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Michael Oko, NRDC, 202-904-5245;; or Kate Slusark, 212-727-4592;

NRDC Responds to President Obama's Energy Announcements

WASHINGTON - 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.”


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