(May 14, 2007)

Bush to reduce oil use

From Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Faced with rising gasoline prices, President George W. Bush on Monday will announce his government will take steps to begin implementing a plan aimed at reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

The White House gave no specific details other than to say Bush will ask his government to starting implementing the plan through regulatory action.

Bush proposed at his State of the Union address early this year to reduce American dependence on foreign oil by 20 percent over 10 years. The U.S. Congress has not yet approved the plan.

"He will announce his latest effort to assure that the nation is taking aggressive steps to reduce gasoline consumption and to reduce dependence on foreign energy sources," said White House spokesman Tony Snow.

"He'll ask the administration to start implementing the '20-in-10' program through regulatory action. At the same time, he will continue to urge Congress to pass legislation to advance the goal," Snow told reporters.

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