He can put you in a Chevy Volt for a rock-bottom price.

(E2 Wire) — President Obama urged the public Thursday to think about trading in their SUVs for more fuel-efficient vehicles, arguing that gas-guzzlers keep the country dependent on foreign oil.

“When you do decide to buy a new car, think about that we’re putting a whole bunch of money into the pockets of some folks who do not like us at all,” Obama said in remarks at a town-hall meeting in Reno, Nev., referring to oil-producing countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Obama noted, however, that not all Americans can afford to buy a new car.

As gas prices continue to rise, Obama has made reducing the country’s dependence on foreign oil a major part of his administration’s domestic policy agenda.

In a speech last month, Obama laid out a goal of reducing the country’s oil imports by one-third by 2025. As part of the pledge, the administration is partnering with major U.S. companies to transition their vehicle fleets to electric and hybrid vehicles.

During his remarks in Nevada, Obama touted his administration’s beefed-up vehicle fuel-efficiency standards, as well as plans to put 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 and to switch the federal fleet to alternative vehicles.

“It turns out, as president, I’ve got a lot of cars in my fleet,” Obama said. “What we’ve said is, let’s make our fleet 100 percent alternative-fuel cars.”

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