Happy Earth Day

Apr 22, 2009 9:39am

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report:

On this Earth Day, President Obama heads to Newton, Iowa where he will make the case that energy investments are job-creators.

The argument will be demonstrated with a tour — in a former Maytag plant — of the local branch of Trinity Structural Towers, which manufactures towers for wind energy production.

When Whirlpool Corp. purchased Maytag Corporation in 2006, it announced plans to shutter the former Maytag HQ.

Newton has been hurting since then.

Especially hooked political junkies will remember that before the January 2008 Iowa caucus, the campaign of then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., tried to link Newton’s pain to decisions made by a hedge fund for which former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, worked.

After a tour of the factory, the White House says, "President Obama will deliver remarks discussing components of his comprehensive energy plan, which include promoting clean energy innovation to help end our dependence on foreign oil, creating millions of new jobs, and preventing the worst consequences of climate change."

Also today, at the White House, the Big 3 American automakers (such as they are) are driving over some of their fuel efficient models to the White House.

The procurement folks at the White House who need to update the fleet of White House vehicles will be "raising the hood and kicking the tires" to see which ones they would like to add to the fleet.

– Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

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