President Barack Obama spoke this evening to a national televised audience from the Oval Office in his first live address from this location. It is said past presidents have only spoken from here in times of national crisis and the topic Mr. Obama spoke on – that of the ongoing environmental nightmare that is the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – certainly fits that scope. While his speech spoke a lot to the ongoing clean up efforts and making BP pay for what has happened, he did reserve a good portion of it on the topic of clean energy.
Below you will find the contents of his speech related to clean energy which, as the days and weeks continue to unfold and the BP oil crisis hopefully passes, will become more of a must have for a country as energy hungry as ours (Note: if you missed the speech and want to watch it, visit the second page of this story via the second page link below and scroll down):
The consequences of our inaction are now in plain sight. Countries like China are investing in clean energy jobs and industries that should be right here in America. Each day, we send nearly $1 billion of our wealth to foreign countries for their oil. And today, as we look to the Gulf, we see an entire way of life being threatened by a menacing cloud of black crude.
We cannot consign our children to this future. The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now. Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America’s innovation and seize control of our own destiny.
This is not some distant vision for America. The transition away from fossil fuels is going to take some time, but over the last year and a half, we’ve already taken unprecedented action to jumpstart the clean energy industry. As we speak, old factories are reopening to produce wind turbines, people are going back to work installing energy-efficient windows, and small businesses are making solar panels. Consumers are buying more efficient cars and trucks, and families are making their homes more energy-efficient. Scientists and researchers are discovering clean energy technologies that someday will lead to entire new industries.
Each of us has a part to play in a new future that will benefit all of us. As we recover from this recession, the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of jobs -– but only if we accelerate that transition. Only if we seize the moment. And only if we rally together and act as one nation –- workers and entrepreneurs; scientists and citizens; the public and private sectors.
When I was a candidate for this office, I laid out a set of principles that would move our country towards energy independence. Last year, the House of Representatives acted on these principles by passing a strong and comprehensive energy and climate bill –- a bill that finally makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America’s businesses.