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Obama’s amazing speech at wind-turbine-parts maker

By Joe Romm

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PEBO touted his American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan and its green stimulus components in Bedford Heights, Ohio at the Cardinal Fastener & Specialty Company:

I want to start by thanking the folks here at Cardinal Fastener for the tour you just gave me. The story of this company — which began building wind turbine parts just two years ago, and is now poised to make half its earnings that way — is that a renewable energy economy isn’t some pie-in-the-sky, far-off future. It’s happening all across America right now. It’s providing alternatives to foreign oil now. It can create millions of additional jobs and entire new industries if we act right now.

Here are the part of his powerful remarks that focus on energy:

That starts with new, clean sources of energy. We know that the possibilities here are limitless. Here in Ohio and across America, we’ve seen old factories become new clean energy producers. We’ve seen entrepreneurs turning solar energy into electricity, and corn and soybeans into bio-fuels. Our scientists and engineers are hard at work developing cars that use less gas, homes and appliances that require less energy, schools and offices that are greener and more efficient than ever before.

But we also know that we are nowhere near realizing the full potential of their work. Take the example of wind power alone: I’m told that if we don’t act now, because of the economic downturn, half of the wind projects planned for 2009 could wind up being abandoned. Think about that. Think about all the businesses that wouldn’t come to be, all the jobs that wouldn’t be created, all the clean energy we wouldn’t produce.

And think of what’s happening in countries like Spain, Germany and Japan, where they’re making real investments in renewable energy. They’re surging ahead of us, poised to take the lead in these new industries.

This isn’t because they’re smarter than us, or work harder than us, or are more innovative than we are. It’s because their governments have harnessed their people’s hard work and ingenuity with bold investments — investments that are paying off in good, high-wage jobs — jobs they won’t lose to other countries.

There is no reason we can’t do the same thing right here in America. That’s why, as part of our Recovery and Reinvestment plan, we’re committing to double the production of renewable energy in the next three years, and to modernize more than 75% of federal buildings and improve the energy efficiency of two million American homes.

In the process, we’ll put nearly half a million people to work building wind turbines and solar panels; constructing fuel-efficient cars and buildings; and developing the new energy technologies that will lead to new jobs, more savings, and a cleaner, safer planet in the bargain.

Here at Cardinal Fastener, that could mean going from operating at 50 percent capacity to 90 percent capacity and creating even more good, made-in-America jobs right here in Ohio.

Now, given the magnitude of the challenges we face, none of this will come easy. Recovery won’t happen overnight, and it’s likely that, even with these measures, things will get worse before they get better….

But if anyone doubts that we can dig ourselves out of this hole, I invite them to come here to Ohio and look what you’ve done at Cardinal Fastener. I know it hasn’t been easy — and it hasn’t been without risk. But you’ve set your sights on the future, and you haven’t looked back. In an economy that’s losing jobs, you’re creating them. And they’re the kind of jobs that don’t just support families and sustain communities — but also help transform our economy, spurring growth not just today, but for decades to come.

That’s what we’ve always done in moments like this. We’ve looked ahead to the next big idea, that next new breakthrough. We’ve experimented and innovated, and when we’ve failed, we’ve picked ourselves up and tried again. And I know that if we can summon that determination and that great American spirit once again, we will meet the challenges of our time and build a better future for our children.

Finally, a President who gets it.

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13 Responses to Obama’s amazing speech at wind-turbine-parts maker

  1. Nancy says:

    Good speech, but I live in Massachusetts, where PEBO’s friend, Sen Kennedy, is still actively opposed to the Cape Cod wind farm proposal, even though it received a favorable review by the MMS. Do you think PEBO will endorse the project, or is he afraid of Teddy?

    Ted K has been good for our state and our country on many issues, but he is dead wrong about the wind farm. The good thing is that he doesn’t have long to live, and once he’s gone, Kerry & Markey will be free to support the project. It is hideously ironic that Markey is the head of the Global Warming Committee, yet he is too chicken to come out in favor of Cape Wind.

  2. john says:

    We all keep conflating renewable energy with displacing oil, as Barack just did in this speech. I’ve been in the energy filed for decades and I’ll occasionally make that slip myself. But we all know there’s very little relationship between grid power and oil. When PHEVs start rolling off the assembly lines we can make that link. Until then, it ain’t so.

  3. Bob Wallace says:

    Nancy -

    “The good thing is that (Ted Kennedy) doesn’t have long to live …”

    That’s a terrible thing to say.

    And I’ll add that I’m not actually posting what I’d like to say to you as I’m afraid that it would get me banned from this site.

    You really do come across as a disgusting person.

  4. Dean says:

    Responding to the more salient part of Nancy’s post, I live in the Columbia River Gorge, on the Washington-Oregon border, where wind is king, and huge turbines can regularly be seen on I84 heading to their new home. And where the only interest group opposed to wind power is (some) environmentalists.

    Of course they aren’t opposed in principle, just where they can see them. In the long run, the eastern basins of Oregon and Washington will make more logical places for large-scale wind production, but the transmission lines don’t exist yet. In the short run, it is most cost efficient to build them near to transmission that exists for the dams on the Columbia. I’m an avid hiker, but I can put up with this “visual pollution”.

  5. Nancy says:

    Let me rephrase my statement, since it reads poorly. When a powerful politician is no longer a spokesperson for the will of the people, it is time for him/her to move out of that position. In Ted K’s case, he will never leave the senate except for serious health reasons. I wish him good health and a long life, but facts are facts….he has a fatal disease.

    Due to his opposition (and the money from fossil-fuel-rich Nantucket residents) this much-needed project has languished for almost a decade. Now that’s disgusting!

  6. hapa says:

    i wonder how long before cape wind is a footnote in the history of the big change.

  7. paulm says:

    100

    That’s the important figure, not 350.

    100ppm less than 280ppm CO2 ment 5 degrees cooler.

    100ppm greater than 280ppm means > 3 degrees hotter.

    We are looking in to the abyss! God Help us (if she can).

  8. Roger says:

    Senator Kennedy has come out with a new statement against Cape Wind, even though it has strong support from Massachusetts citizens. Hmm…

    He must be feeling extreme peer pressure from his neighbors on Cape Cod
    because this is a project that, after 7 years of study, clearly makes sense.

    Maybe readers could help by giving Kennedy a call to encourge support. Try 202-224-4543 in DC, or Boston at 617-565-3170 or 877-472-9014.

  9. David B. Benson says:

    paulm — You must be using an out-of-range high value for climate sensitivity.

    In any case, you ought to cite your source.

  10. paulm says:

    @David,

    You can see this from the ice core plots for the last 400k yrs…
    http://gwfact.rso.wisc.edu/img/vostok.jpg

    The details are here…

    http://gwfact.rso.wisc.edu/history.html

    What does this graph show us?

    * Carbon dioxide concentrations dropped to 180 ppm during the coldest periods and reached a maximum of 300 ppm in the warmest periods. Current CO2 concentrations are at about 380 ppm.

  11. David B. Benson says:

    paulm — Yes, I know that, thank you, but “100ppm greater than 280ppm means > 3 degrees hotter.” looks wrong to me.

  12. paulm says:

    @David, I guess its those feedbacks kicking in that are hard to see.

  13. indir says:

    Oh..

    i wonder how long before cape wind is a footnote in the history of the big change.