American Energy Independence: Natural Gas, Solar

President Obama discusses new era of renewable energy projects in his State of the Union address.
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Now one of the biggest back doesn't bring more jobs back. Is our commitment to American energy. The all the above. Energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working and today America's closer to energy independence. Then we have been in decades. One of the reasons -- natural gas. If extracted safely. -- the bridge fuel to -- our economy would lessen the carbon pollution that causes climate change. This is planned to invest almost a hundred billion dollars in new factories that use natural gas. All cut -- take to help states get those factories built. And put folks to work. And this congress can help by putting people to work building fueling stations that shift more cars and trucks from foreign oil. Two American natural -- Meanwhile my administration will keep working with the industry to sustain production and jobs growth while strengthening protection of our air. Or water -- Our communities. And while -- it all -- my authority to protect warmer pristine federal lands for future generations. It's not just oil and natural gas production -- -- We're becoming a global leader in solar took. Every four minutes another American home or business -- soul. Every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job cannot be outsourced. Let's continue that progress with a smarter tax policy that stops giving four billion dollars a year to fossil fuel industries -- -- don't need it. So we can invest more and fuels of the future that -- And even as we've increased energy production. We partnered with -- business says builders. And local communities. To reduce the energy we can so. When we rescued our auto makers for example we -- put them to set higher fuel efficiency standards for cars. In the coming months I'll build on that success by setting new standards for our trucks. So we can keep driving down oil imports and what we -- -- the -- And taken together our energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner safer planet. For the past eight years the United States. Has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on earth. We have to act would more urgency. Because changing climate has -- harming western communities struggling with drought. And coastal city is dealing with floods. That's why -- directed my administration to work with states utilities. And others to set new standards on the amount of carbon pollution our power plants are allowed to dump into the air. The shift. The shift to a cleaner energy economy won't happen overnight. And it will require some tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact and -- our children's children look us in the -- and ask. If we did all we could to leave them a safer more stable world. -- new sources of energy I want us to be able to say yes we did.

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