President Obama mentioned solar and wind energy, along with energy efficiency and increased oil production, in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.
We believed we could reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our planet. And today, America is number one in oil and gas. America is number one in wind power. Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save $750 at the pump.”
In a separate part of the speech, the president alluded to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. He contrasted the need for overall infrastructure improvements with the urgency that so many Republican politicians have attached to the pipeline, which would carry Canadian tar sands oil to Gulf Coast refineries and ports.
Twenty-first century businesses need 21st century infrastructure — modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest Internet. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on this. So let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.
Greentech Media offers some background on the president and clean energy.