Doc Hastings

Obama urges businesses to buy clean cars

Flanked by a half-dozen electric-powered trucks owned by companies with some of the largest vehicle fleets on the road, President Barack Obama urged businesses Friday to help the nation reduce its reliance on fossil fuels by replacing gas-guzzling vehicles with more fuel-efficient models.

Obama's appearance at a UPS distribution facility in Landover was part of a broader effort by the White House in recent days to refocus attention on the nation's energy challenges as turmoil in the Middle East sends gasoline prices skyward. Earlier this week, Obama called for reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025.

"I know a lot of folks have been feeling the pinch of higher...