Solar Energy Obama
March 22, 2012 by staff
Solar Energy Obama, President Obama visited the nation’s largest solar panel plant in Boulder City, Nev., Wednesday, touting the state as a pioneer in clean energy, while promoting his “all-of-the-above” energy agenda on a four-state tour.
Speaking at the Copper Mountain Solar 1 power plant, a massive field of photovoltaic solar panels in the Nevada desert, Obama talked about diversifying energy sources in the U.S.
“I’ll be talking about what we’re calling an all-of-the-above energy strategy–all of the above,” Obama told a crowd gathered in Boulder City, CNN reported. “A strategy that relies on producing more oil and gas here in America, but also more biofuels, more fuel-efficient cars, more wind power and, as you can see, a whole lot more solar power.”
The president’s energy policy tour comes as criticism from Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail mounts over rising gas prices. Obama defended his diversified energy strategy and specifically addressed critics of alternative and clean energy investments.
“Some of these folks want to dismiss the promise of solar power and wind power and fuel-efficient cars,” he said, CNN reported. “In fact, they make jokes about it. One member of Congress who shall remain unnamed called these jobs ‘phony’–called them phony jobs. I mean, think about that mindset, that attitude that says because something is new, it must not be real. If these guys were around when Columbus set sail, they’d be charter members of the Flat Earth Society.”
“These politicians need to come to Boulder City and see what I’m seeing,” Obama said, the Las Vegas Sun reported.
Obama acknowledged the spike in gas prices and the need for domestic oil and gas production, but emphasized his intention to end federal subsidies for the petroleum industry, which he views as receiving unnecessary preferential treatment given its profitability.
“We want to encourage production of oil and gas, and make sure that wherever we’ve got American resources, we are tapping into them,” the president said, CNN reported. “But they don’t need an additional incentive when gas is $3.75 a gallon, when oil is $120 a barrel, $125 a barrel. They don’t need additional incentives. They’re doing fine.”
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