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Obama Plans To Fund Clean Energy, Develop Energy-Efficient Buildings

State of the Union 2013

In President Obama’s state of the union address, he made several promising statements about the future of education, healthcare, jobs, and even clean technology. Yes, a United States president is finally advocating clean technology, and he made sure to point out that party politics should not make it a controversial issue.

“Tonight, I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good,” he said in his speech. “Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America,” he pointed out, bringing light to the fact that the U.S. is starting to stake a claim in global the clean technology industry.

President Obama also brought up the “natural gas boom,” which he says has led to “cleaner power and greater energy independence.” He assured that his administration will continue “cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits” while working with Congress to “encourage the research and technology that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and water.”

He also called on the American people to help cut our energy waste from homes and businesses in half over the next twenty years, constructing more energy-efficient buildings and encouraging job creation in the clean energy field.

Now that he has mentioned some solid goals in the State of the Union, President Obama has made it clear that he is prepared to be held accountable for making this happen. Do you think these goals are realistic and attainable, or will partisan politics still get in the way of  clean technology progress?

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