Obama Unveils New Energy Blueprint

    BANNING, CA - DECEMBER 8:  Emissions-producing diesel trucks and cars pass non-polluting windmills along the 10 freeway on December 8, 2009 near Banning, California. Sustained global warming shows no sign of letting up according to new analysis by the World Meteorological Organization made public at the climate talks in Copenhagen. Although global temperature fluctuates from year to year, overall the decade of the 2000s is likely the warmest decade in the past 150 years covered by the report. This decade is warmer than the 1990s which were warmer than the 1980s, and so on. The conclusion meshes with independent analysis by the National Climatic Data Center and NASA.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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    POTUS plans to unveil a “blueprint for a clean and secure energy future” for the U.S. on Friday that seeks $2 billion in revenue from federal oil and gas leases over the next 10 years to pay for research on clean-energy vehicles. White House officials say President Obama will announce the new plan as part of his “all-of-the-above energy strategy,” which includes an increase in oil and gas development, funding for clean-energy sources, loan guarantees for new nuclear plants, and research into long-term alternatives to fossil fuels. The president has thrown the towel in on pushing comprehensive climate-change legislation through Congress, focusing instead on smaller-scale solutions that don’t require new revenue sources.

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