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 ~The following is slightly edited from whitehouse.com My comments are enclosed in ~

"So we have a choice to make.  We can remain one of the world's leading importers of foreign oil, or we can make the investments that would allow us to become the world's leading exporter of renewable energy.  We can let climate change continue to go unchecked, or we can help stop it.  We can let the jobs of tomorrow be created abroad, or we can create those jobs right here in America and lay the foundation for lasting prosperity."

Progress

  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included more than $80 billion in clean energy investments that will jump-start our economy and build the clean energy jobs of tomorrow:
    • $11 billion for a bigger, better, and smarter grid that will move renewable energy from the rural places it is produced to the cities where it is mostly used, as well as for 40 million smart meters to be deployed in American homes. ~Can someone explain how the smart meters will do anything other than send money to Chinese who will build the smart meters?~
    • $5 billion for low-income home weatherization projects.
    • $4.5 billion to green federal buildings and cut our energy bill, saving taxpayers billions of dollars.
    • $6.3 billion for state and local renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts.
    • $600 million in green job training programs – $100 million to expand line worker training programs ~OJT = on the job training?~ and $500 million for green workforce training. ~presently unemployed?~
    • $2 billion in competitive grants to develop the next generation of batteries to store energy.
  • Increasing, for the first time in more than a decade, the fuel econ... for Model Year 2011 for cars and trucks so they will get better mileage, saving drivers money and spurring companies to develop more innovative products. ~if significant improvement is expected in the next 6 months = 2011 models will on the assembly line, that will insure no profit for USA manufacturers who are behind the curve on better mileage~
  • The President issued a memorandum to the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances, like dishwashers and refrigerators. Through this step, over the next three decades, we’ll save twice ~seems over optimistic even at double the price of the appliances. We are going to replace $10 motors with motors that presently cost $1000 each?~ the amount of energy produced by all the coal-fired power plants in America in any given year.
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  • On Earth Day 2009, the President unveiled a program to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally ~that could easily double the cost of the electricity delivered~ sound and safe manner. ~Outer = 80?+ miles of HVDC = high voltage direct current cable. Did HVDC get any funding?~

Guiding Principles

To take this country in a new direction, the President is working with Congress to pass comprehensive legislation to protect our nation from the serious economic and strategic risks associated with our reliance on foreign oil.  Policies to advance energy and climate security should promote economic recovery efforts, accelerate job creation ~are any shovels moving today = shovel ready?~ and drive clean energy manufacturing by: 

  • Creating new Jobs in the Clean Energy Economy. Drive the development of new, green jobs that pay well and cannot ~That will add at least 10% to the cost of these projects~ be outsourced.
  • Investing in the Next Generation of Energy Technologies. Invest $150 billion over ten years in energy research and development to transition to a clean energy economy. ~Will they decide in 2010 which grants will be approved?~

Securing our Energy Future

Our reliance on oil poses a threat to our economic security.  Over the last few decades, we have watched our economy rise and fall along with the price of a barrel of oil. We must commit ourselves to an economic future in which the strength of our economy is not tied to the unpredictability of oil markets.   We must make the investments in clean energy sources that will curb our dependence on fossil fuels and make America energy independent.

  • Breaking Dependence on Oil. Promote the next generation of cars and trucks and the fuels they run on. ~mostly on hydrogen that is still a decade in the future or on wind turbines and CNG that can be produce at least small results in 2010?~
  • Producing More Energy at Home. Enhance U.S. energy supplies through responsible development of domestic renewable energy, fossil fuels, advanced biofuels and nuclear energy. ~results from USA nuclear are at least a decade in the future~ 
  • Promoting Energy Efficiency. Promote investments in the transportation, electricity, industrial, building and agricultural sectors that reduce energy bills. ~ what might some of those be that won't cost lots of money to even get started?   Neil~

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That money will do nothing for our future if we use imported wind, solar parts stop imports of green tech stuff NOW!!!!!!!!
It is our only chance . Buy american and only american. It is the only thing that will save this country. The last energy bill
was pushed thru by the DNC and Nazi Pelosi before Nobama was elected any one like my self that read this and watched
CSPAN hearings on the bill know there was nothing that promoted our country's energy idependence. No clean coal ,any new drilling was way to far off shore for oil or natural gas, no royalities to states for incentive for drilling and no new nukes . This bill I watched get snuck thru the house and senate. While the rest of you could not wait to vote for some change, a guy with no experience at anything . Hows that change working for you now? Dont be fooled this health care reform is really health care bailout .
I agree. Range of the vehicle will always be less for hydrogen than for CNG = compressed natural gas, unless the hydrogen vehicle is lots more expensive.
Yes we need to transition gradually from imports to domestic production especially essential components and supplies. Cutting off imports too quickly will result is shortages and higher prices. Federal price freeze, and federal management of production will delay the transition as government rarely does anything well.
I don't think our government is capable of writing a health care bill that will benefit hardly anyone in the long or short term. Certainly not the bill being considered at present. Neil
Thanks for the summary post. A sad energy record to date for the Obama presidency. His energy policy is completely at odds from what should be the real goal of energy independence along an economically, environmentally and technologically viable path. After watching him develop our nation's health care policy, I don't have much hope this will improve.

Conservation, ok - it's a drop in the bucket. Newly announced nuclear and the drilling initiative benefits are many years off, as well as modest.

Natural gas as our bridge fuel to future energy technologies remains the most viable option for the transportation sector. The Obama administration remains resistant. It's all american and will create more jobs here at home than any single initiative they could devise in Washington. We can ramp up production and infrastructure needs on the order of years - not decades. Perhaps most important, many of our current transportation vehicles can be converted to utilize it. No need to wait for technology, investment and replacement cycles to see benefits. The fact that it's an extremely clean fuel would seemingly make this option a no-brainer.

Unfortunately, it continues to be pushed out into the future by Washington/Obama. Perhaps a November regime change will help - but I'm skeptical on that as well.

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