Obama’s Clean Energy Speech at MIT

Posted on October 23, 2009. Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , |

President Obama spoke to students at MIT today about clean energy development in the United States. The brief speech focused on the importance of research and development of new energy technologies in order for the US to be competitive and play a leading role in the global shift away from petroleum. The President applauded the state of Massachusetts leadership in promoting clean energy and described the development of a new wind turbine at MIT that was made possible due to federal and state investment.

Overall, the speech framed the issue of clean energy development as an imperative, rather than a choice for the US economy- not only for recovering from the recession, but for emerging from the downturn as a leader.

Check out MIT’s alum blog for more about the event and the MIT Energy Initiative to learn about the school’s clean energy research.

Updated 10/27: The New York Times take on the issue. This article features my favorite part of the speech, a great example of Obama’s classically elegant rhetoric:

There is also another myth we must dispel…And it is one far more dangerous than any attack made by those who wish to stand in the way of progress — and that’s the idea that there is little or nothing we can do. That is the pessimistic notion that our politics are too broken and our people too unwilling to make hard choices. Implicit in this argument is the sense that we’ve lost something important — that fighting American spirit, that willingness to tackle hard challenges and the determination to see those challenges to their end.”

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