Mar 16, 2013

Oil Usage, Social Media, and the Presidency

The following is a bit self congratulatory for the President, but is interesting to
note the progress we have made in reducing our use of gas. It is also
interesting to see how the the Presidency can use social media to
get out its message.  It is a whole new phenomenon.

The White HouseFriday, March 15, 2013
 How we shift America off oil
America's auto industry is in the midst of a change for the better. Right now, car dealers are offering customers twice as many hybrids as they were five years ago and seven times as many cars that can go 40 miles or more on a gallon of gas. Last year, General Motors sold more hybrid cars than ever before and Ford is working hard to keep up with demand for its fuel-efficient vehicles.
That trend is a key example of how innovation helps to drive business success -- and creates jobs for the middle class in America. But it's one thing to make a car more fuel efficient. It's another thing altogether to move cars and trucks off oil entirely.

And that's the next step. Here's how President Obama is proposing to get us there:

Infographic: The Energy Security Trust

At a time when the sequester is forcing laboratories and science facilities across the country to scale back on their work, we need to keep investing in research.

Because if we can meet this goal, the benefits are clear. We'll help diminish the burden of spiking gas prices. We'll reduce our reliance on foreign oil. And most importantly, the kind of technological breakthroughs the Energy Security Trust will work to produce won't just create jobs -- they could create whole new industries.

So if you think the Energy Security Trust is a good idea, will you share this graphic?


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