The President noted before laying out a few ideas on how to forge ahead into the new energy world and also stated for the benefit of his Republican counterparts that he had opened up new drilling offshore and would support the natural gas industry - although later he promised more regulation for the safety of the people affected by it – but we were able to briefly (don’t worry, just briefly) overlook those statements, knowing he’s got to throw his opponents a bone if he’s to make the progress he would like. “Nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy,” the President said. “But with only 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves, oil isn’t enough. This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – a strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.” He continued that in order to do so, we had to take the initiatives here, at home and that his administration had funded research that would help American minds solve the problems of the future.
“I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here. We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough,” the President said while applause rang through the chamber. “It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs.” Now that’s a statement worth standing up and cheering for. But since State of the Unions can be full of a lot of rhetoric and little action he didn’t stop there, adding that since Congress won’t act, he will. “I’m directing my administration to allow the development of clean energy on enough public land to power three million homes. I’m proud to announce that the Department of Defense, the world’s largest consumer of energy, will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history – with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year.”
Though the President spattered his remarks with thoughts on how to make government leaner and stronger he said he couldn’t stay away from keeping Americans safe through health and environmental regulations. “I will not back down from making sure an oil company can contain the kind of oil spill we saw in the Gulf two years ago. I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury pollution, or making sure that our food is safe and our water is clean,” the President noted. President Obama’s message is clear - he is serious about building the American economy back up by creating jobs here at home and the clean energy sector is one great place to start.