ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:
In his weekly address, President Obama blasts the Republicans’ “Pledge to America” for proposing to scrap incentives for clean energy projects.
“In the pledge they recently released, the Republican leadership is promising to scrap all the incentives for clean energy projects, including those currently underway – even with all the jobs and potential that they hold,” Obama said.
That doesn’t make sense for the economy, he said, nor to Americans looking for jobs.
“To go backwards and scrap these plans means handing the competitive edge to China and other nations," he said. "It means that we’ll grow even more dependent on foreign oil. And, at a time of economic hardship, it means forgoing jobs we desperately need.”
To highlight that point, the president touted the development of a company called BrightSource in the Mojave Desert with plans to break ground on a new type of solar power plant because of clean energy investments the administration launched.
“It’s going to put about 1,000 people to work building a state-of-the-art facility," Obama said. "And when it’s complete, it will turn sunlight into the energy that will power up to 140,000 homes –- the largest such plant in the world. Not in China. Not in India. But in California.”
The president said that projects like that one stake the nation’s claim at leadership in the global economy.
Republicans, in responding to the president's address, countered that their "pledge" only calls to cancel unspent stimulus funds, not all incentives for clean energy projects.
“House Republicans’ ‘all of the above’ energy plan would actually put more money into renewable technologies, paid for by the oil industry," said Michael Steel, spokesman to House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, in a prepared statement, "Everyone knows that the president’s trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ didn’t work, by the standards his own administration set. False attacks won’t distract the American people asking, ‘Where are the jobs?’ when it is clear the president has no new answers.”