In his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out a Blueprint for an America Built to Last, underscoring his commitment to an all-of-the-above approach that develops every available source of American energy. The President’s plan calls for the safe and responsible development of domestic oil and natural gas resources, support for a wide range of clean energy technologies, and new initiatives to increase the energy efficiency of the industrial sector to make American manufacturing more competitive. For more information about President’s plan, take a look at our fact sheet.
A few days after the State of the Union Address, the President took to the road to highlight how natural gas can play a larger role in our transportation sector. The President visited Las Vegas, Nevada to tour a UPS depot that hosts natural gas-powered trucks. The depot is less than a mile from a new natural gas refueling station in Las Vegas, which was developed jointly by the Department of Energy, South Coast Air Quality Management District, UPS, and Clean Energy Fuels. The new refueling station will make it possible for trucks to drive from Long Beach to Salt Lake City, powered entirely by American natural gas.
The President also traveled to Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado to talk about his “all-of-the above” energy strategy. The President underscored his commitment to clean energy and discussed the Administration’s plans to: expand the development of renewable energy on public lands; push for a Clean Energy Standard: and work with the Department of Defense to purchase enough clean energy to power 250,000 homes a year. The President also emphasized the importance of improving energy efficiency by helping manufacturers and businesses upgrade their facilities, which could save the U.S. manufacturing sector $100 billion over the next decade.
These actions represent just a snapshot of the Administration’s efforts to promote clean energy.