Weekly Address: Time to Create the Energy Security Trust

Weekly Address: Time to Create the Energy Security Trust
President Obama discusses the need to harness American energy in order to reduce our dependence on oil and make the United States a magnet for new jobs. He highlights his all-of-the-above approach to American energy — including a proposal to establish an Energy Security Trust, which invests in research that will help shift our cars and trucks off of oil.

How we shift America off oil

The White House

America‘s auto industry is in the midst of a change for the better. Right now, car dealers are offering customers twice as many hybrids as they were five years ago and seven times as many cars that can go 40 miles or more on a gallon of gas. Last year, General Motors sold more hybrid cars than ever before and Ford is working hard to keep up with demand for its fuel-efficient vehicles.

That trend is a key example of how innovation helps to drive business success — and creates jobs for the middle class in America. But it’s one thing to make a car more fuel efficient. It’s another thing altogether to move cars and trucks off oil entirely.

And that’s the next step. Here’s how President Obama is proposing to get us there:

Infographic: The Energy Security Trust


At a time when the sequester is forcing laboratories and science facilities across the country to scale back on their work, we need to keep investing in research.

Because if we can meet this goal, the benefits are clear. We’ll help diminish the burden of spiking gas prices. We’ll reduce our reliance on foreign oil. And most importantly, the kind of technological breakthroughs the Energy Security Trust will work to produce won’t just create jobs — they could create whole new industries.

So if you think the Energy Security Trust is a good idea, will you share this graphic?

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Losing a pro-choice vote in the Senate

NARAL Pro-Choice America
Help us raise $50,000 by March 31 to keep this U.S. Senate seat pro-choice!



I’m writing with an urgent request for support.

With John Kerry’s appointment as secretary of State, his U.S. Senate seat hangs in the balance with a special election in Massachusetts. The Democratic primary is just weeks away and there is only one candidate — Rep. Ed Markey — with a solid record of protecting reproductive freedom.

Please help make a difference in this critical Senate race and in our ongoing work to protect choice at all levels by making an urgent donation today.

Special elections are fast and costly.  Every dollar we spend mobilizing volunteers, canvassing, distributing door hangers, and phone banking in Massachusetts is over and above our budget.  That’s why we need your support today to help us raise an additional $50,000 by March 31 to make a difference in this race and to continue our work to protect choice at all levels of government.

As you know, Sen. John Kerry had a strong pro-choice voting record. This special election puts this critical seat at risk — and could weaken our needed firewall against the extreme anti-choice agenda in Congress.

So please donate today. If Rep. Markey’s opponent, anti-choice Rep. Stephen Lynch, wins the Democratic primary, it could prove disastrous for women across the country.

In seven out of the last 11 years, Rep. Lynch received a 50-percent or less rating in our Congressional Record on Choice.  In 2004 and 2006, Lynch’s votes were so bad, he scored a ZERO rating. He even voted to give legal rights to a pregnancy!

 please donate today to help us reach our goal of raising $50,000 by March 31.

With your urgent donation today, NARAL Pro-Choice America can invest much-needed resources into spreading the word to Massachusetts voters that Rep. Ed Markey is the only candidate in this primary who women can trust to defend their reproductive rights.

Thank you for helping to make choice real for all women,

Ilyse G. Hogue President, NARAL Pro-Choice America