As part of his economic stimulus plan, President-elect Barack Obama intends to double production of solar energy and other forms of renewable power, according to a speech he recently delivered at George Mason University.
‘To finally spark the creation of a clean energy economy, we will double the production of alternative energy in the next three years,’ Obama stated. ‘We will modernize more than 75 percent of federal buildings and improve the energy efficiency of 2 million American homes, saving consumers and taxpayers billions on our energy bills.’
‘In the process, we will put Americans to work in new jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced – jobs building solar panels and wind turbines, constructing fuel-efficient cars and buildings, and developing the new energy technologies that will lead to even more jobs, more savings and a cleaner, safer planet in the bargain,’ he added.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) says that its president, Michael Eckhart, attended the speech and came away with a strong belief that the president-elect is committed to implementing a new energy strategy for the nation, melding it with goals for national security and economic recovery, as well as traditional ties to the environment and climate conditions.
SOURCES: Office Of The President-Elect, ACORE