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State Of The Union 2011: Obama Calls For Clean Energy But Includes Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal


01/25/11 08:17 PM ET   AP

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is setting a new goal for America's energy future, saying 80 percent of electricity should come from clean energy sources by 2035.

But his definition of clean energy is friendlier to industry than some environmentalists might like: He includes nuclear, natural gas and clean coal in the mix, along with wind and solar.

The president is also renewing his call to boost the number of hybrid and battery-operated cars on U.S. highways, and calls for ending some $4 billion a year in tax subsidies to oil and gas companies. Obama's sought to end oil and gas subsidies in the past but Congress hasn't gone along with it.

Obama laid out the goal in his State of the Union address, which was released in advance Tuesday.


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