Renewable Energy Part of Obama Acceptance

Cindy Zimmerman

Renewable energy was part of President Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night as the Democratic nominee for 2012.

“We have doubled our use of renewable energy, and thousands of Americans have jobs today building wind turbines and long-lasting batteries,” Obama said to applause. “In the last year alone, we cut oil imports by 1 million barrels a day, more than any administration in recent history. And today the United States of America is less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in the last two decades.”

“We’re offering a better path where we — a future where we keep investing in wind and solar and clean coal, where farmers and scientists harness new biofuels to power our cars and trucks, where construction workers build homes and factories that waste less energy, where — where we develop a hundred-year supply of natural gas that’s right beneath our feet,” he continued.

The president’s acceptance speech added to comments Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made the night before at the Democratic National Convention, noting that the Obama administration has made “smart investments in clean energy—wind, solar, biofuels as part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy that supports thousands of jobs, not in the Middle East, but in the Midwest.”

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