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Obama says drilling must be part of larger plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Barack Obama said he was not happy that Congress allowed the long-standing moratorium on offshore drill to expire without producing a comprehensive energy plan.

“I’m not thrilled with it simply lapsing as a consequence of inaction without broader thought to how we are going to achieve energy independence and reduce our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels,” Obama said at a press conference naming key energy nominations for his administration.

Obama said he is open to offshore drilling as a part of larger energy package.

Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Marguerita Choy

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