Washington: Visiting Buffalo in upstate New York, a city that has been badly hit by the current economic crisis, U.S. President Barack Obama did not repeat his “Buffalo to Bangalore” rhetoric but did say that Indians and Chinese buying more cars would put a lot pressure on fossil fuel.

Arguing in favour of using public transportation systems, Mr. Obama, at a rally in Buffalo, said mass transit systems were good for the environment.

“You're not always clear what's going on, but the long-term trend is just because countries like China — they're starting to buy cars and countries like India are starting to buy cars, and so the demand on petroleum and fossil fuels are going to be greater and greater — we've got to get a first-class transit system,” said the U.S. President.

“We don't have one right now. We used to be at the top. Now you've got China — they're building multiple high-speed rail lines all across the country, leaving us behind,” he said. — PTI