weekly-address-taking-control-america-s-energy-future">Transcript</a> | <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/WeeklyAddress/2013/111613-QARTPD/111613_WeeklyAddress.mp4">Download mp4</a> | <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/WeeklyAddress/2013/111613-QARTPD/111613_WeeklyAddress.mp3">Download mp3</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/16/weekly-address-taking-control-america-s-energy-future" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/16/weekly-address-taking-control-america-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Energy and Environment Megan Slack Official The President Weekly Address White House Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 feed 199424 at http://newsmotion.org Driving Toward Greater Energy Security http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/driving-toward-greater-energy-security <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Driving Toward Greater Energy Security </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 11/13/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Picture yourself back in 1995 for a moment. Besides questionable music and fashion choices, we were at the start of some troubling trends in energy. The fuel economy of our cars and trucks had flatlined for five years, and they would stay that way for another 15. We were producing less and less of our own fuel at home, and biofuels were barely on the map, let alone in our gas tanks. We began to import more and more oil to make up for surging demand at home.</p> <p>Fast forward to today, and our energy landscape couldn&rsquo;t be more different. Our cars and trucks have never been <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/08/28/historic-fuel-efficiency-standards-cars-and-light-trucks">more efficient</a>, and homegrown biofuels account for about 10 percent of our transportation fuel. We are producing more of our oil here at home, and we are getting it from resources that we thought were unreachable just a decade ago.</p> <p>Today, the Department of Energy announced that we&rsquo;ve hit another milestone on our path to a more secure energy future. In October, domestic oil production exceeded crude oil imports for the first time since 1995, while petroleum net imports were the lowest since February 1991. For energy, the last two decades have been a story of resurgence and regaining control of our energy security, and this achievement underscores the changes in how we produce and use energy.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/image/oilchart_520_111313.jpg" /></p> <p>But how did we get from 1995 to today? The actions that President Obama and his Administration have taken to reduce our reliance on foreign oil play a significant role in this story. One of the very first actions the President took to implement his energy and climate strategy was to direct the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation to work with the auto industry to develop <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/08/28/historic-fuel-efficiency-standards-cars-and-light-trucks">new fuel economy standards</a> for cars and trucks &ndash; because improving fuel efficiency represents one of the best opportunities we have to reduce our dependence on oil. &nbsp;As a result, we&rsquo;re already seeing more efficient cars and trucks rolling off of assembly lines and into garages across the county. More than 70% of the oil we use is for transportation, and these investments in efficient cars and trucks have helped drive down oil consumption and save drivers money at the pump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/13/driving-towards-greater-energy-security" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/13/driving-towards-greater-energy-security" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/13/driving-towards-greater-energy-securit...</a> </div> </div> </div> Dan Utech Dan Utech Energy and Environment North Dakota Official Texas White House Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:39:17 +0000 feed 198190 at http://newsmotion.org