Clean energy goals in Obama's State of the Union address

As for putting more money toward biofuel research and less toward oil companies, he stated, "We need to get behind this innovation. And to help pay for it, I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s."

But the only way we can accomplish these clean energy ambitions is for the US to "win the race to educate our kids" in order to maintain leadership in research and technology.

Read the full State of the Union here on National Post.

Information via Greenwala and TreeHugger; photo: sha3teely.

During President Obama's State of the Union Address last night, he stated that investments need to be made in technology to benefit this country's future. He called this our "Sputnik moment" (referring to the space race against the Soviets in 1950) and claimed that Congress would be provided with a budget authorized for, "investing in biomedical research, IT and especially clean energy technology."

"...we’ve begun to reinvent our energy policy. We’re not just handing out money. We’re issuing a challenge. We’re telling America’s scientists and engineers that if they assemble teams of the best minds in their fields, and focus on the hardest problems in clean energy, we’ll fund the Apollo Projects of our time."

The President also set a goal of having 80% of all American power provided by clean energy sources, including wind, solar, natural gas, nuclear and clean coal, by 2035. By this same date, he also wants 80% of Americans have access to high speed rail. As for personal vehicles, his goal is for the US to "break our dependence on oil with biofuels" and have 1 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2015."

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