Obama Stumps For Clean Jobs Growth

President Obama was in Wisconsin yesterday visiting a manufacturing facility which produces zinc bromide flow batteries and intelligent control platforms related to smart grid development and electric vehicle integration which would shift “energy use to off-peak hours and bank intermittent sources of energy like the sun and wind for future use.” The company he visited, ZBB Energy Corporation, is using $1.3 million in Recovery Act State Energy Program loans to fund a $4.5 million factory renovation to “triple their capacity to manufacture flow batteries and power systems.”

While at this facility, Obama took some time to make some comments about clean jobs growth in our country despite the overall downtown in the economy. He said it is expected that a “commitment to clean energy” will lead to more than 800,000 jobs by 2012 and that, in something he’s mentioned before, while American businesses currently only make 2 percent of the world’s advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles, it is believed that in a few years “we’ll have up to 40 percent of the world’s capacity.”

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“See, when folks lift up the hoods on the cars of the future, I want them to see engines stamped ‘Made in America,” said President Obama in a statement. “When new batteries to store solar power come off the line, I want to see printed on the side, ‘Made in America.’ When new technologies are developed and new industries are formed, I want them made right here in America.  That’s what we’re fighting for. That’s what this is about.”

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