Among the many issues covered by the President in last night’s State of the Union address one theme crept throughout President Obama’s narrative; jobs and his desire to put Americans back to work and the American economy back on track. Well, President Obama is in luck because the American energy industry has some good news…not that it is necessarily “new” news since industry has been telling anyone and everyone who would listen. Has the President not been listening? That is a topic that deserves its own discussion.
Last night the President said, “And no area is more ripe for such innovation than energy. You can see the results of last year’s investments in clean energy -– in the North Carolina company that will create 1,200 jobs nationwide helping to make advanced batteries; or in the California business that will put a thousand people to work making solar panels.” That is 3,200 jobs, and that is good news. I wholeheartedly support any and all efforts to provide work to Americans who need it. However, ongoing efforts by his party and cabinet are putting tens of thousands of existing and countless more potential jobs in jeopardy.