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Obama: Clean Energy Key to Economic Growth


Barack Obama delivers his weekly address from a hybrid technology plant in the state of Indiana, May 7, 2011

Barack Obama delivers his weekly address from a hybrid technology plant in the state of Indiana, May 7, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama has renewed his call for pursuing clean energy sources, like biofuels and natural gas, to break the U.S. dependence on foreign oil while growing the economy.

Delivering his weekly address from a hybrid technology plant in the state of Indiana, Obama says in the short term, domestic oil production is growing, reaching its highest level last year since 2003.

But the president says in the long term, the U.S. should be investing in clean energy technology and securing the jobs it will generate.

Obama says that he supports the nation living within its means in these difficult fiscal times, but says he refuses to cut investments in clean energy that will help the United States out-compete and out-innovate other countries.

In this week's Republican address, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown praised the recent military raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound that resulted in the al-Qaida leader's death.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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