Clean Energy Jobs in Obama’s “Built to Last” Economic Policy

In a follow-up to U.S. President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address on January 24th, the White House released an economic statement which includes a section on creating clean energy jobs. “The President called on Congress to build on our success in positioning America to be the world’s leading manufacturer in high-tech batteries and reiterated his call for action on clean energy tax credits and a national goal of moving toward clean sources of electricity by setting a standard for utility companies, so that by 2035, 80% of the nation’s electricity will come from clean sources, including renewable energy sources like wind, solar, biomass, hydropower, nuclear power, efficient natural gas, and clean coal. Because Congress has not yet acted on this and other key steps to achieve a clean energy economy, the President announced that the Department of the Navy will make the largest renewable energy purchase in history – one gigawatt. In addition, the President is directing the Department of Interior to permit 10 gigawatts of renewables projects by the end of the year, enough to power three million homes.”

LINKS:

Blueprint for an America Built to Last economic statement at:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/blueprint_for_an_america_built_to_last.pdf

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