Energy Plays a Big Part in the State of the Union

February 25, 2009

As  reported in Huffington Post Green

Last night’s State of the Union speech held no real surprises for environmentally-minded watchers. The president sounds like he’s ready for, well, change — and a cap-and-trade bill.

Joe Romm recapped the energy-related portions of the speech at ClimateProgress:

Yet he made clear that even in these darkest of times — indeed, especially in these darkest of times — we must make clean energy a top priority, we must address our dependence on oil, and we must “save our planet from the ravages of climate change” if we are to remain a great nation….
“But to truly transform our economy, protect our security, and save our planet from the ravages of climate change, we need to ultimately make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy. So I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America. And to support that innovation, we will invest fifteen billion dollars a year to develop technologies like wind power and solar power; advanced biofuels, clean coal, and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks built right here in America….

“I think about Greensburg, Kansas, a town that was completely destroyed by a tornado, but is being rebuilt by its residents as a global example of how clean energy can power an entire community — how it can bring jobs and businesses to a place where piles of bricks and rubble once lay. “The tragedy was terrible,” said one of the men who helped them rebuild. “But the folks here know that it also provided an incredible opportunity.”

Our Perspective:

We applaud President Obama, he has the courage to look into the future and define the direction needed to provide for our security and build a stronger America.

Too much has been spent,  putting band aids on and providing short term fixes. It is because of that mindset that we are now in this crisis.

There is no easy fix. But America has always shown the strength to pick itself up and make the difficult decisions when it is needed. We should not always be operating on crisis mode, maybe this time we will learn a lesson.

Energy will play a huge part in securing our future. As demand continues to grow, we will not be able to meet our growing demand for energy with our existing facilities. We must invest now in alternative energy to reduce the demand off the grid and at the same time update the infrastructure to be able to handle the growing demand.

America is poised to lead this effort. The public supports it. We must not let politics play a role. 

It is our responsibility to provide a better future for our children and grand children.

Let us know your thoughts? You may leave a comment or emil george@hbsadvantage.com

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