奥巴马演讲 关于绿色车队行动的讲话1
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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Hello, everybody.  Thank you so much.  Everybody, please have a seat.

I am thrilled to be here, proud to be joined here today by two of our outstanding Cabinet Secretaries, Steven Chu and Ray LaHood.  Where are Steven Chu and Ray?  There they are over there.  We’re here today for a simple reason:  Ray wasn’t home when they tried to deliver a package yesterday -- (laughter) -- so we thought we’d just grab it and be on our way.  (Laughter.)  I’ve been working them too hard.

In addition to Steve and Ray, we also have the Attorney General of Maryland, Doug Gansler, is here.  (Applause.)  And we’ve got one of the finest senators in the United States Senate, from Maryland, Ben Cardin is in the house.  (Applause.)

We actually didn’t come here for -- to grab a package.  We’re actually here to announce an exciting new partnership1 between the federal government and some of America’s leading companies –- a partnership that will help reduce our dependence2 on oil, that will protect our planet, and will spur economic growth. 
I gave a speech about this earlier this week, and I laid out a blueprint3 that will put America on a path toward a clean energy future.  I know a lot of folks have been feeling the pinch of higher gas prices lately, whether you’re filling up your tank or you’re running a business like UPS.  And usually it’s times like these when everybody starts saying we should do something about our dependence on oil.  And when prices go back down, we forget about it and we move on until the next crisis hits.

The point I made earlier this week is that we can’t keep on doing that.  That’s not how we should conduct our energy policy in this country.  We can’t go from shock to trance, rushing the proposed action when gas prices rise and then hitting the snooze button when they go back down.  We’ve got to have a steady, sustained, smart strategy.  And at a time when we’re addressing instability overseas, we know this is a national security issue, and it’s a huge economic issue.

Nearly two years after one of the worst recessions in our history -- certainly the worst one in our lifetimes -- our economy is showing signs of real strength.  Today we learned that we added 230,000 private sector4 jobs last month.  (Applause.)  That’s good news.  That means more packages.  (Laughter.)  Right?  (Applause.)  That makes 1.8 million private sector jobs created in the last 13 months.  And the unemployment rate has now fallen a full point in the last four months.  And the last time that happened was during the recovery in 1984, where we saw such a significant drop in the unemployment rate.

Now, despite that good news, everybody here knows we’ve got a lot of more work to do.  There are still millions of Americans out there that are looking for a job that pays the bills.  I know there’s a lot going on in the world right now, and so the news has been captured by the images of the Middle East and what’s happening, the tragedy to our friends in Japan.

And I’m focused on those issues, but you should know that keeping the economy going and making sure jobs are available is the first thing I think about when I wake up the morning; it’s the last thing I think about when I go to bed each night.  And I will not be satisfied until every American who wants a good job can find one and every American gets a shot at the American Dream.  That’s what we’re focused on.  That’s what we’re fighting for.  (Applause.)

So although we got good news today, we have to keep the momentum5 going.  And making the transition to a clean energy economy will help us do that in two very important ways.  First, it reduces the chance that our families, our businesses, and our economy will be held hostage to the whims6 of the oil market -- will be held hostage to something that happens on the other side of the world.  Second, investments in clean energy have the potential to create an untold7 number of new jobs and new industries right here in the United States.

So for all these reasons, I set a new goal for America:  When I was first elected to this office, America imported 11 million barrels of oil a day -- 11 million barrels.  [By a little more than] A decade from now, I want us to have cut that by one-third.  That is achievable, it is necessary, it’s good for our future, and we are going to get it done.  I’m confident we can get it done.  (Applause.)

Now, to meet that goal, we’re going to need to pursue a broad range of policies -- new incentives8 for natural gas fleets, new research on advanced biofuels(生物燃料) .  And my hope is, is that members of both parties -- Republicans and Democrats9 -- will support these kinds of proposals.  This shouldn’t be a partisan10 issue.  This is an American issue -- making sure that we’ve got energy security and energy independence.

But one of the best ways to reduce our dependence on oil is by making our cars and trucks more energy efficient, because transportation accounts for more than 70 percent of America’s oil consumption.  And by the way, using energy-efficient cars and trucks can also make economic sense because transportation is one of the biggest costs for many businesses and certainly for many families.  So energy-efficient cars and trucks won’t just cut our dependence on oil -- it can save us money day to day.


1 partnership NmfzPy     
  • The company has gone into partnership with Swiss Bank Corporation.这家公司已经和瑞士银行公司建立合作关系。
  • Martin has taken him into general partnership in his company.马丁已让他成为公司的普通合伙人。
2 dependence 3wsx9     
  • Doctors keep trying to break her dependence of the drug.医生们尽力使她戒除毒瘾。
  • He was freed from financial dependence on his parents.他在经济上摆脱了对父母的依赖。
3 blueprint 6Rky6     
  • All the machine parts on a blueprint must answer each other.设计图上所有的机器部件都应互相配合。
  • The documents contain a blueprint for a nuclear device.文件内附有一张核装置的设计蓝图。
4 sector yjczYn     
  • The export sector will aid the economic recovery. 出口产业将促进经济复苏。
  • The enemy have attacked the British sector.敌人已进攻英国防区。
5 momentum DjZy8     
  • We exploit the energy and momentum conservation laws in this way.我们就是这样利用能量和动量守恒定律的。
  • The law of momentum conservation could supplant Newton's third law.动量守恒定律可以取代牛顿第三定律。
6 WHIMS ecf1f9fe569e0760fc10bec24b97c043     
  • The mate observed regretfully that he could not account for that young fellow's whims. 那位伙伴很遗憾地说他不能说出那年轻人产生怪念头的原因。
  • The rest she had for food and her own whims. 剩下的钱她用来吃饭和买一些自己喜欢的东西。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
7 untold ljhw1     
  • She has done untold damage to our chances.她给我们的机遇造成了不可估量的损害。
  • They suffered untold terrors in the dark and huddled together for comfort.他们遭受着黑暗中的难以言传的种种恐怖,因而只好挤在一堆互相壮胆。
8 incentives 884481806a10ef3017726acf079e8fa7     
激励某人做某事的事物( incentive的名词复数 ); 刺激; 诱因; 动机
  • tax incentives to encourage savings 鼓励储蓄的税收措施
  • Furthermore, subsidies provide incentives only for investments in equipment. 更有甚者,提供津贴仅是为鼓励增添设备的投资。 来自英汉非文学 - 环境法 - 环境法
9 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 partisan w4ZzY     
  • In their anger they forget all the partisan quarrels.愤怒之中,他们忘掉一切党派之争。
  • The numerous newly created partisan detachments began working slowly towards that region.许多新建的游击队都开始慢慢地向那里移动。
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