Obama says will push environmental issues

Jan. 28, 2014 at 9:38 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- President Obama said Tuesday he will work with industry to invest in new factories using natural gas while doing more to protect the environment.

The president said he'll "cut red tape" to help states get manufacturing plants built, push for a "smarter tax policy" that shifts from fossil fuels to natural gas and alternative energies, and set new standards for trucks "so we can keep driving down oil imports and what we pay at the pump."

"But we have to act with more urgency -- because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods," he said. "That's why I directed my administration to work with states, utilities and others to set new standards on the amount of carbon pollution our power plants are allowed to dump into the air."

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