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By Samuel R. Avro on Aug 17, 2010 with 8 responses

Obama: Clean Energy Policy Will Lead to 800,000 Jobs in 2 Years

As election season heats up, Obama took on Republicans who he says would rather “stand on the sidelines” than do what’s necessary to create jobs.

President Barack Obama tours the ZBB Manufacturing Facility in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and is shown the battery making process by ZBB President and CEO Eric Apfelback, left, and ZBB employee Lonnie Mages, August 16, 2010. (White House Photo/Chuck Kennedy)

While visiting a Wisconsin battery plant that he touted as the future of renewable energy in America, US President Barack Obama predicted that his administration’s clean energy policies will create 800,000 jobs in the next two years.

The President also harshly criticized political opponents who blocked some of his administration’s policies in Congress.

“There are folks in Washington right now who think we should abandon our efforts to support clean energy,” Obama told the crowd at ZBB Energy Corporation’s manufacturing facility. “They’ve made the political calculation that it’s better to stand on the sidelines than work as a team to help American businesses and American workers.”

Obama toured ZBB Energy Corporation’s manufacturing facility, which received $1.3 million in Recovery Act State Energy Program loans in order to fund a $4.5 million factory renovation to triple their capacity to manufacture flow batteries and power systems.

President Barack Obama speaks to workers following a tour at ZBB Energy Corporation in Menomonee Falls, Wis. ZBB is a leader in the design and manufacture of advanced energy-storage products. August 16, 2010. (White House Photo/Chuck Kennedy)

“We expect our commitment to clean energy to lead to more than 800,000 jobs by 2012,” Obama declared. “And that’s not just creating work in the short term, that’s going to help lay the foundation for lasting economic growth.”

The advanced zinc bromide flow batteries and intelligent control platforms manufactured by ZBB, are crucial components to building a smart energy grid and expanding the commercialization of electric vehicles. They allow users to cut costs by shifting energy use to off-peak hours and bank intermittent sources of energy like the sun and wind for future use.

Obama highlighted the major advances America has made in battery technology in just a few short years. “I just want everybody to understand –just a few years ago, American businesses could only make 2 percent of the world’s advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles — 2 percent.  In just a few years, we’ll have up to 40 percent of the world’s capacity.”

  1. By Wendell Mercantile on August 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    “We expect our commitment to clean energy to lead to more than 800,000 jobs by 2012,”

     

    That would truly be amazing. Not impossible perhaps, but amazing. 

    As an idea of what that would mean, at its peak, the Manhattan Project employed roughly 200,000 people. Is it really likely that in less than two years, the number of employees in the clean energy business will expand to four times the number of people involved in the Manhattan Project?

    Have we seen any signs there is about to be a crash program in clean energy of a greater magnitude than the Manhattan Project?

     

     

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  2. By Kit P on August 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    “Have we seen any signs there is about to be a crash program in clean energy of a greater magnitude than the Manhattan Project?”

     

    Yes, at the rate O is going the renewable energy industry that Bush created will be dead by 2012.  

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  3. By TheReviewer on August 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    It might create 800,000 jobs, but in the process it will destroy just as many.

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  4. By Oct on October 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    “It might create 800,000 jobs, but in the process it will destroy just as many.”

    Too bad you dont have any data to back up your pointless statement. Oil is slipping away. Who should be building the batteries? The Chinese? LOL Some leader you would make.

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  5. By paul-n on October 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    In just a few years, we’ll have up to 40 percent of the world’s capacity.”

    Clearly, Obama has learned how the “clean energy” business works – make  lots of grand statements about what you “will” do, and make sure there is government funding involved -whether the hoped for goals are ever achieved is irrelevant.

     

    I wish this company well, though I am far from convinced that we need a “smart grid” – smarter government would be much more beneficial.  

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  6. By Frank B. on March 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Theoretically Obama’s goal is not impossible, but somebody first needs to tell him that the “clean energy” he is looking for is geothermal energy, available 24 hours a day and totally independent from wind or sunshine. The US literally sits on the world’s biggest geothermal supply but now would be a good time to raise the technology from infancy to adolescence and create jobs. Because otherwise the Japanese are destined to become this technology’s world leader, given their recent horrible experience with nuclear power.

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  7. By paul-n on March 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    What is wrong with Japan becoming the leader in geothermal energy?  Why does the US need to “prevent” this from happening?

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  8. By Cyrous Khoshroo on May 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Excited stuff, lets see what happens

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