President talks clean energy, confronts Republican leadership on jobs

Clean energy and jobs topped the list of priorities for President Obama in this week’s address. The President announced two new initiatives in the “Clean Energy Economy” that will focus on solar energy.

President Obama described on of the projects:

“In fact, today, I’m announcing that the Department of Energy is awarding nearly $2 billion in conditional commitments to two solar companies. The first is Abenga Solar, a company that has agreed to build one of the largest solar plants in the world right here in the United States. After years of watching companies build things and create jobs overseas, it’s good news that we’ve attracted a company to our shores to build a plant and create jobs right here in America. In the short term, construction will create approximately 1,600 jobs in Arizona. What’s more, over 70% of the components and products used in construction will be manufactured in the U.S.A., boosting jobs and communities in states up and down the supply chain. Once completed this plant will be the first large-scale solar plant in the U.S. to actually store the energy it generates for later use — even at night. And it will generate enough clean renewable energy to power 70,000 homes.”

As for jobs and his opponents on the other side of the aisle? The President kept his remarks brief, yet to the point: They just don’t get it.

As President Obama put it:

“Still, at a time when millions of Americans feel a deep sense of urgency in their own lives, Republican leaders in Washington just don’t get it. While a majority of Senators support taking these steps to help the American people, some are playing the same old Washington games and using their power to hold this relief hostage – a move that only ends up holding back our recovery.”

The President’s Weekly Address:

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