As you may know, the beginning of October marks the beginning National Energy Awareness Month, a national effort to underscore how central energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. In commemoration of National Energy Awareness Month, the Obama Administration is kicking off a month of clean energy events and activities. Senior administration officials from across the federal government will be highlighting the work they are doing to position our country for a sustainable future, create new clean energy jobs and lay the foundation for our long-term economic security. Check out the current calendar of events, and be sure to check back often as more events are added.
Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have taken unprecedented steps to build a clean energy economy in this country. We’ve invested over $90 billion in clean energy technology through the Recovery Act. We worked with the automotive industry and the environmental community to set new tough new fuel-economy standards and the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks. And the federal government itself -- one of the largest consumers of energy in the country, is leading by example by cutting its carbon footprint and finding creative ways to go green.
While we have made important progress in building a clean energy economy in this country, there is still much more work to be done. We must continue to invest in the wind, solar, biofuels, clean coal and other clean energy technologies as well as energy efficiency to create jobs of the future and compete in the global marketplace. And we must redouble our efforts to pass comprehensive energy legislation that reduces our dependence on foreign oil, creates a new generation of homegrown clean energy jobs, and cuts pollution to reduce the risks posed by climate change.
Learn more about President Obama‘s commitment to making our nation the leader in the clean energy economy and take a look at some of the National Energy Awareness Month events coming up in the next week. To learn more about these events, check out the calendar.
Friday, October 1
Monday, October 4
Tuesday October 5
Wednesday October 6
Thursday October 7
Friday October 8