While it was heartening to hear Obama propose eliminating tax cuts for oil companies because, “we just can’t afford it,” these revenues will seem like petty cash if billions of dollars in incentives, loan guarantees and research funds are funneled to big oil/gas/power companies to secure enough support for legislation.
The clearest refrain of the night was jobs, jobs, jobs, and the president called for Congress to quickly send him a jobs bill. It’s vitally important that a final jobs bill contain incentives and provisions for investment in clean energy jobs to help America remain competitive with China, India and Germany which the president cited as “nations not standing still. These nations aren’t playing for second place.”
We shouldn’t be prepared to accept second place or even third or fourth place. It is past time for Congress to lead on this issue. The American people and our economy are waiting.
Since 2006 Jennifer has worked with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund to to advance stronger federal, state, and utility clean…