Obama Stresses Commitment to Energy in State of the Union Address
President Obama stressed a commitment to energy in his State of the Union address.
He said his energy strategy from a few years back is working, claiming that “today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades.”
Obama pledged to cut red tape to help states build factories that use natural gas. “Congress can help by putting people to work building fueling stations that shift more cars and trucks from foreign oil to American natural gas,” he added.
The president said America is becoming a global leader in solar energy. He called on a tax policy that stops giving $4 billion per year to fossil fuel industries to invest more in “fuels of the future.”
Obama plans to set new standards for trucks in order to drive down oil imports and gas prices. He also said that he has directed his administration to work with states and utilities to minimize carbon pollution.
“The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way,” he said. “But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”