Last night’s State of the Union address by President Obama covered a lot of ground over the course of the 71 minute speech. One of the main pillars that helped to get President Obama elected in the first place, a commitment to clean energy and reducing US greenhouse gas emissions, was a focal point for the President in the address. The President stressed the need for Congress to take action on climate change to reduce emissions and also remain competitive in the international marketplace and help create jobs here in the US.
[T]o create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives… And yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America.
President Obama tried to reframe the climate legislation awaiting action in Congress in terms of clean energy and jobs, particularly as some observers have deemed the legislation stalled for the time being. It’s true that investing in clean energy will create new jobs in construction, manufacturing, installation, as well as research and development. With our nation still in economic recovery, climate legislation can help re-invigorate and re-energize our economy and should be a focus for Congress and the White House.