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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Obama proposed energy regulations to increase offshore drilling
Kimberly Bennett at 12:00 AM ET

On March 31, 2010, President Barack Obama announced a comprehensive energy plan, which would increase offshore drilling but reduce vehicle emissions and overall mileage. The plan allowed drilling activity off the coasts of the mid-Atlantic and southeastern states, as well as development in previously closed areas of the Gulf of Mexico. Agencies within the Department of the Interior (DOI) assembled a detailed report [PDF] on conventional and renewable offshore energy resources. Obama justified the new energy plan as "part of a broader strategy that will move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels and foreign oil to one that relies on homegrown fuels and clean energy." Critics of the plan argued that it did not focus enough on sustainable sources of energy. President Obama's 2012 State of the Union speech also endorsed an increase in US oil production.

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