April 27th, 2010
02:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama pushes wind power in Iowa visit

President Obama visited a Siemens wind turbine plant in Iowa on Tuesday.
President Obama visited a Siemens wind turbine plant in Iowa on Tuesday.

Fort Madison, Iowa (CNN) - President Barack Obama took his renewable energy push to the heartland Tuesday, trumpeting the merits of wind power during a visit to the state that launched him on the road to the White House a little over two years ago.

Obama's visit to the Siemens wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Fort Madison, Iowa, was the latest stop in his "White House to Main Street" tour - part of the president's pitch to middle-class workers hurt by the economic downturn.

"Lately, we've been able to report some welcome news after a hard two years. Our economy is finally growing again," Obama told workers at the plant.

But "times are still tough for middle-class Americans, who had been swimming against the current for years before the economic tidal wave hit."

While in Iowa, the president also is scheduled to tour a local business in Mount Pleasant and host a town hall meeting at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.

At each stop, Obama is slated to meet with workers, farmers, small-business owners, and local leaders "to share ideas for continuing to grow the economy and to put Americans back to work," the White House said in a news release.

"The country that leads the clean energy economy will be the country that leads the 21st century global economy," Obama said. "I don't accept second place for the United States of America. That's why our energy security has been a top priority for my administration since the day I took office."

The president cited his controversial $862 billion economic stimulus plan, which passed over solid GOP opposition early last year. The measure helped reverse the economic downturn and will create or save more than 700,000 jobs by 2012, he claimed.

It will do so in part by funding larger investments in renewable energy projects, according to the administration. Obama claimed that, if the proper investments are made, wind could generate up to 20 percent of America's energy two decades from now.

"Wind power isn't the silver bullet that will solve all our energy challenges," he said. "There isn't one. But it is a key part of a comprehensive strategy to move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels to
one that relies on more homegrown fuels and clean energy."

Republicans have repeatedly slammed the economic stimulus plan, characterizing it as a pork-laden bill that failed to prevent unemployment from rising.

Obama is scheduled to spend Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa, resting up for stops Wednesday in Illinois and Missouri.

–CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    if anyone knows about wind,,,,it is Obozo

    April 27, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Steph

    Wind and solar power, baby! Clean, safe, renewable energy. I doubt we'll have any major wind farm disasters like the oil rig explosion that still leaking and polluting the gulf coast. You can see that mess from space!!!

    April 27, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Fed Up

    Let's get real, Obama is out there pushing for wind power, when in reality nobody wants those big ugly windmills in their backyard. Destroying our beauty with those isn't the solution, neither are any of Obamas pork filled stimulus projects. Keep Obama off that constant campaign jet and we won't need all these over priced, over rated "green" projects.

    April 27, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Bob in PA

    Conserve some energy, stay in DC for a change.

    The man wants to cut the deficit but the only place he is willing to start is with my wallet, then my car, and my house isn't far behind.

    April 27, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Lynn

    Where's the Tea Party? Where the outrage of Wall St greed? This proves the Tea Party is just a political arm of the GOP.

    GOP= outrage over government
    Tea Party= outrage over government
    GOP= ok with Wall St greed
    Tea Party= ok with Wall St greed

    "Birds of a feather, flock together"

    April 27, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Enough

    "Our economy is finally growing again".........nice try Obama, but we aren't buying the fairy tale you are selling. Obamas failed stimulus bills have done nothing for this economy, except further bankrupt us and 2012 can't get here fast enough to stop the bankrupting of America.....if it isn't too late.

    April 27, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Eric in Denver

    CAn somebody let the president know that the most important issue that Americans are struggling with is jobs!!! You can try to sell your cap and tax and energy policies later Mr. President. You have done nothing to help jobs and have instead put us in an economic freefall.

    April 27, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Four and the Door

    The only wind in Iowa is coming out of Obamas mouth. This man needs to quit his blame game and accept responsibility for the disaster he is creating for generations to come.

    April 27, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yes and STOP manufacturing all the wind / solar parts in China! We need to do this now and make all the parts in the USA. What good is energy "independence" if we are 100% on China commie-subsidized slave labor?

    April 27, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Obama pushes wind power in Iowa visit"

    How appropriate–just one Obama speech, all by itself, supplies enough hot air to power an average town for a week. That being all this loser of a president is good for, maybe he could spend the last two years of his term travelling around, making speeches, and contributing mightily to the nation's power grid.

    April 27, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. doug

    From where all the ticker lib socialists are posting from, Obama talking about wind could lead to a great deal of discomfort for them, holding their nose wont be enough!

    April 27, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Coaster

    The only thing Obama is pushing is Obama. And I'm a Democrat. This guy has not a consistent policy on anything, including energy. Obama also pushes off-shore drilling and building more nuclear power plants, even though both of these energy sources threaten the environment. I don't think Obama knows how much water it takes to run one plant. As for off-shore drilling, well, we all see how that works.

    The country needs a comprehensive energy policy that reduces our dependence on oil...period. And since we can't seem to figure out what to do with waste of existing nucear power plants, why would this guy push building more? Oh yeah. I forgot. Campaign contributions.

