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President Barack Obama will use the oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico to advance his alternative energy agenda Wednesday, according to excerpts of a speech the president is set to deliver at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University.
"The catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf right now may prove to be a result of human error - or corporations taking dangerous short-cuts that compromised safety," Obama says in the excerpts. "But we have to acknowledge that there are inherent risks to drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth - risks that are bound to increase the harder oil extraction becomes. Just like we have to acknowledge that an America run solely on fossil fuels should not be the vision we have for our children and grandchildren."
Obama's emphasis on energy issues is expected to be part of a broader focus in the president's speech on the state of the economy. Administration officials pledged to focus strongly on job creation earlier in the year but have since been forced to grapple with a host of unexpected challenges, including the oil spill.
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