News / USA

Obama: Time to Create the Energy Security Trust

VOA News
U.S. President Barack Obama says the only way to break the cycle of spiking gas prices is to "shift cars and trucks off of oil for good."

He said that is why he asked Congress in his State of the Union address to establish an Energy Security Trust to investigate new technologies for oil-free vehicles.

President Obama said in his weekly address Saturday that oil and gas revenues from public lands could supply the money for the research "without adding a dime" to the deficit.



Obama recorded his address near Chicago at the Argonne National Laboratory, which has conducted groundbreaking research on advanced car battery technology that reduces the need for oil and gas in vehicles.

In the Republican address, House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who was a candidate for vice president last year, said Republicans have a plan to balance the federal budget in 10 years by cutting spending and not raising taxes.

You May Like

IS Militants Release 49 Turkish Hostages

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reports that no ransom was paid and no conditions accepted for the hostages' release; few details of the release are known More

Photogallery IS Attacks Send Thousands of Syrian Kurds Fleeing to Turkey

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 300 Kurdish fighters crossed into Syria from Turkey to defend a Kurdish area from attack by the Islamic militants More

Video Sierra Leone's Ebola Lockdown Continues

Thousands of health workers are going door to door in the West African country of 6 million, informing people of how to avoid Ebola, handing out soap More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
March 18, 2013 7:56 PM
Even India has started production of battery operated cars without any financial assistance from the government. Why should government spend money to promote electric cars in the US? May be Obama has somebody in mind similar to Solindra. The government should stop all incentives and rebates provided to energy industries in the name of research, energy security and clean energy.


by: Kitagawa Keikoh from: Daikanyama, JPN
March 16, 2013 8:13 PM
I feel this address is one of the start of new era for electrical vehicles. The US will concentrate on development of electric cars and invest more money for them.
On the other hand, Japanese car makers still developing hybrid cars. That's because they are not car producers but they are car ENGINE producers on its basis. They can not thrown away their engine technologies and will disappear from car industries in the near future.


by: milan milenkovic from: usa,va
March 16, 2013 4:04 PM
US now imports some 20% of its energy needs, but will become nearly Self-sufficient around 2035 (Global energy NEEDS are forecast to increase by THIRD by 2035, with 60% of the additional demand coming from China, India and the Middle East). The most important goal for Clean Energy is USA FOREIGN oil independence !( in 2011. our dependance on foreign oil was 45%, for the first time in over decade). Other than that: to cut tax brakes for oil companies and to stop oil market fraud. As I know, IER said that North America ( US, Can, Mex.) have total recoverable resources at more than 1,7 trillion barrels of oil and 4,7 quadrillion of natural gas… My conclusion: “ SMART MIX” of CLEAN E ( solar, wind, natural gas, biomass, algae …) , energy STORAGE technology, and innovations like: Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion ( by Lockheed M.); Ocean power ( Columbia Power Technologies), Vorbeck/BMW lithium-air battery , E. coli switch grass biomass project ( by JBEI), Solar Space Farm… are the best options for our future.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Fears Ebola Outbreak ‘Beyond Our Capability to Contain’i
X
Jeff Seldin
September 20, 2014 10:28 PM
Each day brings with it new warnings about the deadly Ebola outbreak already blamed for killing more than 2,600 people across West Africa. And while countries and international organizations like the United Nations are starting to come through on promises of help for those most affected, the unprecedented speed with which the virus has spread is raising questions about the international response. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from Washington.
Video

Video Fears Ebola Outbreak ‘Beyond Our Capability to Contain’

Each day brings with it new warnings about the deadly Ebola outbreak already blamed for killing more than 2,600 people across West Africa. And while countries and international organizations like the United Nations are starting to come through on promises of help for those most affected, the unprecedented speed with which the virus has spread is raising questions about the international response. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from Washington.
Video

Video Iran, World Powers Seek Progress in Nuclear Talks

Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, known as the P5 + 1, have started a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports that as the negotiations take place in New York, a U.S. envoy is questioning Iran's commitment to peaceful nuclear activity.
Video

Video Obama Goes to UN With Islamic State, Ebola on Agenda

President Obama goes to the United Nations General Assembly to rally nations to support a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. He also will look for nations to back his plan to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. As VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports, Obama’s efforts reflect new moves by the U.S. administration to take a leading role in addressing world crises.
Video

Video Migrants Caught in No-Man's Land Called Calais

The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean this week has only recast the spotlight on the perils of reaching Europe. And for those forunate enough to reach a place like Calais, France, only find that their problems aren't over. Lisa Bryant has the story.
Video

Video Westgate Siege Anniversary Brings Back Painful Memories

One year after it happened, the survivors of the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall still cannot shake the images of that tragic incident. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf tells the story of victims still waiting for the answer to the question 'how could this happen?'
Video

Video Militant Assault in Syria Displaces Thousands of Kurds

A major assault by Islamic State militants on Kurds in Syria has sent a wave of new refugees to the Turkish border, where they were stopped by Turkish border security. Turkey is already hosting about 700,000 Syrian refugees who fled the civil war between the government and the opposition. But the government in Ankara has a history of strained relations with Turkey's Kurdish minority. Zlatica Hoke reports Turkey is asking for international help.
Video

Video Whaling Summit Votes to Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt

The International Whaling Commission, meeting in Slovenia, has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean. Conservationists hailed the ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale hunt in 2015. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid