The President’s State of the Union address highlighted a call to rebuild the nation’s economy with investments in green energy.
The New York Times wrote:
President Barack Obama made a big push for clean energy Tuesday, saying the nation should develop 80% of its electricity from clean sources by 2035…
The article continued:
The prime-time focus on clean energy underscores the White House’s belief that domestic production of wind, solar and other types of clean energy—as well as innovative technologies that make them cheaper and more reliable—could provide jobs in a weak economy and reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.
This week, the President and his Administration have mounted a full court press for renewable energy investment, including a call to back small businesses that drive private sector investment in the sector.
In The Hill, a reporter notes:
The White House is organizing a series of events in the coming weeks to sell the energy agenda President Obama laid out in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and other administration officials will meet with business owners at an event Monday where the White House will launch its “Startup America” campaign. The initiative will focus on “promoting high-growth entrepreneurship across the country with new initiatives to help encourage private sector investment in job-creating startups, accelerate research, and address barriers to success for entrepreneurs and small businesses,” according to the White House.
These calls mirror those from newly-installed Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber who has called for rebuilding Oregon’s economy – and especially that of rural Oregon – with renewable energy investments.
John Kitzhaber spoke to the combined House and Senate and all of Oregon yesterday as he began his historic third term as Governor. Following the Senate President and BOTH House Speakers, he spoke of his commitment to work with all Oregonians to lift the state back into renewed growth and long term prosperity.
Particularly heartening for many was his commitment to improving the economies of rural Oregon communities. On this point, he said:
I strongly support one of the central goals of the Oregon Business to create an average of 25,000 jobs a year through 2020 and to increase Oregon’s per capita personal income to a level above the national average. And we must work hard to increase jobs and incomes throughout the state and for all Oregonians. It is important to recognize that adding 18 jobs in Coos Bay will have the same impact on that community as adding 500 jobs in Portland. Rural incomes need to grow as fast as metro incomes… I will use the full power of the Governor’s office to make this aggressive goal a reality and I want — and expect — to be held accountable by the citizens of Oregon for making significant progress during my term.
The full text of his remarks is available here.
On January 7, Oregon Public Broadcasting aired the results of a poll showing overwhelming support for wind power in Oregon.
Pollster Su Midghall asked 1,200 people across Oregon, Idaho and Washington how they would feel if the enormous turbines were erected near their homes.
Su Midghall: “An overwhelming percentage – 80% actually of residents of rural areas of the Northwest — support wind farms being developed within sight of their homes. What’s more interesting is that 50% strongly — not just somewhat — but strongly support this.”
The numbers were even higher in urban areas.
A link to the story is here.
We welcome Governor Kitzhaber to office and wish him and the Legislature the best in dealing with the $3.5billion deficit and many other challenges facing Oregon. The good news for them is that they can rest assured the region strongly supports their goals of rebuilding Oregon’s economy with renewable energy and green jobs.