Reaction to President Obama's call for America to import less oil and become more energy independent has been mixed.
Offering few details, the president proposed embracing nuclear power, natural gas, green energy, and increased oil drilling in the U.S. His goal is to reduce U.S oil imports by one-third by 2025.
"The ups and downs in gas prices historically have tended to be temporary," Obama said. "But when you look at the long term trends, there are going to be more ups in gas prices than downs in gas prices."
Phil Kerpen, vice president for policy at the Americans for Prosperity, talked more about President Obama's energy proposal on the CBN News Channel Morning News, March 31.
While Charles Drevna, president of the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, agreed the U.S. should search for more internal sources of energy, he decried the notion of doing on the taxpayers' dime.
"Instead of adopting a government-led model of command and control, President Obama should let American consumers and the free market determine the energy sources that best meet our economic and national security needs," Drevna said in a statement.
Michael McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuels Association, disagreed.
"Many of today's most promising and potentially impactful technologies will simply not be commercialized without the support of our government in the short term," he said.
Meanwhile, political observers noted the White House's new focus on energy policy comes with the presidential race around the corner, and rising gas prices destined to be an issue.
The price of gas has spiked 50 cents a gallon this year and is now averaging $3.58.