Obama announces permission for offshore oil drilling (2)

10:27, April 01, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on energy security at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Obama on Wednesday announced a plan to expand oil drilling off US coasts, drawing protests from green groups but charges by Republicans it did not go far enough. (Xinhua/AFP)

"This announcement is part of a broader strategy that will move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels and foreign oil to one that relies more on homegrown fuels and clean energy. And the only way this transition will succeed is if it strengthens our economy in the short term and long term."

The new strategy modifies a ban that for more than 20 years has limited drilling along coastal areas other than the Gulf of Mexico.

It allows new oil drilling off Virginia's shoreline and considers it for a large chunk of the Atlantic seaboard. But it cancel some proposed contracts in Alaska.

The plan is part of the Obama administration's new energy policy.

"Drilling alone cannot come close to meeting our long-term energy needs, and ... for the sake of the planet and our energy independence, we need to begin the transition to cleaner fuels now, " Obama said.

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