Obama in State of the Union: We should boost renewables

Obama wants to continue big investments in renewables

President Obama is committed to taking responsible steps to address climate change, promote clean energy and energy efficiency, drive innovation, and ensure a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations

In his last State of the Union, US President Barack Obama pointed climate change.

“We’ve got to accelerate the transition away from dirty energy.”

In his speech, Obama used a positive voice about the strength of America.

‘Our unique strengths as a nation – our optimism and work ethic, our spirit of discovery and innovation, our diversity and commitment to the rule of law – these things give us everything we need to ensure prosperity and security for generations to come.”

4 big issues

He spoke ‘four big issues that the country needs to answer “Regardless of who the next President is, or who controls the next Congress.”
One of those four issues he mentioned is Climate Change (besides the next economy, global security and an improvement of the political climate).

“How do we make technology work for us, and not against us – especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?”

The full passage from the State of the Union on climate change

“(…) Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You’ll be pretty lonely, because you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and superintendents to solve it.
But even if the planet was not at stake; even if 2014 was not the warmest year on record – until 2015 turned out even hotter – why would we want to pass up the chance for American businesses to produce and sell the energy of the future?

Seven years ago, we made the single biggest investment in clean energy in our history. Here are the results.

  • In fields from Iowa to Texas, wind power is now cheaper than dirtier, conventional power
  • On rooftops from Arizona to New York, solar is saving Americans tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills
  • The renewable business employs more Americans than coal – in jobs that pay better than average
  • We’re taking steps to give homeowners the freedom to generate and store their own energy – something environmentalists and Tea Partiers have teamed up to support.
  • Meanwhile, we’ve cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly sixty percent
  • And cut carbon pollution more than any other country on Earth
  • Gas under two bucks a gallon is not bad, either

Now we’ve got to accelerate the transition away from dirty energy. Rather than subsidize the suit, shouldering we invest in the future – especially in communities That rely on fossil fuels.

That’s why I’m going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet.

That way, we put money back into those communities and put tens of thousands of Americans to work building a 21st century transportation system.

None of this will happen overnight, and yes, there are plenty of entrenched interests who want to protect the status quo. But the jobs we’ll create, the money we’ll save, and the planet we’ll preserve – that’s the child or our future kids and grandkids deserve.

Climate change is just one of many issues where our security is linked to the rest of the world. (…)

The progress the USA made on climate change

  • America is leading the fight against climate change with the most ambitious global climate agreement ever
  • We took America’s biggest step ever to combat climate change, which will cut carbon pollution from power plants by 32% by 2030
  • Americans will save nearly $8,000 at the pump in 2025 thanks to doubling the fuel efficiency of our cars and light trucks


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