WOODBURY - ? President Obama says it is critical to come up with new ideas to generate American-made energy in the face of rising gas prices. Obama spoke at the University of Miami in Florida this afternoon. Obama says while his administration supports new oil exploration, the country needs to also focus on alternatives to reduce oil consumption. The average cost of a gallon of gas in America is $3.61 a gallon. The price has hit the highest ever for this time of the year.