President Obama pledged to expand domestic oil production in Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico and possibly the Atlantic Ocean. This is to to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
Seeking to make good on his promise to combine production with conservation, the White House announced that Obama will take executive actions that would achieve some of what Republicans have tried to do through legislation.
In doing so, the president risked alienating liberal Democrats and environmentalists wary of expanding oil and gas production, particularly in the aftermath of last spring’s BP oil spill in the Gulf.
“Last year, America’s oil production reached its highest level since 2003,” Obama said in his weekly radio address. “But I believe that we should expand oil production in America — even as we increase safety and environmental standards.”