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President Obama’s Energy Plan

Every president since Richard Nixon has vowed to get the U.S. off imported oil. We’ll take a tough look at the latest plan — President Obama’s.

The rig responsible for drilling the main relief well at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil wellhead on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana (AP)

The rig responsible for drilling the main relief well at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil wellhead on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana (AP)

Every president since Richard Nixon has called for Americans to get off imported oil. Cut back. Reorient. Wind down.

Last week, President Obama made his pitch — for Americans to cut imported oil use one third by 2025. His plan is not all green, there’s plenty of domestic oil drilling in there. And nuclear. And a track record of battered Obama energy initiatives.

Will he be more successful than the seven presidents before him? As other countries ramp up new energy initiatives, the question becomes more urgent.

This hour On Point: a new run at new energy.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Angel Gonzalez, Houston bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires, author of last week’s Wall Street Journal article, “Obama Adds New Luster to Old Calls for Energy Independence.”

Michael J. Graetz, author of “The End of Energy: The Unmaking of America’s Environment, Security, and Independence.”  Professor of law at Columbia University and professor emeritus at Yale Law School.

Steven Mufson, energy correspondent for the Washington Post.

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