(CNSNews.com) - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said the Obama administration does “not have a choice” but to move forward with its “clean energy program,” despite two wars, “the gridlock of Congress” and “the very difficult economic time.” He also said the
“Some people in these difficult times would say, ‘How can you take on these bold new initiatives and stay focused? How can you deal with the fact that there are two wars that we as the
“And some people might say, when you look at the gridlock of Congress and the passing of energy legislation, ‘How is it that you can continue to move forward?,'” he said.
“Well, my answer to all of them is a simple answer, and that is, we do not have a choice,” said Salazar.
The clean energy program, according to the Interior Department, is “a series of renewable energy projects” that “would provide thousands of
“We must do it if we want to secure the economic future of America; if we want to secure the national security of the United States; if we want to create jobs here in America and maintain control of our future, we do not have a choice,” said Salazar. “And that is why the president has been resolute and so determined that we will move forward with this clean energy future for
Salazar mentioned President Barack Obama several times in his remarks.
“President Obama understands that the jobs of tomorrow are in clean energy,” said Salazar.
He later added, “As President Obama has said: It's a win-win. Good for the environment, great for the economy.”
Salazar also described where “clean energy jobs” are being created in
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Secretary Salazar stressed the importance of wind energy during his remarks.
”If we fully pursue our potential for wind energy on land and offshore, wind can generate as much as 20 percent of our electricity by 2030 and create a quarter-million jobs in the process,” he said.
Salazar also said the Department of Interior has a “major role to play” in the “transformation of our nation’s future.”
“As the department that oversees one-fifth of the nation’s land and 1.7 billion acres of Outer Continental Shelf, we have a major role to play in the transformation of our nation’s energy future,” he said.