Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:27 PM
XemaSab (58,605 posts)
The environmental portion of the State of the Union speech
Nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy. Over the last three years, weíve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, Iím directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources. Right now, American oil production is the highest that itís been in eight years. Thatís right Ė eight years. Not only that Ė last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past sixteen years.
But with only 2 percent of the worldís oil reserves, oil isnít enough. This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy Ė a strategy thatís cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.
We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy. Experts believe this will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade. And Iím requiring all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use. America will develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk.
The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we donít have to choose between our environment and our economy. And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of thirty years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock Ė reminding us that Government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground.
Whatís true for natural gas is true for clean energy. In three years, our partnership with the private sector has already positioned America to be the worldís leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries. Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled. And thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.
When Bryan Ritterby was laid off from his job making furniture, he said he worried that at 55, no one would give him a second chance. But he found work at Energetx, a wind turbine manufacturer in Michigan. Before the recession, the factory only made luxury yachts. Today, itís hiring workers like Bryan, who said, ďIím proud to be working in the industry of the future.Ē
Our experience with shale gas shows us that the payoffs on these public investments donít always come right away. Some technologies donít pan out; some companies fail. But I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy. I will not walk away from workers like Bryan. 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 have subsidized oil companies for a century. Thatís long enough. Itís time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry thatís rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry thatís never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs.
We can also spur energy innovation with new incentives. The differences in this chamber may be too deep right now to pass a comprehensive plan to fight climate change. But thereís no reason why Congress shouldnít at least set a clean energy standard that creates a market for innovation. So far, you havenít acted. Well tonight, I will. Iím directing my Administration to allow the development of clean energy on enough public land to power three million homes. And Iím proud to announce that the Department of Defense, the worldís largest consumer of energy, will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history Ė with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year.
Of course, the easiest way to save money is to waste less energy. So hereís another proposal: Help manufacturers eliminate energy waste in their factories and give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings. Their energy bills will be $100 billion lower over the next decade, and America will have less pollution, more manufacturing, and more jobs for construction workers who need them. Send me a bill that creates these jobs.
Building this new energy future should be just one part of a broader agenda to repair Americaís infrastructure. So much of America needs to be rebuilt. Weíve got crumbling roads and bridges. A power grid that wastes too much energy. An incomplete high-speed broadband network that prevents a small business owner in rural America from selling her products all over the world.
During the Great Depression, America built the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge. After World War II, we connected our States with a system of highways. Democratic and Republican administrations invested in great projects that benefited everybody, from the workers who built them to the businesses that still use them today.
In the next few weeks, I will sign an Executive Order clearing away the red tape that slows down too many construction projects. But you need to fund these projects. Take the money weíre no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home.
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The environmental portion of the State of the Union speech (Original post)
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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:20 PM
wtmusic (39,157 posts)
1. The first draft of the fracking part went something like this.
"Iím requiring all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use. If those chemicals seep into the groundwater we all use, WTF can I do about it? And if they're drilling on their own land, WTF can I do about that either? Just freakin' BACK OFF, ok?"