Obama faces a 'tough choice' between natural gas and renewable energy development

U.S. President Barack Obama is in a "real bind" as the country could potentially bring in hundreds of billions of dollars from natural gas development, but stall renewable energy projects as a result, The Associated Press reported.

Charles Ebinger, director of the energy security initiative at the Brookings Institution, said the president faced a "tough choice" regarding energy development in the United Stated. Amping up gas drilling in the country could create many, much-needed jobs. However, it could also pose environmental concerns.

"I think the question is what does he want his legacy to be," Ebinger told the new source.

A recent study by the International Energy Agency stated that because of the potential for drilling, the United States could become a net exporter of natural gas by 2020 and nearly energy self-sufficient by 2035. The Obama Administration also recently announced it would continue to fight against climate change by reducing carbon emissions and boosting renewable energy sources.


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