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President Obama Visits Missouri On Main Street Tour

Posted by: Audiegrl

Clean Energy Leadership from the White House to Main Street

President Barack Obama tours a farm with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, left, and Marcia Schachtsiek in Palmyra, Mo., April 28, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Carol Browner~Over the past two days, President Obama traveled to Iowa, Missouri and Illinois as part of his Main Street tour. He witnessed the hardships that Americans are facing from the economic crisis that plagues our nation. However, he also witnessed the possibilities and opportunities for growth that are happening all over the country, through investment in our clean energy economy.

After traveling throughout Iowa, touring a farm and holding a town hall meeting at a Community College, on Wednesday the President headed to Macon, Missouri. Macon is home to the POET Biorefinery, a plant that produces ethanol from crops grown right here in the United States.

President Barack Obama with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, left, tour the POET Biorefining Plant in Macon, Mo., April 28, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Families in Macon and Fort Madison, like many others across this nation, know all-too-well the hardships of this recession. But these towns, and many others across the country, are getting back to their feet – and we are doing all we can to help. Last year we made the largest investment in the clean energy economy in our nation’s history, which is expected to create more than 700,000 jobs by the end of 2012. These are jobs not just in providing the parts and technology to create power from the wind or fuels from the land, but in manufacturing solar panels, in building the wires and mechanics behind our smart meters, in creating next generation batteries – the list goes on.

Other nations realize that the country that leads the clean energy economy will be the country that leads the 21st century global economy. The President is dedicated to making the United States that country – and is inspired by the small towns across rural America that provide the backbone for this effort. Towns like Macon and Fort Madison can be models around this country, and I’m confident one day we’ll look back to these places as some of the engines of this new clean energy future.

As extraordinary the work that towns like Macon and Fort Madison are doing, these plants can’t solve all our energy challenges alone. But their work is a key part of a comprehensive strategy to move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels to one that relies on homegrown fuels and clean energy. And the President knows we can come together on this issue and pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation that will spur a new generation of clean energy industries, create good American jobs, and enhance our energy security.

Carol Browner is the Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.

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President Obama visits Peggy Sue’s Café

President Obama leaves Peggy Sue's Cafe in Monroe City, Mo., with his to-go order of a cheeseburger and fries. (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson)

KTVO3~What would you do if you were enjoying your lunch and in walks the president of the United States?

Well that’s exactly what happened to diners at Peggy Sue’s Cafe in Monroe City.

President Obama made an unexpected stop for lunch a little after 11 Wednesday morning.

Staff was informed they would have a special guest for lunch several minutes prior to the president’s arrival.

Obama mingled with diners and ordered a cheeseburger and fries to go and even picked up the check for everyone at his table.

“I’m on a natural high, I have never felt like this before, I am so wound-up I thought I was just gonna get up and mow the yard today and I feel like I could conquer the world now. So it’s enthralling, it’s awesome,” said Peggy Sue’s Stepdaughter Kayla Klocke.

“I was late coming in and I came across like she did and it’s like ‘Stop! You can’t go!’ I’m like ‘I work here I need to get in,’ and they searched my purse and searched me and then let me in and they were like ‘he’s coming.’ I was like ‘oh my gosh,’” said Peggy Sue’s Café Waitress Jodie Clarkson.

Both women described the president as down to earth and very nice. They said he discussed farming, the military, insurance, and banking with customers.

“I didn’t really have a good impression of the president beforehand but I mean he’s down to earth, he seems like he’s interested especially in the farming industry and helping people, very appreciative of service members for sure there were some outside too that he went straight to them and shook their hands,” said Klocke.

After President Obama left Peggy Sue’s Cafe he crossed the street to speak to employees at an insurance agency.

Peggy Sue said as soon as the secret service sends her the pictures they took she will put them on the wall for everyone to see.

Quincy Herald Whig~President Barack Obama’s unexpected stop at a Monroe City cafe gave hundreds of people a chance to see him, shake hands, show support or show displeasure.

“He was very personable, very congenial,” said Joyce Anderson, office manager at See Real Estate, 216 Main, where the president also stopped.

Obama spent about an hour in town, posing for photos and listening to comments and sharing his views on health care, agriculture, crop insurance and jobs. Some questions were also directed to the Secretary of Agriculture.

