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Obama agenda: Weaning off big oil

USA Today: “President Obama wrapped up a series of meetings with Congress on Thursday, the latest phase in a reach-out-to-Republicans effort marked by stark differences over taxes, the budget and other issues. Senate Republicans who spoke with the president said they appreciated the visit, but repeated their opposition to new taxes in any new debt reduction plan.”

The AP: “President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to authorize more federally funded research into clean energy technologies that can wean automobiles off oil. Obama proposed the idea of an energy security trust last month in his State of the Union address, but he was putting a price tag on the idea during a trip Friday to the Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago — $2 billion over 10 years. The White House says the research would be paid for with revenue from federal oil and gas leases on offshore drilling and would not add to the deficit.”

USA Today: “President Obama will call on Congress on Friday to set aside $2 billion over the next decade to support research of advanced vehicle technology, according to White House officials.”