Gallery: Obama Focuses on Green Energy and New Railways on Labor Day


Yesterday President Obama gave a Labor Day speech to citizens gathered at the Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that outlined his plan to create more jobs in America while strengthening the green economy. As the country’s unemployment rate hovers around nine percent, the President detailed his ideas for keeping that figure down and ensuring it stays down in the future. He noted government tax incentives for green energy companies, American-made efficient cars, the new American smart grid, and a new plan to install and maintain 4,000 miles of railway across the country.

The President’s speech focused on creating new industry in the United States that will not only provide jobs in the short term, but will supply jobs far into the future. He alluded to investments earlier in the year in the auto industry and their push to make more efficient vehicles on American soil, and to the smart grid that he announced and started to build this year. In an effort to bring all of America’s technology up to the 21st century, Obama unveiled his plan to update our transportation system in order to eliminate waste, reduce greenhouse gasses and increase efficiency.

We’re going to continue our strategy to build a national high-speed rail network that reduces congestion and travel times and reduces harmful emissions,” the President told the crowd. He went on to note — a very important point in this heated election season — that this new transportation plan will be fully paid for. Adding to his transportation plan he reinforced something he’s been saying all year: “we want to invest in growth industries like clean energy and manufacturing.” He noted that his dream isn’t just that we should use green technology but that we should build it. “I don’t want to see solar panels and wind turbines and electric cars made in China. I want them made right here in the United States of America.” We’re excited to see those 4,000 miles of efficient railways added to our home-grown solar panels, wind turbines and electric cars.

+ President Obama’s Labor Day Speech


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  1. Denise October 3, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Fully paid for? It’s paid for by our taxes. BTW: We have already acquired a massive debt. We should not be leaving a huge debt to the next generations (any debt for that matter). Eliminate the pension plans for elected officials and let’s return to having public servants serve us. The rail system is a great idea but we need to get out of debt first. I don’t buy a new vehicle until I can afford one. We shouldn’t spend what we don’t have available to spend.

  2. alex2E September 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I would like to see support of this new solar roadways idea I keep hearing about. It could actually be the grid itself if completed, but it is still in diapers due to lack of funding. Shameful.

  3. dexter_p September 10, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I agree.. mass transport systems are the way to conserve energy. But these have to be planned in timings & routes to maximize the use by people thus making it more efficient.
    A case in point is India, where i live where the cost of travel by train is minuscule compared the exorbitant cost of car travel or air travel & the carbon footprint is so so much less.
    That is what we should look forward to happening in most developed countries where train travel is not so used.

  4. China's Green Energy Bu... September 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    […] if each country made this tech at home. The moral of the story is: let’s get on board with President Obama’s Labor Day game plan to increase the amount of green energy tech made here on US […]

  5. heatherrr September 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I’m excited to see what comes of this. Visiting Sweden has made me appreciate railways so much and understand their usefulness. You can get to the other side of the country in five hours, and for a decent price. They’re so slow, limited and expensive in the States. I’d love to see that change.

  6. TPatrick September 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    It all sounds like a good idea, but he needs to follow through.

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