Obama touts clean energy in weekly address
May 7th, 2011
09:49 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama touts clean energy in weekly address

(CNN)-President Barack Obama promoted clean energy for the third week in a row during his weekly address Saturday.

Speaking from Allison Transmissions, described as a clean energy company, Obama again emphasized the importance of clean energy investment and its impact on job creation.

"Even as the economy is growing after one of the worst recessions in our history; even as we've added more than 2 million new private sector jobs over the past 14 months; I still meet and hear from Americans struggling to get out of their own personal recessions," he said.

"The clean energy jobs at this plant are the jobs of the future," he added.

The president observed that "paychecks aren't keeping up with the rising costs for everything from tuition to groceries to gas," but declared that there's "not a day that goes by that I'm not focused on your jobs, your hopes and your dreams."

For Obama, clean energy is also part of the "ultimate solution" to high gas prices. Citing no "quick fixes" he said, "We're doing everything we can to boost safe and responsible oil production here at home" in the short term.

"But over the long term, the only way we can avoid being held hostage to the ups and downs of oil prices is if we reduce our dependence on oil," which means an investment in "clean alternative sources of energy like advanced biofuels and natural gas," the president stated.

According to Obama, investment in clean energy is a way to "win the future" and remain competitive with other countries. He also would not approve cuts to clean energy funding as a means of battling the budget deficit because, "I refuse to cut investments that are making it possible for plants like this one to grow and add jobs across America."

"We can do this," the president said.

"I don't just believe that because I see it happening in plants like this. I believe that because I believe in the Americans making it happen in places like this."

Freshman Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts struck a different tone and weighed in on the death of Osama bin Laden during the GOP weekly address.

Calling bin Laden "a teacher of evil" for whom "the lesson is over," Brown stated, "Bin Laden's killing was the result of coordinated efforts going back many years."

He credited the success of the mission in Pakistan with "patient intelligence gathering begun long before," including "the work of a military that is second to none," and President Obama's predecessor.

Citing a "pledge" by President George W. Bush to handle "those who harm or threaten the American people" on "our own terms, however long it takes," Brown said of Bush, "He kept [the pledge] in seven years of relentless, decisive action … in the case of bin Laden, it fell to President Obama to give the final order."

"It was a fine moment for our commander-in-chief and our country," he said.

Commending the "skill" and "special courage" of the U.S. military, Brown, himself a member of the Army National Guard, cautioned that the war on terror continues.

He acknowledged gains made in Afghanistan due to last year's troop surge, but said, "We must ensure Afghanistan does not once again become a sanctuary for terrorists."

The senator called operation against bin Laden a lesson that "our patient commitment to even the hardest objectives will be rewarded."

"It's always a mistake to bet against American resourcefulness and determination," Brown said. "These qualities led us to the man who started this war."

"They will lead us to victory in that war. And as always, the credit will belong to the skill and raw courage of the armed forces of the United States of America," he said.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I really do wish that people in power would go along with this. I am the daughter of a steel manufacturer. Dad sent the plant to Mexico. We need energy jobs here. Green energy. I would love to see Wind Turbines off my beach here in Florida then I would oil derricks. This is the "Sunshine State". Most of the street lights on the road through Alligator Alley have solar panels on them. We could mass produce them there and have them on every house. I know I would invest in one!

    May 7, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. KatR

    America is not defined by how many wars we are victorious in. Our President has already moved forward on other issues but the GOP seems stuck in the glory of war. If they had their way America would be a country run by the military. Thank God for an intelligent, multi-tasking President leading us forward.

    May 7, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. GI Joe

    We're spoiled. We think we can whine and get low prices on everything. NEWS FLASH. We're being manipulated by foreigners, wall street and our politicians. Take gas to $5 a gallon and watch how fast alternative energy takes root. The republicans won't allow it. They have to have dirty industries (Koch brothers' wealth) or they can't put out their hate, fear, negative propaganda.

    DRIVE LESS or get a car with better gas mileage until we MOVE AHEAD. We have 2% of the oil in the world and use 25%. DUH !!

    May 7, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. tRoBb

    How did they go from clean energy to terrorism? There wasnt even a segway. Very poor writing.

    May 7, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |