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Obama Calls On House To Pass Energy Bill; Says Polluters Will Pay

06/23/09 01:56 PM ET   AP

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling on members of the House to pass legislation that he says will "spark a clean energy transformation" and reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil.

Obama told reporters at a Tuesday midday news conference that the legislation will also deal with the problem of pollution that causes global warming. And he says it will be paid for by the polluters.

Obama said the measure will bring energy savings to Americans, while developing technologies that could create millions of new jobs.

He said again that a nation that leads the way to a clean energy economy will lead the global economy in this century.

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Barack Obama is calling on members of the House to pass legislation that he says will "spark a clean energy transformation" and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

Obama told reporters at a Tuesday news conference that the legislation will also deal with the problem of carbon pollution. And he says it will be paid for by the polluters.

Obama said the measure will bring energy savings to Americans, while developing technologies that could create millions of new jobs.

He said again that a nation that leads the way to a clean energy economy will lead the global economy in this century.

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