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Obama Lauds US Energy Efforts

President Barack Obama at the White House, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.
U.S. President Barack Obama says the country is finally poised to control its own energy future.

In his weekly address Saturday, the Democratic president noted the announcement earlier in the week that, for the first time in nearly two decades, the U.S. produces more oil than it buys from other countries. He called it a "tremendous step towards American energy independence."

Obama said the milestone was reached not only because of more production, but also less waste of energy.

He said Americans will save more in the future with new fuel standards for vehicles and energy upgrades of homes and businesses.

In the Republican address, Senator Ron Johnson (of the northern state of Wisconsin) criticized the Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare - saying the president's unmet claim that all Americans could keep their insurance plans amounts to "political fraud."