NRDC Responds to President Obama's Energy Announcements

WASHINGTON (March 31, 2010) -- President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, speaking today at Andrews Air Force Base, announced details on new energy policies for America.

Following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“We need comprehensive solutions for America’s clean energy future -- and more offshore drilling in our oceans does not fit in that picture. Offshore drilling carries significant environmental risks without truly increasing our energy independence. There are many areas that are just too sensitive for offshore drilling, which threatens our oceans, sea life and coastal communities; including economic interests in these areas. America has better solutions than to drill in our pristine waters -- which needs more research and investigation -- and we should be pursuing these options.

“On the other hand, the new vehicle standards are a giant step forward on our country’s journey towards a cleaner and more secure future. These standards will help consumers and businesses -- while cutting carbon pollution to protect the environment. The new fleet of hybrid vehicles announced today will also help cut our oil dependence and cut pollution. And we are encouraged by the administration’s support for investments in carbon capture and storage and in advanced biofuels.

“In order to fully achieve a clean energy future, we need the administration and Congress to enact truly comprehensive energy and climate policies that will cut our dependence on oil, limit carbon pollution and create jobs. We now look to the Senate to advance comprehensive legislation -- that is being crafted by Senators Kerry, Graham, Lieberman and others -- to make our country stronger, safer and more secure.”