Obama backs oil drilling along Atlantic seaboard

WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's expanding offshore oil drilling along the Atlantic coast, arguing that America must break its dependency on foreign oil and rely more on "homegrown fuels and clean energy."

Obama chose Andrews air base on the outskirts of Washington for his announcement, telling a military audience "this is not a decision that I've made lightly."

The move reverses longstanding government policy. Obama is allowing drilling along a large portion of Virginia's shoreline and is considering it for a large chunk of the Atlantic seaboard. He said "there will be those who strongly disagree," but pledged that it will be done "in ways that balance the need to harness domestic energy resources and the need to protect Americas's natural resources."

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