As part of an executive proclamation declaring October “National Energy Action Month,” President Obama said his administration “continues to open millions of acres for oil and gas exploration.”
In August, the Obama administration announced plans to permit offshore drilling on Alaska’s North Slope.
In his statement today, Obama also touts the country’s progress on natural gas:
Thanks to pioneering new technologies developed right here at home, America is also now the world’s leading producer of natural gas. As production has increased, it has boosted our manufacturing, dramatically reduced prices, and created more jobs for the American people. Along with advances in renewable energy and increased efficiency, our investments in natural gas can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change
He adds, “Today, domestic oil production is at the highest level in nearly a decade, while oil imports have fallen to the lowest level in nearly 20 years.”
The administration has touted an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy since at least his 2011 State of the Union.
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