August 16th, 2010
01:25 PM ET
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Obama touts clean energy in Wisconsin visit

President Obama touted his administration's clean energy initiatives Monday in Wisconsin.
President Obama touted his administration's clean energy initiatives Monday in Wisconsin.

(CNN) - President Barack Obama touted his administration's clean energy initiatives Monday, saying tax credits and loans would help bring 800,000 jobs by 2012.

After touring the ZBB Energy Corporation plant in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Obama told workers that their jobs manufacturing renewable batteries and power systems were part of a necessary transition of the U.S. economy.

"We can't turn back. We've got to keep going forward," Obama said to applause, later adding: "You're pointing us in the right direction. And I am confident about our future because of what I have seen at this plant."

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  1. diridi

    just pass "Energy and Climate Reform", and talk...we need this reform...nation needs this desperately....

    August 16, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Gaylon Barrow THE UNBIASED TRUTH

    That would be fine if it would happen. But this man will tell you something completely different tomorrow. LIES.

    August 16, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Steve in Denver

    Ah, yes. Green energy. Those people in the picture are just props, everyone knows that green energy doesn't produce jobs. Wind farms and solar panels just magically appear, no one manufactures or erects them. And those windmills actually create polution (yes, some wing nuts actually say that).

    Just like government jobs. Everyone knows they aren't real jobs.

    Just ask the moronic right. If we ain't weakening our country to bring in more oil, we're killing jobs.

    August 16, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Keith in Austin

    So he is excited about the future because of the Union-workers he visited today in Menomonee Falls WI? Just another photo op and more of his unfounded bs!

    Why not look at what you have Today Barry? Your popularity is imploding because YOU have thrust your Liberal-spending agenda against the will of the American people and NO ONE is hiring because they fear your proposed taxes and government regulations coming!

    Get a clue and realize if America is to prosper, it will be because of the Private Sector and NOT your Socialistic intervention!

    August 16, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Eric

    "Green energy."

    See also: unicorns, leprechauns, fairies, pixies, elves and "jobs saved."

    Communist FAIL.

    August 16, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Batteries are not the way forward, folks. The way forward, is new energy sources, that do not consume themselves.

    August 16, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. More campaign trash

    Campaign chatter - time to tune out

    August 16, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Peter s

    How I wish America could have listened to Carter advice!
    " It was the speech that established the strategic petroleum reserve, birthed the modern solar power industry, led to the insulation of millions of American homes, and established America's first national energy policy. "With the exception of preventing war," said Jimmy Carter, a man of peace, "this is the greatest challenge our country will face during our lifetimes." He added: "It is a problem we will not solve in the next few years, and it is likely to get progressively worse through the rest of this century. "We must not be selfish or timid if we hope to have a decent world for our children and grandchildren. "We simply must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources. By acting now, we can control our future instead of letting the future control us." Carter bluntly pointed out that: "The most important thing about these proposals is that the alternative may be a national catastrophe. Further delay can affect our strength and our power as a nation." He called the new energy policy he was proposing, "[T]he 'moral equivalent of war' - except that we will be uniting our efforts to build and not destroy."

    AND HE WAS VERY RIGHT!!! but the lobbyist of the time won and thats the reason why we can't get our heads out of the OPEC, the cartel from Middle East which dictates how long you should drive and how much you should pay per mile! if oil addiction was like cocaine no one in the U.S could step out of rehab care

    August 16, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    I sure wish he would do something about real jobs. He has grown the Federal bureaucracy by 25%. Made sure the union executives are leading comfortable, cushy lives. Maybe he and the family can settle down and do something that actually benefits rather than hurts the American taxpayer now. Play fair with your citizens, like you do with Islamic extremists.

    August 16, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Enough

    Mr. Clueless out speaking to his fan friendly only audience. Too bad he doesn't have the guts to face "real" americans and the real problems we are facing. Enough of these staged speeches...meet with real people and do real interviews. Regrets for electing this weak, naive and divisive Campaigner in chief.

    August 16, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Von Bismark-Vienna

    And the GOP refrain:

    failed stimulus
    where are the jobs.

    At least the bleeding has been stopped.

    August 16, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Buster

    Yep, keep going to financial ruin which it seems to be nobummers goal.

    August 16, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Dave in OHIO

    Who in their right mind can believe this White House in predicting job growth when they have yet to be right on any previous forecast they've thrown out there. The guy makes speeches like he's in a movie and it's not important whether its true or not, it's more about him and what he knows best to do, make speeches.

    August 16, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. mj

    His real purpose to being there is POLITICING. Speech after speech touting jobs that are not there. BIOB rhetoric that is getting really old. Time for another vacation.

    August 16, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. GOP = Scorched-Earth Politics

    It's going to be a struggle to get the nation moving forward. Too many in Congress from both parties are sell-outs to the Big Oil lobby and their army of influence-peddlers that have infiltrated our judicial system and elected officials.

    August 16, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Mark from Louisiana

    What a joke. Do the math on how much money the company received and how many jobs will be created, it will make you sick. Only someone with no business experience could brag about this deal.

    August 16, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. rdepontb

    "Irreverisble Momentum"
    That's what GEN Shinseki said about his plan to redesign our military forces, to break away from massive contracts and their associated overruns, to move into the future because there was nowhere to turn back to. It was a most excellent concept, and it worked.

    Now the Republicans have unwittingly offered Democrats, indeed the entire nation, the same privilege. They have extended their slash-and-burn habits so much that there is practically not economy, no manufacturing base, not jobs base to go back to. Add education, health care, and real estate.

    We have a new slate. We MUST move forward, there is no turning back. What an excellent motivator this is for America.

    August 16, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |