Villaraigosa attends Obama speech on energy

President Barack Obama gestures for the audience to take their seates as he arrives to speak on energy security for the country on March 30, 2011, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
President Barack Obama gestures for the audience to take their seates as he arrives to speak on energy security for the country on March 30, 2011, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

As President Obama outlined his long-term energy strategy in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, he said he wants 80 percent of the nation’s electricity to come from natural gas, wind and nuclear in the next quarter century. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in the audience for the speech on energy security.

He called the president’s message “music to his ears.” Villaraigosa said the president "is charting an agenda that focuses on clean fuels, specifically on alternative fuels. He very clearly made the case that the best way for America not to be subjected to the winds of the gas spikes that seem to come and go every few years is to have our own energy supply."

In his speech, Obama set a 2015 target for all all new federal vehicles to be hybrids, or run on electricity or some other alternative fuel.

Villaraigosa was in the nation's capitol to lobby for his plan to build a transit system now rather than wait 30 years for enough sales tax dollars to accumulate.

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