    Obama is pushing one thing and one thing only: Barack Obama. Always has been, always will be. With all his talk about change, he is remarkably like most of thse before him.

    April 27, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Obama the liar

    Just stay there 'bama and they will have all the hot air wind power they will need.

    April 27, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Future expat

    Watch as GOPers all of a sudden turn into fierce critics of wind power.

    April 27, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Terry from West Texas

    It's too bad we didn't listen to Jimmy Carter about alternative energy sources 30 years ago. We wouldn't be in this oil predicament. But, Americans didn't want to hear it and they didn't want to drive 55 mph, so they elected an affable old codger named Reagan who managed to accomplish nothing but to double the national debt during good years when we could have been paying the debt down.

    If Conservatives have their way, we'll do it again. We'll elect a not-very-smart Conservative like Palin who will double the debt again without accomplishing anything.

    April 27, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. ib

    That is one thing Obama knows a lot about; wind power he's full of it.

    April 27, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Welcome to Oblahblah's Banana Republic

    If anyone knows how to blow hot air it's the Man-Child Oblahblah. Pathetic excuse for America's President!!

    April 27, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Beverly H Tatum

    That's a great idea for new energy technology in a midwest state where wind would create a whole new industry and more jobs for the future.

    It's great President Obama is staying focused on the needs of the PEOPLE – like healthcare, bank reform, immigration reform, mine and other worker safety.

    All Republicans are focus on is their rich white corrupt corporate buddies. They have obstructed ALL legislation to help America this year. NO to stopping insurance abuse. NO to stopping corrupt banking practices. NO to stopping usury by credit card companies. NO to immigration reform. NO on all women's issues, including equal pay (like Walmart is now being sued by 1M employees for) and on and on.

    Republicans are AGAINST the People and we need to get these traitors out of office and real leaders who will SERVE the PEOPLE into office in November. Let's stand up for making the PEOPLE the priority and for the Party who DELIVERS for the PEOPLE – the Democrats!

    April 27, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Observer

    What a joke, this guy is looking for votes when he cant even uphold the laws of the constitution or wont, he wont protect the people of Arizona, he keeps adding on more taxes to break this country and he wants votes for him and his crooks, he must be crazy or loco.

    April 27, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Matt

    Obama is doing his personal best to support wind power by not shutting up and constantly telling us what to do. You could power a small city just by all the talk and hot air coming from Obama.

    April 27, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. MJ

    Obama is most certainly full of wind. Why no comments on his latest infomercial? Appealing to blacks, women, Latinos, and ACORN sign-ups. No reporting, as well, that the White House received information stating that Health Care Insurance costs will rise as a result of this Obama Health Care (prior to the vote), but it was silenced. Just what is the media trying (not) to do? Obama will force us into a socialistic society and take away as much as possible and tax us into poverty and have the Government run every aspect of our lives. No mention of the VAT that is now under serious consideration. Wake up America!!

    April 27, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. terry,va

    Maybe one of Obummie's windmills will blow him to Kansas where he can see the wizard and pick up some courage and brains.

    April 27, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Dan

    Wind Power, yes the power to make a lot of hot air, an Obama expertise!

    April 27, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    re: Bennet

    "Doesn't this show that this year incumbent are under attack, not a particular party?"

    Sorry, but not even close. It shows the exact opposite. The GOP has adopted the Hitlerian/Bolshevik model of party purification and demanding absolute uncompromising party loyalty (irrespective of your own conscience or beliefs) while moving in a decidedly extreme right wing direction. What it represents is not anti-incumbent fever, but rather the GOP's response every time Dems take the WH and/or Congress: divide and conquer. The GOP wants there to be NO MIDDLE GROUND. It wants Americans to be faced with a choice and to choose sides like this is tribal warfare. It wants no compromise or moderation whatsoever. Their plan is to move themselves further right...MUCH further right...while screaming that Obama and the Dems are "radical leftist extremists" in an attempt to create the illusion that this is so simply because by comparison to how far right the GOP has moved, the gap between them on the political spectrum will look all the wider. The GOP's sheep follow not realizing they themselves are moving to the right of where they used to be...all the while thinking they haven't moved...that the world went suddenly and incomprehensibly leftist on them. Meanwhile, the Dems have pretty much stayed put...slight left of center for th emost part...maybe even moving slightly right of where they'd like to be by trying to compromise, doing things like axing the public option without even trying to get it done at all. So no, this Bennet and Crist taking the shaft does not show anti-incumbent fever. It shows that the GOP is purging the heretics inquisition-style in order to clear away any middle ground, further separate the parties and thereby further divide America, paint the issues more starkly black and white and, it hopes, consolidate and solidify its base and power while gaining new "converts" who would rather be a far right extremist than have anything to do with compromise, moderation or "leftism" (i.e., what is really the center). The nonsense about "socialism" and "communism" and the rest of it was all part of the tactic of painting the Dems as the ones who have shifted.

    April 27, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |