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Obama urges movement on energy legislation


Earlier today, we mentioned that President Obama would use tomorrow's Oval Office address, in part, to call for a comprehensive energy reform. And now he's asking his several million-strong email list to stand with him to push for passage of this reform. (The House has already passed an energy/climate change bill; the Senate has not.)

[O]ur work will not end with this [oil-spill] crisis. That's one of the reasons why last week I invited lawmakers from both parties to join me at the White House to discuss what it will take to move forward on legislation to promote a new economy powered by green jobs, combat climate change, and end our dependence on foreign oil.

Today, we consume more than 20 percent of the world's oil, but have less than two percent of the world's oil reserves. Beyond the risks inherent in drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth, our dependence on oil means that we will continue to send billions of dollars of our hard-earned wealth to other countries every month -- including many in dangerous and unstable regions.

In other words, our continued dependence on fossil fuels will jeopardize our national security. It will smother our planet. And it will continue to put our economy and our environment at risk. We cannot delay any longer, and that is why I am asking for your help.