March 5th, 2010
01:04 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama ramps up push for energy-efficiency program


President Obama has previously touted wind power as a significant source of clean energy. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)

(CNN) - President Obama ratcheted up his administration's push for a clean energy agenda Friday, emphasizing the prospects for an economic recovery fueled by so-called green jobs.

"The jobs of tomorrow will be jobs in the clean energy sector," Obama said during a visit to a small business in Arlington, Virginia.

"That's why my administration's taking steps to support a thriving clean energy industry across this country."

Obama highlighted his proposed Home Star program, which was first outlined in the State of the Union address. The program would provide rebates to homeowners of up to $3,000 for making energy-efficient improvements to their houses. Customers would be eligible for direct rebates at the point of sale, according to the White House.

Among other things, the program would provide 50 percent rebates of up to $1,500 for simpler upgrades such the installation of better insulation, duct sealing, water heaters, windows, doors and roofing.

The $3,000 upgrade would be reserved for more comprehensive retrofits that include a whole home energy audit and retrofit designed to achieve 20 percent energy savings.

The White House has predicted that between 2 million and 3 million homeowners will participate in the program. Obama said this week the program also will help cut the construction industry's 25 percent unemployment rate.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Albert R. K. . L.A., CA

    If the Green Revolution is not American made, owned and operated then it will not help our economy but only put-off the inevitable loss of all American wealth to the global corporate economy. Already many global energy corporations have leased the rights to American lands where the winds blow and the most efficient wind turbines, like the best electric car fuel cells, the tallest buildings and fastest trains are built in other countries (which have universal health care) and buying such goods from them only continues the transfer of our middle-class wealth to the global corporate economy. This problem did not occur since Obama was elected. Obama was elected because this problem occured. This anti-American behavior of the past must be reversed! We need a "Green Revolution” but it must be “Made in America” and owner by Americans!

    March 5, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Sheena

    Can't this man stay tuned to one program at a time, Like economy and jobs, the most important thing to this country right now. Every day its a different agenda he is pushing. And he says he is overwhelmed, well if he would stop doing all this trivial crap and get down to business, he would'nt be. He has to have his hands in everything regarding the American People except the important ones.

    March 5, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Paul Ernest Show

    I hope the clean energy jobs would be enough to sustain the level of unemployment in the country today. WE need a vast, new creation of all sorts of industries to spurr serious job growth.

    March 5, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. jeff jackson, alabama

    I hope he consults with old T.Boone before
    he proceeds with the wind energy. There's
    a colossal expense in getting the energy from
    the wind mills to the cities.

    March 5, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Angus McDugan

    If it ain't nuclear then it isn't the future and it sure isn't GREEN!!!!!!!!!!

    Quit farting around with windmills which are the technology of the 1700's.

    March 5, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    About time... ....still a lingering is society going to incorporate 'clean energy' into the low income neighborhoods that have long been victims of the 'dirty energy'? These changes take bucks, which is hard to come by in the working class family areas...
    so either the tools for 'clean energy' have to become cheaper and there must be some way to provide this service (Ie HEAP programs? State energy programs ) for those of lower income. just sayin'

    March 5, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |

    Just whatever happened to those vitally important windmills that were needed in the northeast near Hyannis Port? Oh yeah, nixed by the loony libs and Kennedy. It's OK in YOUR backyard, but of course it can't be anywhere near theirs! BTW, hope you like YOUR Obamacare...

    March 5, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. File under "Sarcasm"

    Cash for caulkers is another money waster. Obama doesn't see any problem that throwing a couple billion dollars in free money at won't cure. Let's see, 3 million homes at $3000 dollars is 9 billion dollars; that ought to create or save at least at least a couple of thousand jobs by Obama's math.

    March 5, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Stacie

    @ Obama Victim – Do you?

    March 5, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Claude San Jose, Ca

    I installed solar panels on my house 5 years ago. My electricity bill is $5.00 a month which is the fee PG&E charges me to be hooked to the grid. These panels are warranted for up to 25 years but will last much longer. If only 20% of the country also installed these panels we would not need any new coal power plants.

