Obama’s Energy: ‘All of the Above’

Obama’s State of the Union address. Bloomberg Photo / Joshua Roberts

Energy was not in the House tonight.

But energy was in the president’s speech.

“One of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy,” President Barack Obama said 15 minutes into his State of the Union address. “The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades.”

Energy Secretary Moniz was the sole Cabinet member chosen to sit this speech out, in the event that a catastrophe befell the Capitol.

Natural gas — “if extracted safely” is “the bridge fuel” that can power the economy with a smaller carbon footprint, the president said.

“We’re becoming a global leader in solar, too,” he said.

“Taken together, our energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner, safer planet.  Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth.  But we have to act with more urgency – because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods.”

“But the debate is settled,” Obama said to a Congress that has been unable to enact a new energy bill and has never fully addressed the challenge of global warming. “Climate change is a fact.  And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”

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