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Obama’s SOTU: Back to Basics
January 28, 2010, 9:00 pm
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Remember when Barack Obama was going to rebuild the crippled American economy with large-scale investments in a new energy economy and sustainable infrastructure? If you don’t recall, it’s probably because his best intentions were lost in the major meltdown that is health care reform.

In a State of the Union Address that swung from humbled to defiant, sometimes in the same sentence, it appeared our president is either renewing that promise, or some really good poll told him he should. Either way, the president lined his jobs-heavy speech last night with all sorts of references to building green energy industries.

In his own words: (via Baltimore Sun)

“We will build on the historic $80 billion investment made through the Recovery Act. The President’s vision includes investments in important technologies to diversity our energy sources and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, including:  the renewal of our nation’s nuclear energy industry after a 30-year hiatus, cutting edge biofuel and clean coal technologies, and additional offshore oil and gas drilling.  To fully transition to a clean energy economy and create millions of new American jobs, we must pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation to promote energy independence and address climate change.”

Right idea – now can we get the ball rolling on this (and pass health care too?)