Macon, Missouri (CNN) - President Barack Obama donned a hard hat and goggles Wednesday to tour an ethanol plant in Missouri, then touted biofuel production and other alternative energy sources to free the United States from dependence on foreign oil.
On the second day of his two-day swing through Iowa, Missouri and Illinois, Obama told workers at the POET Biorefining plant in Macon that their work creates a stronger economy for the nation and their own community.
The president noted that tough economic conditions in Midwestern states have made it harder for middle-class Americans to get by, and have caused young people to move away due to a lack of opportunity.
He said the success story at the POET plant proves "that doesn't have to be the case."
"Here at POET, I believe that you're doing more than just helping stake America's claim on our future," Obama said. "I'm here to make sure that communities like this one have a bright future of opportunity going forward."
The POET Biorefining plant in Macon produced its first ethanol in 2000, Obama noted.
Today, the plant purchases 16 million bushels of corn from 650 farmers in the region to produce 46 million gallons of ethanol, along with 140,000 tons of high protein animal feed sold to area farmers and 94,000 tons of carbon dioxide - C02 - that is sold to soft drink companies, food processors, water treatment facilities and others, according to information provided by the White House.
Later Wednesday, Obama will discuss Wall Street reform during an appearance in Quincy, Illinois.
Thank you, President Obama for touring the Country and giving people inspiration and telling them they are doing a good job. We need you to continue this course of action. You are on the right track. Keep at it and we will support you (and the Dems.) in 2010 and 2012. God Bless You, and God Bless the United States of America (as you always say when you end one of your speeches to the people).
He don't look bad at all. He reminds me of them OSHA guys that used to come to my job site, unless you tell them something is wrong they wont know nothing at all.
For those of you whiney-nags complaining about President Obama not really being "a man of the people" I have a question for you. Do you think G.W. Bush was/is a "man of the people"? He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth "sired by" (to use a term the tea-pee'ers like to throw around about our current POTUS) a man who didn't even know what scan codes are at the grocery store.
That is also because Odumbo pushed the HC bill for over a year when he should have been pushing a working jobs bill.
Did all of you know that the federal goverment gives the end user of the ethanol a tax credit of 4.5 cents a gallon when blended with gas?
Think about it, 10,000 gallons of gas blended with 1000 gallons of ethanol, thats 9,000 gallons gas plus 1,000 gallons of ethanol= 10,000 gallons.
Instead of just giving tax credit on the 1,000 gallons of ethanol the goverment gives you or takes from us 4.5 cent a gallon on the whole 10,000 gallons. Thats 450.00 dollars a load, doesnt sound like that much does it. The USA uses about 250 millon gallons a day. I will add it for you: 250,000,000 x 4.5 cent = 11,250,000 a day the goverment is spending to help create the ethanol.
How about this 11,250,000 x 365 days a year= 4,106,250,000
Hummmm still love this goverment, Odumbo is coming for your wallet one way or the other folks.
By the way the tax credit for E-85 is 38.5 cent a gallon, gotta love it
I beleive he is even under qualified for that job.................
Jimbo (The real one) April 28th, 2010 4:33 pm ET
I have a newsflash for Hugo, Steve (The real one), Four and the Door and all the other GOP/Tea Bag "puppets" on these forums. No matter what you do or say, President Obama will be OUR President for three (and most likely) seven more years so you had better plan on keeping your hate filled, racist, teabagging angst going for at least that long, or join the majority and try and make this country better
Fell free to point out any hate or racism in any of my posts! That is unless you consider disagreement to be hatred and racism. "Teabagging" angst sound an aweful lot like hatred to me!
Yes, Rickster, drill baby spill!
obama is such an idiot. It takes more energy to make ethanol than you get from the finished product. It drives up the price of corn. When you mix it with gasoline your fuel mileage drops. He must be getting some huge campaign donations from the ethanol folks.
America has enough natural gas to provide our power and fuel for hundreds of years, why won't this idiot consider that?
I prefer him in a suit, but he's cute in anything!! LOL.
The lack of intelligence on some of the responses speaks more of the writers than President Obama. You wear hard hats in areas where there is a safety risk. It is an OSHA requirement. Obviously, some of you must have forgotten yours some time in the past.
Tony in Florida April 28th, 2010 4:47 pm ET
Still more qualified than ever than sarah palin half term governor making around $100,000/year and then dumping her state and people to go make 12 million last year ...apparently palin an addictive college dropout/switcher is more qualified than a Harvard constituitional law professor, and senator....and you wonder why Democrats think the average Republican is a Dunce!!!
He thought he was going to a MENTHOL plant.
Instead of complaining about what this idiot looks like why are we not demanding that instead of giving tax breaks to rich people and bailing out automakers and banks he do something for the people of this country ? I am all for us getting off foreign oil and putting our people in Mid America back to work and as we produce more oil then we set aside r& d monies to provide an alternative .But statr here with the people first.
Obama has done more in one year than George W did in eight. Finally, a president with a brain.