Obama touts clean energy agenda

President Obama focused on energy independence in his weekly address, following a week dominated by the chaotic rollout of his signature healthcare law.

Obama touted increased natural gas production, more efficient energy use and a drop in carbon emissions in his speech, arguing that lower carbon emissions don't slow economic growth.


"Between more clean energy, and less wasted energy, our emissions of dangerous carbon pollution are actually falling. That’s good news for anyone who cares about the world we leave to our kids," he said. "And while our carbon emissions have been dropping, our economy has been growing.  Our businesses have created 7.8 million new jobs in the past 44 months.  It proves that the old argument that we can’t strengthen the economy and be good stewards of our planet at the same time is a false choice.  We can do both.  And we have to do both."

Obama largely abandoned a push for comprehensive climate change legislation as he fought to pass ObamaCare before Democrats lost the House in 2010. But the administration has put in place new rules regarding carbon emissions, and the Environmental Protection Agency has released draft rules limiting how much carbon coal-fired power plants will be allowed to emit.

In his speech, the president said he'll continue to fight for more energy production alongside lower carbon emissions for the rest of his presidency.

"More good jobs.  Cheaper and cleaner sources of energy.  A secure energy future.  Thanks to the grit and resilience of American businesses and the American people, that’s where we’re heading.  And as long as I’m President, that’s where we’re going to keep heading – to leave our children a stronger economy, and a safer planet," he concluded.