Throughout the recent economic slide that has lawmakers, bureaucrats, and bankers scrambling to come up with macro-economic fixes to a macro-economic problem, Democrat Senator Barack Obama has reiterated his support for investing in cleantech and building the economy with green collar jobs.
Obama has continued to link energy and environment to the solutions that will help us out of our current economic mess.
At a campaign stop in Reno, Nevada Obama elaborated on how and why he will continue to focus on energy, despite the current economic downturn.
Obama said that in light of the current economic situation, some portions of any platform would have to be pared, simply because there is less money flowing into the Treasury. But he also said other programs are critical components of an economic recovery, and should not be abandoned. Obama said:
"To create new jobs, I'll invest in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure -- our roads, schools, and bridges. We'll rebuild our outdated electricity grid and build new broadband lines to connect America. And I'll create the jobs of the future by transforming our energy economy. We'll tap our natural-gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I'll help our auto companies re-tool so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here the United States of America. I'll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I'll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy -- wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels -- an investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and can't ever be outsourced."
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