    March 5, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Alfalfa

    Victim of GOP Taliban March 5th, 2010 1:58 pm ET

    Good it is about time. Enough of the talk about Nukes and drilling for dinosaur juice. We need an aggressive renewable energy policy. It's a no-brainer. Every building structure should have solar panels and wind turbines in America. We would never need to build crazy expensive and toxic nuke plants or import oil ever again.
    Hey no-brainer Victim, I am a civil engineer and I can tell you that the cost to install solar power on a house or commercial building far exceeds the cost benefit to the Owner. Why do you think no one does it, it is the cost. Wait I know your answer it is coming to me, government should subsidize it, right?

    March 5, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. ronny

    haha.....been a good little person....did all the right save on the old electrical bill..seems that a lot of folks had the same our electricity is going up...cause consumption is way i am going back to the old ways....leave the dam lights on....

    March 5, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Pat F

    Windmills – otherwise known as "Migratory Songbird Veg-a-Matics."

    March 5, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Victim of GOP Taliban

    You Republicans always are against any type of change and would prefer we be stuck in the past. In fact the GOP would prefer if we turned the clock back to 50 years and relive the the 1950's and McCarthyism fear mongering. Just say no to the Big Oil cartel and Nuke power.

    March 5, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. LacrosseMom

    Mike in MN, an answer to your questions:

    1. President Obama is not obsessed with "green jobs" but they are our future. He is working with Congress to give a generous tax break to companies big & small who hire.

    2. President Obama thinks the new job numbers are good, yes. Compared to the millions of jobs we were losing when he took Office in January of 2009, 36,000 is good. Also we are down from 10.2% unemployment to ..9.7%.... making head way. On January 26, 2009, what economists call "Bloody Monday" we lost ....over 654,000 jobs in one day! Things are much better!

    3. There have always been plenty of government jobs. Nothing new. Do some research. Watch the CNBC financial news.

    4. You repeat yourself in question #4.

    5. You say "you heard today" that families making $100k will get help with the Obama Healthcare? You are wrong, sir, please go to and READ FOR YOURSELF what the Healthcare Bill is about. There is a lot of misinformation.

    BTW WHY ask all these questions here? Inform yourself, don't just listen to Faux News & Limbaugh.

    March 5, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. archangel4

    I honestly don't see the "going green" to go anywhere fast. If people had the money to rebuild their house, they sure don't have it now. I'm going to rush right out and buy new windows for my house at 300 to 500 dollars a pop.How unrealistic can you be, when we don't even know if we will have a job tomorrow. But hey, things are looking so great, we only lost 36,000 jobs last month. Next month, maybe we will just lose 30,000. Then we can really celebrate, before all the taxes set in.........yeah!!!!!!

    March 5, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. archangel4

    I find it odd that no one talks about the batteries. You know, the ones that will store all the energy?I wonder what kind of solutions we will have, to having to buy 10, maybe 20 batteries, if not more, every 3 to 5 years.I won't even mention, what we are going to do with the old ones, when they are dead. But since our recycling systems are so good in America, I guess that will be another disaster, we will push into the future, as far as possible, so we can all pat ourself on the back, and strut around like a rooster, with its head cut off.

    March 5, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. archangel4

    Then there is the converter to turn the energy into A/C. There is more cost than people will admit. By the time you by the solar panels,wiring,converter,batteries,lightning protection, overcharge protection,fire supression system,and the other equipment needed to transfer power from battery to the system already in your house safely, your talking about allot of money.If I had money to burn like that,I wouldn't be lying awake at night, wondering how I am going to pay all these taxes.

    March 5, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Jin

    More of Obama fulfilling his campaign promises. The Republicans best jettison the right wingers while they can or they are in for another 40 year drought!!

    March 5, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. archangel4

    No one energy source is going to be plausible, for replacing the system we have now on its own.There is the problem with the after product with wind and wave technologies because of the batteries. Nuclear is dangerous to say the least but per household, offers a more pliable answer, because of not having to store the energy, and less waste, than batteries in every home.If we had systems that included all, even fossil fuel, for back-up, and when systems are overloaded we might be able to accomplish meeting our power needs.While, still cleaning up the enviroment, to where its better than today.But what worries me, is they have to be implemented with common sense, and expertise.Expecting to get that out of government is like trying to put a man on mars, with a really big sling-shot.

    March 5, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. M&M

    Obama...You're not listening!!!!

    March 5, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Ed

    Then why does he plan to give 4 billion dollars to build 2 nuclear power plants?

    March 5, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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