President Obama stresses the need to switch to green energy

June 14, 2010

President Obama stresses the need to switch to green energy President Obama sent an email to supporters this morning(see below) stressing the need to move away from fossil fuels to green energy sources.  His email also addressed the BP oil spill and cleanup, topics that were repeated in today’s visit to Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.

Obama talked about the disaster and the clean up efforts in his speech today at the Theodore Staging Facility in Theodore, Alabama.  He called the Gulf oil spill an ongoing assault that differentiates this catastrophe from Katrina.

It’s an ongoing assault whose movements are constantly changing.  That’s what makes this crisis so challenging.  It means that it has to be constantly watched.  It has to be tracked.  We’re constantly having to redeploy resources to make sure that they’re having maximum impact.  And we also need to make sure that we are constantly helping folks who have been hurt by it, even as we’re stopping the oil from spreading into more and more areas.

The cleanup effort involves enormous resources.

All in all, we are confronting the largest environmental disaster in our history with the largest environmental response and recovery effort in our history.  Over 27,000 personnel are working to safeguard our coasts and protect endangered wildlife.  More than 5,400 skimmers, tugs, barges and other vessels — some of which you saw as we came into this facility — are currently responding to the spill.  Over 2 million feet of containment boom and over 3 million feet of absorbent boom are being used to contain the spill, and millions of more feet are available.

Prior to his visits today, he also addressed the oil spill in his email to supporters.  Besides talking about BP’s accountability, the President spoke about the need to move to green sources of energy and away from fossil fuel.  He wrote that the switch to green energy would create jobs, improving our economy as well as improving the security of America.

Today, we consume more than 20 percent of the world’s oil, but have less than two percent of the world’s oil reserves. Beyond the risks inherent in drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth, our dependence on oil means that we will continue to send billions of dollars of our hard-earned wealth to other countries every month — including many in dangerous and unstable regions.
In other words, our continued dependence on fossil fuels will jeopardize our national security. It will smother our planet. And it will continue to put our economy and our environment at risk. …

The time has come, once and for all, for this nation to fully embrace a new future. That means continuing our unprecedented effort to make everything — from our homes and businesses to our cars and trucks — more energy-efficient. It means rolling back billions of dollars of tax breaks to oil companies so we can prioritize investments in clean energy research and development.
Many businesses support this agenda because shifting to clean energy creates opportunities for entrepreneurship. This is how we will reinvent our economy — and create new companies and new jobs all across the country.

In today’s speech in Theodore, Alabama, he emphasized that the cleanup will not happen overnight and the shores will not be returned to their former glory quickly although he promised that the areas affected would one day be better than they were before the spill.

In his email, President Obama spoke about the costs involved and the need for a period of adjustment as we move from our current fossil fuel based energy system into a clean-energy future.  He used the current disaster in the Gulf as a reason why he was urging his supporters to contact the Senate to push for the passage of a clean-energy bill similar to the one already passed in the House.

In the President’s words: 

. . .if we refuse to heed the warnings from the disaster in the Gulf — we will have missed our best chance to seize the clean-energy future we know America needs to thrive in the years and decades to come.

 

Above photograph of President Obama with Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is an “Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy”.

 

The following is a copy of the email from President Obama:

Barack Obama

to Susan

12:19 PM (7 hours ago)

Susan —
The BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast is the worst environmental disaster of its kind in our nation’s history. I am returning to the region today to review our efforts and meet with families and business owners affected by the catastrophe.
We are working to hold BP accountable for the damage to the lands and the livelihoods of the Gulf Coast, and we are taking strong precautions to make certain a spill like this never happens again.
But our work will not end with this crisis. That’s one of the reasons why last week I invited lawmakers from both parties to join me at the White House to discuss what it will take to move forward on legislation to promote a new economy powered by green jobs, combat climate change, and end our dependence on foreign oil.
Today, we consume more than 20 percent of the world’s oil, but have less than two percent of the world’s oil reserves. Beyond the risks inherent in drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth, our dependence on oil means that we will continue to send billions of dollars of our hard-earned wealth to other countries every month — including many in dangerous and unstable regions.
In other words, our continued dependence on fossil fuels will jeopardize our national security. It will smother our planet. And it will continue to put our economy and our environment at risk. We cannot delay any longer, and that is why I am asking for your help.
Please stand with me today in backing clean energy. Adding your name will help Organizing for America create a powerful, public display of support for making this change happen.
The time has come, once and for all, for this nation to fully embrace a new future. That means continuing our unprecedented effort to make everything — from our homes and businesses to our cars and trucks — more energy-efficient. It means rolling back billions of dollars of tax breaks to oil companies so we can prioritize investments in clean energy research and development.
Many businesses support this agenda because shifting to clean energy creates opportunities for entrepreneurship. This is how we will reinvent our economy — and create new companies and new jobs all across the country.
There will be transition costs and a time of adjustment. But if we refuse to heed the warnings from the disaster in the Gulf — we will have missed our best chance to seize the clean-energy future we know America needs to thrive in the years and decades to come.
The House of Representatives has already passed a comprehensive energy and climate bill, and there is currently a plan in the Senate — a plan that was developed with ideas from Democrats and Republicans — that would achieve the same goal. But this is an issue that Washington has long ignored in favor of protecting the status quo.
So I’m asking for your help today to show that the American people are ready for a clean-energy future.
Please add your name to mine:
http://my.barackobama.com/CleanEnergy
Thank you,
President Barack Obama

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