President touts initiatives on solar power and clean energy

This week, President Obama discussed the importance that solar power and clean energy will have on our economy. Claiming a historic commitment to clean energy, the President outlined a vision where new initiatives can account for hundreds of thousands of jobs by 2012. As the President noted, one such project is already underway:

“For example, I want to share with you one new development, made possible by the clean energy incentives that we’ve launched. This month, in the Mojave Desert, a company called BrightSource plans to break ground on a revolutionary new type of solar power plant. It’s going to put about a thousand people to work building a state-of-the-art facility. And when it’s complete, it will turn sunlight into the energy that will power up to 140,000 homes – the largest such plant in the world. Not in China. Not in India. But in California. With projects like this one, and others across this country, we are staking our claim to continued leadership in the new global economy.”

President Obama also tied this issue to the upcoming November elections, warning that a Republican takeover threatens an end to many of the initiatives that are already set in motion:

“In fact, in the Pledge they recently released, the Republican leadership is promising to scrap all the incentives for clean energy projects, including those currently underway – even with all the jobs and potential that they hold. This doesn’t make sense for our economy. It doesn’t make sense for Americans who are looking for jobs. And it doesn’t make sense for our future. To go backwards and scrap these plans means handing the competitive edge to China and other nations.”

And here is President Obama’s Weekly Address:

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