DETROIT (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says U-S energy policy must change in order to help domestic automakers answer the rising global demand for fuel-efficient vehicles.
The Illinois Democrat is in Detroit today for a speech to business and political leaders on how he would work to revive the U-S auto industry and change America's energy policies.
According to a text of his remarks, Obama said he wants to encourage domestic automakers to make fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles by giving them health care assistance for retirees. His plan also would require automakers to invest half of their health care savings into technology to produce those vehicles.
Obama also added that the "age of oil" must end -- for the sake of U-S security, the economy and the planet.