Washington D.C., United States — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 26 January 2011 – President Barack Obama is to promote clean energy in his State of the Union speech to Congress as a way to help create more jobs, according to a senior White House official.
“The president has talked since the beginning of the administration about how important it is to move us to a clean energy economy. He’ll talk about it tonight,” Nancy Sutley, who heads the White House Council on Environmental Quality, told reporters.
Obama has made clean energy, like wind and solar power, a key part of his energy policy. “It’s really the focus. A clean energy economy is good for our economy, good for jobs, good for growth. It’s also good for our planet,” she added.
The Obama administration has put billions of dollars toward loan guarantees for clean energy projects and related research, as well as tax breaks for wind and solar projects. At the beginning of his administration, Obama set a three-year goal to double the amount of U.S. electricity generated by renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.
Several representatives of the clean energy industry have been invited by the administration to come to Capitol Hill to hear Obama’s speech to Congress.