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The president today announcing a plan to expand and explore more offshore oil and natural gas drilling United States and we are happy to be joined now from the White House like water.
White House energy.
Advisor -- welcome to the program.
Can you give us more details on the plan as you know how much are we talking about win it might be implemented etc.
Well the president you know has been committed to different energy future of the country when that breaks dependence on Bart I'll creates good clean energy jobs and that's us and today's announcement was about which is opening up parts the outer continental shelf there response that are responsible way.
Four studies to determine whether or not there can actually -- oil and gas production and that's the case.
-- moving forward with leases at some areas off the Atlantic primaries off the West Coast of Florida.
And in some areas in Alaska at the same time some areas have been put into permanent protection for example Bristol Bay in Alaska will be permanently protect.
So just an exploration plans and there's a possibility that no new drilling would come of this.
Well it started drilling going on for example and that western gulf of Mexicana and the area that we announced today is adjacent to that area we know there are a lot of resources there the next step in the -- to do.
The environmental analysis.
There's a -- -- -- 125.
Miles of the coast of Florida and then finally congress and indicates that the Gulf of -- congress will have to make a decision.
We do believe there -- be drilling as a part of today's announcement we needed to get the process going if we're going to be about finding good.
Domestic sources of natural gas and -- Carol it's -- didn't -- now getting you being here why make this announcement.
About offshore drilling now some see it as a way to.
When votes and win the favor of lawmakers to pass a bigger climate energy bill.
Well -- -- -- because we need to be taking steps towards the president's commitment to different energy future in the same way that congress needs to take steps towards passage of legislation.
Secretary of interior the White House has been working on this for some time and it's important to the people of this country.
To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to a different energy future whether it the first nuclear loan guarantee in thirty years the biggest ever investment in wind and solar and now today.
The opportunity for more domestic production which will allow us begin the process that you.
Breaking that dependence on foreign oil.
You -- the EPA you're on the -- the Audubon society you you are committed environmentalist how do you feel about them.
While not on the board ought to -- anymore when I -- in my but I think I -- Oregon -- environmental well.
As I am I -- is an environmentalist and I'm also a native -- -- -- now.
And I'm quite quite comfortable with the announcement today I think it is the right balance between domestic production between security needs.
Different energy future as well as environmental concerns there is absolutely a way to -- Drill to drill in environmentally sensitive manner in areas second supported and that's what we're about.
Tomorrow day EPA Carol and the Department of Transportation is going to essentially lay out the rule making for their car a car and truck standards.
What can you tell us about that announcement tomorrow.
EPA DOT the White House have been working closely with the auto industry -- with the state of California and tomorrow we'll finalized a rule.
That will require 35 point five mile per gallon.
On average for fleet.
We'll also be the first greenhouse gas emissions standards for crisis is hugely historic and what it means for American families.
When they buy this next generation of fuel efficient vehicles is saving less.
You'll use on a weekly monthly annual basis.
You know I had not get a discount that at all -- I'm sure it is a big announcement but.
We have as a nation been trying to change fuel economy standards for years that I actually wrote a paper in law school on environmental regulations and I was shocked to learn.
That the cafe standards -- basically lower -- fuel economy is lower now.
That it was thirty years ago because of the explosion and big heavy vehicles right suvs do you really believe you're going to be able to get change.
In -- I'll -- easily there's a lot of credit for choir -- this one have said the same thing and nothing has changed.
But the difference is this is an enforceable.
Rule if companies don't comply they can be held accountable.
-- you're right it took far too long to get to this place a new law was passed several years ago this president took advantage of it the new -- Need to get to 35 miles per gallon on average in 20/20.
Working with the car companies were getting to 35 point five miles per gallon.
Teens who were doing much more quickly than even congress anticipated and it isn't porcelain we will do that we will make sure.
The people of this country have more fuel efficient cars is all part of -- at different energy future.
Why all the very complicated regulations.
Environmental laws the fuel economy standards.
Would you ever get behind a fuel tax on energy consumption in this country want tax and -- -- -- that.
Well we we think that we have a lot of tools available to us to break our dependence on foreign -- -- whether it be announced that we make today on drilling.
Art the the work that EPA DOT have done for fuel efficient cars and you were gonna continue to pursue.
Those -- obviously we need congress to look at comprehensive energy legislation.
They're doing that there's a bipartisan group Lindsey Graham.
A Joseph Lieberman and John -- a trying to put that package together and give businesses.
Across the United States predictability and certainty they need to make investments in new clean energy technologies so we can mean the world and clean energy technologies.
Carol -- White House energy advisor probably the longest lasting.
Non politician if he's in Washington DC Carol congratulations you you've done what so -- could not Carol thank thank you.
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