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U.S. makes progress in enhancing energy security: White House

03-13-2012 08:13 BJT

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Xinhua) -- The United States has made great progress in enhancing its energy security in the past three years, thanks to President Barack Obama's energy strategy, according to a White House report released Monday.

In 2011, the United States became a net oil products exporter for the first time in 60 years, after the Obama administration had set a goal to reduce oil imports by a third in a little over a decade, said the report, titled "Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future: One-year Progress."

Booming U.S. oil and gas production, more efficient vehicles and a world-class refining sector all contributed to this shift, said the report, which was drafted by six energy-related federal agencies.

Last year, U.S. domestic oil production reached its highest level in nearly a decade and natural gas production hit a record high, the report said.

The country also nearly doubled its output of renewable energy, generated from wind, solar and geothermal resources since 2008 due to record investments in energy and transportation, the White House said.

The report was released on the first anniversary of Obama's "Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future" plan, which outlined the administration's energy strategies.

The plan called for reducing the United States' reliance on foreign oil, saving money at the pump and positioning the country as the global leader in clean energy.

"But even with this progress, there is much more work to do," the report said, adding that the country needs to stick to the plan and build on the progress it has made.

The report noted that petrol prices across the country are currently repeating last year's rising trend. The average retail price for a gallon of regular gasoline topped 3.7 dollars last week, not far from the record high of 4.11 dollars per gallon in July 2008.

Since rising oil prices have become a big concern in the United States, Obama, with months left before the presidential election, has become more aggressive on the energy issue.

The U.S. Energy Department on March 1 announced that 180 million dollars would be invested in a new initiative to capture the potential of wind energy off U.S. coasts.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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