President Calls for More Sustainable Energy

sotu-2013Citing a need for increasing jobs and combating climate change, President Obama pledged to do more to “speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy” during his 2013 State of the Union address.

Four years ago, other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it. And we’ve begun to change that. Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America. So let’s generate even more. Solar energy gets cheaper by the year — let’s drive down costs even further. As long as countries like China keep going all in on clean energy, so must we.

Now, in the meantime, the natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. We need to encourage that. And that’s why my administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits. That’s got to be part of an all-of-the-above plan. But I also want to work with this Congress to encourage the research and technology that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and our water.

Although there was no mention of biofuels in the speech, both ethanol and biodiesel organizations issued statements stressing their importance for the nation in achieving the president’s goals. “Biofuels can provide the eco-boost the U.S. economy needs,” said Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen. ““I am pleased that President Obama will continue to pursue policies that increase the use of cleaner, renewable energy, which is better for our environment and the air we breathe,” Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis said. Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board, added that the biodiesel industry is poised to play a growing role in cutting greenhouse gas emissions. “Biodiesel is a practical, cost-effective and bipartisan solution that’s here today to address this problem,” Steckel said.

6 thoughts on “President Calls for More Sustainable Energy

  1. If biofuels & ethanol were viable energy alternatives, they would not require subsidies & mandates to exist & operate. So far as the taxpayers are concerned, biofuels and ethanol are extremely expensive fuel additives that cannot be justified given the prevailing economic conditions. Long story short, take away the subsidies and the manndates and if the additives are not cost effective, then these ” fuels ” belong in the development stage only and not in production. Maybe the green Navy can afford to pay $23.00 / gallon for biodiesel and the Air Force can pay $56.00 / gallon for aviation grade biofuel, but nobody else could or would.

  2. Michael;

    Obama’s reforms are very difficult for some to get their minds around as they see themselves as benefitting from the old order. An old order that ignores the externalities of global warming and the $trillions of dollars in costs and thousands of lives lost that the climate has begun laying on us.

    “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things for the reformer has enemies in all who profit from the old order.”

    –Niccolo Machiavelli, 1513

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  4. Michael M., please do some simple research (check market commodities pricing) and you’ll find that ethanol is less expensive than gas. The subsidy died at the beginning of last year. By the way, do you know who got the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC, so called ethanol subsidy)? It was the oil companies that blended ethanol NOT ethanol industry or companies. Your misrepresentations of the facts is not your fault, but simply the result of believing all of the misinformation that the oil companies are putting out there for this very purpose…oh, and to keep from losing any more business!