25 Jan 2011

Obama asking for 80% of America’s electricity from ‘clean energy’ by 2035

Written by Jim Pierobon

And 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015?

We all heard President Obama lay out his ‘ask’ during tonight’s (January 25) State of the Union address. Without a fresh plan, new-age thinking by Congress and incentives for private companies to make cleaner energy, this is likely to be yet another request DOA.

The President bids again for cleaner energy. Image credit: The Washington Post

Said Obama:

“With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have 1 million vehicles on the road by 2015.

“We need to get behind this innovation. and to help pay for it, I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we current give to oil companies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s.

“Now, clean energy breakthroughs will only translate into clean energy jobs if businesses know there will be a market for what they’re selling. So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: by 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources.

“Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all — and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen.”

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