Obama Expects 800,000 Clean Energy Jobs by 2012

August 18, 2010

Speaking at a Milwaukee-area battery plant, President Obama says he expects the administration’s clean energy policies will generate 800,000 jobs by 2012. “That’s not just creating work in the short term. That’s going to help lay the foundation for lasting economic growth,” he said at ZBB Energy Corp. this week in Menomonee Falls, Wis. The company’s batteries and fuel cells are used in renewable energy products. Obama noted that the U.S. manufacturing workforce has shrunk by a third and that the recession was the worst since the Great Depression. Among the policies Obama cited are investing in clean energy projects and tax policies that encourage companies to keep and create jobs in the U.S. You can listen to the president’s speech in this White House video: