Saturday, February 01, 2014

US State of the Union 2014: a backseat for renewable energy

Saturday, February 01, 2014
New Hampshire, USA-broader domestic social issues and international policy, the by the "a permanent war Foundation" moves away took center stage in President Obama State of the nation (SOTUS) last night. National energy policy, renewable energy, including largely took a back seat of the President major topics of conversation: contractor, hiking the minimum wage for Federal Republic of pushing immigration reform final, strong drives in employment and training, education, pensions and health.

After a short first Leckerbissen--how more now is oil made at home as we buy-from the rest of the world for the first time for almost 20 years - domestic energy was mentioned, as President Obama on the success of his "all the above" not until the half hour mark energy strategy. One reason, he said, is due to natural gas, which he called "the bridge fuel, which makes our economy" with reduced CO2 pollution, and he promised to support what he described as almost $100 billion invested using the natural gas in new factories.

The other reason is that renewable energy and specifically the United States ' global leadership in solar, he said, indicate that a new home or business all four minute-Sol aryanised calls and each Panel proposed in lieu of a worker, whose job can be outsourced." (These jobs grow ten times national average, a just-released study found.)

President Obama calls to use attention to the tax reform specifically for renewable energy. "Let us continue that progress with a smarter tax policy that stops, the $4 billion per year to give fossil fuels industries, that do not require it, so that we can invest more in the fuels of the future," he said. This was probably an allusion to the proposed US energy tax reforms, but how much these proposals be modified or revised, and how quickly a Congress election year, probably not is known be for several months. Nevertheless, enough was a mainstay for different groups to urge more action in their post SOTUS reactions. Peter Kelley, AWEA's Vice President of public affairs, noted how far energy prices down come wind and their contribution to the electricity network has increased, and both should continue "as long as there are more policy support."

Finally, President Obama moved the discussion to the more general question of climate change again, pointed out, the nation that in the past eight years its total carbon pollution "more than any nation on Earth" has reduced the United States he underlines commitment to renewable energy, the President acknowledged that "This change and will not happen to a clean energy economy overnight" and vague pointed out, that "it requires some difficult decisions along the way." "" But he claimed that climate change is fact, and urged that when our children look us in the eye and I want questions whether we have done what we could that, all we can say, "Yes, we have."

Here is the official transcript of the President's speech.

The last two SOTUSes had a focus on renewable power generation, including further development on federal lands (which continues to happen) and a call to action against climate change (which is materialized by the middle of the year in new clean air and power plant proposals) emphasised. He proposed, with royalties from drilling on federal land for the financing of renewable energy development of biofuels, batteries, natural gas as fuel, but little happens there - although a version of this plan by solar energy industries Association (SEIA) as a possible solution for the trade case floated United States and China have been using to finance a piece of profits from products imported to domestic solar manufacturing.

Republican responses on the SOTUS talking energy points calls for further development of skills domestically, criticism of the Government regulations for drilling and exploration. Speaker John Boehner didn't hit energy production despite Obama's Government, because it has become. Republicans also pointed to the KeystoneXL pipeline, no mentions in the President's speech, as another example to get that could secure more America's energy independence.

And finally: in a cold war origin tradition, a member of the Cabinet is kept Capitol Hill during the SOTUS called"survivor" with unfathomable disaster, which eliminated the rest of the Government. This year the Department of Commerce was none other than Minister of energy Ernest Moniz, now created its place as 12th in line to the Oval Office.

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