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April 30, 2012

President Obama Puts Clean Energy At the Top of the List

What one policy would the President enact if an obstructionist Congress wasn't standing in the way? That's the question late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon asked Obama during a segment aired last week -  and the President's answer is good news for anyone interested in putting the health of our planet and our families before the reckless agenda of big polluters. Take a look:

Transcript:

FALLON: If there was anything you could pass just by snapping your fingers,  that doesn't have to go through Congress, that would change the world, what would it be?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Along with getting our education system right, another big piece of business is energy. We have to make sure that we are investing in the clean energy sources of the future: solar, wind, biofuels.

Our oil production is higher than it's been in eight years. Our oil imports are lower than they've been in 13 years, so we're producing a lot of oil but we're still subsidizing the oil industry when they're making billions. For us to take some of that money and invest in electric cars and new sources of fuel – that's good for the planet, it helps us deal with climate change, it's good for our economy. That's what ultimately is going to prevent these constant gas price spikes that end up hurting so many people.

-- Trey Pollard, Sierra Club, Deputy National Press Secretary

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