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Obama Promotes His Energy Policies in Boulder City

By Isabelle Guzman

Last Wednesday, March 21st, President Barack Obama began a four-state tour to promote his energy policies.  He chose to kick off this tour with his 8th visit to Nevada since taking office.

After landing at McCarran International Airport, Mr. President was greeted by Clark County Commissioner, Susan Brager. He then made his way to the small, select crowd that was waiting.  He shook a few hands and exchanged greetings with the people present for a few minutes before entering his limousine and making his way to Boulder City’s Copper Mountain Solar 1.  Being the largest photovoltaic solar facility in the nation, Copper Mountain Solar 1 offered the perfect backdrop for the President to showcase his views and policies on the renewable clean energy that is solar power.

The President was given a quick tour of the plant, and then made his speech.  He began with a few formal thank-you’s and reaffirmed to the crowd and the nation, the importance of developing and exploiting cleaner sources of energy. He stated that he would double the efforts to boost the solar industry.  The President made it clear that solar power is just one piece of what he calls his “all-of-the-above” strategy.  He sustained that he would not back down on pouring more funds into the solar industry, reminding people that new technological payoffs do not always come right away. “Sometimes, you need a jump-start to make it happen. That’s been true with every innovation we’ve ever had,” Obama said. In a quick nod to the Solyndra situation, the President stated that, “Some companies will fail; some companies will succeed.”

President Obama pointed out that it’s been said that things needed to change, regarding energy, for at least the last 30 years and that it was now time to see it change. He stated that by maximizing the use of every possible energy source and by developing new technologies, our nation would reduce its dependency on foreign oil.