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.