“It was a very nice visit,” Beth Garner said.

She said she got to speak with the president for about 15 minutes, sharing her concerns about how health care reform will affect her and her neighbors.

“He sounded like he knew what he was talking about,” she said. “I told him I hope things work out the way he plans.”

Greg Cooper, co-owner of LaRue Insurance Agency, 216 N. Main, was most impressed by what he felt was a the president’s personal concern for the people’s problems.

After responding to his “how are you doing?” with talk of jobs and cutting costs, the closing of one factory and the local takeover of another, “we’re improving,” Cooper told the president.

“Yes, but how are you doing?” he said the president responded.

Lori Summers, 36, of Monroe City, chanted “Yes we can,” in an effort to attract the president’s attention. It worked, as the president stepped back to shake her hand after heading toward the motorcade.

“This is historic. Monroe City is a little town and this is amazing,” said Summers, an African-American who wore a shirt with the president’s picture on it.

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The Winds of Change ~ Cape Wind Farm Project Approved

Posted by: TheLCster

After Years Of Legal Battles, America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Is A Go

AP~The Obama administration has approved what would be the nation’s first offshore wind farm, off Cape Cod, inching the U.S. closer to harvesting an untapped domestic energy source – the steady breezes blowing along its vast coasts.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced his decision Wednesday in Boston, clearing the way for a 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind was in its ninth year of federal review, and Salazar stepped in early this year to bring what he called much-needed resolution to the bitterly contested proposal.

We are beginning a new direction in our nation’s energy future,” Salazar said.

Cape Wind says it can generate power by 2012 and aims to eventually supply three-quarters of the power on Cape Cod, which has about 225,000 residents. Cape Wind officials say it will provide green jobs and a reliable domestic energy source, while offshore wind advocates are hoping it can jump-start the U.S. industry.

America’s onshore wind industry is the world’s largest, but higher upfront costs, tougher technological challenges and environmental concerns have held back the development of offshore wind farms.

Denmark installed the world’s first offshore wind turbine 20 years ago. China has built its first commercial wind farm off Shanghai and plans several other projects.

The U.S. Department of Energy envisions offshore wind farms accounting for 4 percent of the country’s electric generating capacity by 2030.

The Cape Wind Fact Sheet, Project Site Map and the Secretary’s Response to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation are available here or here. More information on the project can be found here.

Seven Must-Know Facts About the Cape Wind Project

  • Cape Wind will be the country’s first offshore wind farm. The US Department Of Energy predicts that offshore wind farms alone will handle 4% of the country’s electricity generating capacity by 2030.
  • The project will be ready to generate power in 2012, and Cape Wind plans on supplying 75% of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Island’s power combined with the clean energy technology. At peak capacity, the project has the capability to meet 4% of the entire New England region’s power needs.
  • When announcing the approval of the offshore wind farm, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said, “With this decision we are beginning a new direction in our Nation’s energy future, ushering in America’s first offshore wind energy facility and opening a new chapter in the history of this region.”
  • The 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound will be no closer than 5 miles to land, and 14 miles away at its furthest. On a clear day, the turbines would only be a half-inch tall on the horizon when viewed from the nearest point of land. The number of turbines have been reduced from an original proposal of 170 to 130 to address concerns about harming views.
  • Cape Wind will create 600 – 1,000 construction jobs and 50 permanent wind power jobs.
  • The United Kingdom and Denmark are the leaders in offshore wind power, though many countries, like Germany, Norway, The Netherlands, and China, have invested in the renewable energy source as well. In 2007, Denmark (who built the first offshore wind farm decades ago) generated 19.7% of their electricity production from their combined wind power farms. That same year, 1.5% of electricity in the UK was generated by wind.
  • The green light for Cape Wind gives a lot of hope to the many other offshore wind farms being proposed in places like Texas, Delaware, and New Jersey. The Department Of The Interior writes, “the project would […..] be one of the largest greenhouse gas reduction initiatives in the nation, cutting carbon dioxide emissions from conventional power plants by 700,000 tons annually. That is equivalent to removing 175,000 cars from the road for a year.”

President Obama Visits Wind Turbine Blade Plant in Iowa

The President visits a Siemens wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Fort Madison, IA on his White House to Main Street tour and speaks about how his Administrations investments in clean energy are creating jobs and new industries.

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