Obama Sets Sights on Energy Efficiency

Originally published by: White HouseFebruary 13, 2013

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Last week President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union Address since his reelection, during which he laid out his priorities for 2013 and the first portion of his second term. During his speech the President called for a greater focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to help prepare students for current and future jobs, and called on Congress to work with him to address the looming the effects of the across-the-board spending cuts, also known as sequestration, which is scheduled to begin on March 1, 2013, unless Congress and the White House act.

The President also issued a new goal: to cut commercial and residential energy waste in half over the next 20 years. President Obama stated that his administration would work with states to accomplish this goal, and would provide federal support to the states that have “the best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings”. Additional details on the President’s proposals are expected in the months to come.

Audio and visual of the President’s speech, including the complete text of his remarks, can be found at http://1.usa.gov/XP6b5w.

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