In 199os the U.S. Department of Energy established the Clean Cities program as tool to implement the Federal Energy Policy Act. Our mission is to advance the energy, economic and environmental security of the United States by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. The Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition is one of nearly 100 programs across the country working to achieve this mission. We are thrilled that government leaders remain excited about furthering the national energy goals set forth almost a decade ago.
In Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama reiterated his dedication to investment in petroleum alternatives saying,
“With [the United States controlling] only 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves, oil isn’t enough. This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy.”
Alternative fuels enhance security because they are domestically available, more affordable and cleaner burning that petroleum derived fuels. Although the extent varies, this is true for CNG, LPG, Electricity, Biofuels, Hydrogen, etc.
We encourage you to take a look at the following list of points made regarding the diversification of transportation fuels in the State of the Union Address. We’d also like to extend an applause to President Obama and all of our nation’s leaders who invest in America’s future through their support of alternative transportation.
What is America doing to further the mission of the Clean Cities?
Here’s a quick overview of important quotes on clean energy from the State of the Union Address.
- Subsidizing the clean energy industry.
“We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough. It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising.”
- Developing natural gas resources.
“The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy.”
- Establishing a clean energy standard.
“There’s no reason why Congress shouldn’t at least set a clean energy standard that creates a market for innovation.”
“I’m proud to announce that the Department of Defense… the world’s largest consumer of energy, will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history -– with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year.”
- Leader in high-tech batteries.
“In three years, our partnership with the private sector has already positioned America to be the world’s leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries. Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled, and thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.”
Want to Learn More?
The information and quotations included in this post regarding the American energy policy were extracted from the January 24, 2012 State of the Union Address, delivered by President Barack Obama to the U.S. House of Representatives. A full video of and transcript of the speech are accessible by following this link http://1.usa.gov/z724g3 to the White House website.
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