State Of The Union 2012:
January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
For those of you who didn’t see President Obama’s 3rd State Of The Union Address last night, here’s a link to read it. Among the multitude of policies, promises, and dreams that were discussed last night, it should stand as a testament to how our country is changing for the better that a major chunk of time was devoted to environmental and energy policy. Though the official statistics are not in yet, it is clear that this year’s focus dwarves last year’s speech, during which only 3 sentences – less than 1% of the speech – revolved around the environment.
So what did Obama say, and how will it affect us? According to Obama, “nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy.” And he is most certainly right. Now yes, he did suggest the expansion of American oil drilling. But oil can be cleaner, and is being made in ways much less damaging to the environment than ever before. And by bringing the oil industry back to America – experts predict that we will no longer need foreign oil by the end of the decade – we won’t be destroying the environment trying to transport it all over the world anymore.
Obama also suggests the increasing of our natural gas collection, with strict disclosure regulations to go along with it. He believes that “[t]he development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy.” So long as it’s regulated, we can reap the benefits of this tremendous natural resource.
And there’s more:
“I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here. We’ve subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough.
It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that rarely has been more profitable and double down on a clean energy industry that never has been more promising. Pass clean-energy tax credits. Create these jobs.”
Obama made it clear – oil and natural gas are not the only options America has. We have the technology, the space and the workforce necessary to collect massive amounts of solar and wind energy. And Obama’s not going to wait for Congress to act on this – if they act on it at all, at the rate they’ve been going. He’s decided that it’s time to take matters into his own hands:
“I’m directing my administration to allow the development of clean energy on enough public land to power 3 million homes. And I’m proud to announce that the Department of Defense, working with us, the world’s largest consumer of energy, will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history, with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year.”
And oh yea, he doesn’t stop there. Obama wants to help manufactures waste less energy and therefore waste less money, creating new jobs, and not only preserving our standard of living, but improving it. He claims that this is our great project public works project, like those during the Depression, and after World War II. And by clearing away red tape and bad regulations, this will be easier than ever before.
We got rid of one rule from 40 years ago that could have forced some dairy farmers to spend $10,000 a year proving that they could contain a spill, because milk was somehow classified as an oil. With a rule like that, I guess it was worth crying over spilled milk.
- Obama Responds To Solyndra Attacks: ‘I Will Not Walk Away From The Promise Of Clean Energy’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Blog – Obama Turns to Fossil Fuels (technologyreview.com)
- Obama calls for more offshore oil drilling (content.usatoday.com)
- Clean Energy and the State of the Union (blogher.com)
- Obama stands by energy initiatives (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)