President Obama and the Hispanic Community

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WHITE HOUSE VIDEO MESSAGE: Strengthening America’s Energy Future

In this week’s video message, White House Director of Hispanic Media Katherine Vargas discussed the important progress the Administration has made in American energy. Since the President took office, the Administration has reduced our reliance on foreign oil and doubled wind and solar power – steps that will ultimately lead to a cleaner and safer planet for generations to come.

The audio of the address and video of the message is available online HERE.

Spanish Language Video Message

The White House

November 16, 2013

Hi, everybody.  On Thursday, the President visited a steel plant in Cleveland, Ohio to talk about what the Administration is doing to rebuild our economy on a new foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth. 

One area where we’ve made great progress is American energy.  Shortly after the President took office, the Administration invested in new American technologies to reverse our reliance on foreign oil and double our wind and solar power. 

And today, we’re generating more renewable energy than ever – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs to show for it.  We produce more natural gas than anyone – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it.  And just this week, we learned that for the first time in nearly two decades, the United States now produces more of our own oil here at home than we buy from other countries. 

That’s a big deal.  That’s a tremendous step towards American energy independence. 

But this is important, too: we reached this milestone in part not only because we’re producing more energy, but because we’re wasting less energy.  We set new fuel standards for our cars and trucks so that they’ll go twice as far on a gallon of gas by the middle of the next decade.  That’s going to save the average driver more than $8,000 at the pump. 

Here’s another thing.  Between more clean energy, and less wasted energy, our emissions of dangerous carbon pollution are falling.  That’s good news for anyone who cares about the world we leave to our kids. And for the 8% of Hispanic children who suffer from asthma, cleaner air means less triggers and worsened symptoms from poor air quality. 

With all the progress we’ve made, we should continue investing in the new technologies that will keep cutting our oil imports, and in the renewable energy that will keep creating good jobs. Given the growth of the Latino community in recent decades, our nation's Hispanic students and workforce will play a pivotal role in these new and emerging sectors.

More good jobs. 

Cheaper and cleaner sources of energy. 

A secure energy future. 

Thanks to the grit and resilience of American businesses and the American people, that’s where we’re heading.  And, that’s where we’re going to keep heading – to leave our children a stronger economy, and a safer planet.  Thanks, and have a great weekend. 

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