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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Obama Plugs DOD’s Renewable Energy Efforts

  • January 24, 2012
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In an attempt to galvanize the nation’s production of energy from alternative sources, President Obama during his State of the Union address announced an initiative to allow the development of clean energy on public lands sufficient to power 3 million homes.

Obama said that DOD, the world’s largest consumer of energy, “will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history — with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year,” according to his prepared remarks.

The initiatives are intended to spur energy innovation in the absence of congressional action on comprehensive climate change legislation, the president said.

Obama Tuesday night also lauded the sacrifice of the nation’s Armed Forces and vowed to “serve them as well as they served us.” To help military veterans find jobs, he proposed establishing a Veterans Job Corps “that will help our communities hire veterans as cops and firefighters, so that America is as strong as those who defend her,” according to his prepared remarks.

Obama highlighted the work of the First Lady and Jill Biden to help veterans. They have secured pledges from companies to hire 135,000 veterans and family members, he said.

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