US will control its own destiny: Obama

Stressing on the need for American-made energy, President Barack Obama asserted that US will control its own destiny.

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2012, 00:12 AM IST

Washington: Stressing on the need for
"American-made energy", President Barack Obama on Thursday asserted
that US will control its own destiny as it can`t allow itself
to be held hostage to the events in other parts of the world.

In the 21st century, US, he argued, can no longer depend
the energy policy of the last century given that the galloping
energy demand of India and China and disturbances in the
Middle East would always be instrumental in hike in gasoline
prices.

"An energy strategy for the last century is one that traps
us in the past. What we need now is an all-of-the-above
strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of
American-made energy not just oil and gas, but wind power
and solar power; biofuels and fuel-efficient cars and trucks
that get more miles to the gallon.

"That`s the future. That`s where I want to take this
country," Obama said.

In his remarks on energy and gas prices in Maryland, Obama
was a vocal critic of the Republican policy of "drilling more
oil", arguing that this is not going to resolve the issues in
the decades to come.

It is time to think and come out of the box ideas which
would reduce America`s dependence on foreign oil.

"Since I took office, America`s dependence on foreign oil
has gone down every single year. In 2010 our oil dependence,
the amount that we`re bringing in, the percentage we`re
bringing in, was under 50 percent for the first time in 13
years.

"We`ve got to do better than that, and we can do better
than that," he asserted.

Obama, tried to rip apart, his Republican presidential
opponents who are opposing his "all the above option" on
energy policy, by arguing that they do not know what they are
talking about.

"They dismiss wind power. They dismiss solar power. They
make jokes about biofuels. They were against raising fuel
standards. I guess they like gas guzzlers. They think that`s
good for our future," Obama said referring to the recent
statements from Republican presidential aspirants.

"We`re trying to move towards the future. They want to be
stuck in the past. And we`ve heard this kind of thinking
before. Let me tell you something: If some of these folks were
around when Columbus set sail they must have been founding
members of the Flat Earth Society.

"They would not have believed that the world was round,"
he said.

America, he argued, has always succeeded because it
refused to stand still.

"We put faith in the future. We are inventors, we are
builders, we are makers of things. We are Thomas Edison, we
are the Wright Brothers, we are Bill Gates, we are Steve Jobs.
That`s who we are. That`s who we need to be right now," Obama
said.

PTI