Building a clean energy economy in this country is one of President Obama’s top priorities. As National Energy Awareness Month - a national effort to underscore how central energy policy is to our national prosperity, security, and environment – draws to a close, I wanted to highlight some of the events and announcements from the Administration that are helping us build a clean energy economy.
We’re installing solar panels on the White House, building the largest solar energy power plant in the world on our public lands, and proposing the first-ever greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty cars and trucks. All told, the Administration held and made over 140 energy-related events and announcements this month. Below are just a few of the highlights, but you can see the full calendar of events here.
Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have invested over $90 billion in clean energy technology through the Recovery Act, advanced new fuel-economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars, light trucks and heavy duty trucks, and lead by example by cutting the federal government’s own carbon footprint. But there is still much work to be done. We will continue to invest in clean energy technologies and energy efficiency to create jobs and compete in the global marketplace.