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.
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.
“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.”