After delivery two separate speeches on energy policy on Wednesday, President Barack Obama will remain focused on energy on Thursday amid a continued increase in gas prices.
The White House said Obama will visit the Cushing, Oklahoma-area in the morning to discuss his administration's commitment to improving and supporting the infrastructure that helps leverage the nation's domestic resources, while also ensuring the projects are developed in a safe and responsible way.
Obama supports the construction of a pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf of Mexico but blocked a northern section of the pipeline extending up to Canada due to environmental concerns.
Following the remarks in Cushing, the president is scheduled to travel to Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he will tour the Center for Automotive Research and deliver additional remarks on American energy.
Obama will likely continue to focus on his administration's "all of the above" strategy for reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
Speaking in New Mexico on Wednesday, Obama said, "In this country, we control our own destiny. We control our own resources. We control our own economy. We chart our own course. I don't want to be subject to the whim of somebody somewhere else. And that's why we need an all-of-the-above energy strategy."
"So we're going to develop every possible source of American-made energy. Oil and gas, wind power, solar power, biofuels, fuel-efficient cars and trucks that get more miles to the gallon -- that's our future," he added. "And the good news is we're already seeing progress."
Republican Presidential candidates have sought to blame the administration's energy policies for the recent jump in gas prices, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich going so far as to pledge that his policies would reduce gas prices to as low as $2 a gallon.
by RTT Staff Writer
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