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President Highlights Energy in SOTU Address

January 25, 2012

Last night President Obama addressed members of Congress, special guests and the American public in his third State of the Union speech. The President outlined his proposals to improve the economy, reform the tax code, and develop American energy.

The President began his remarks on energy by seeking middle ground and calling for an “all-of-the-above” approach. He supported the development of natural gas so long as companies disclose the chemical solutions used in the hydraulic fracturing process. Mr. Obama claimed that the continued development of natural gas could create more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade.

Although he acknowledged that it is unlikely that a comprehensive energy bill would pass this year, President Obama asked Congress to pass a Clean Energy Standard which would require electric utilities to obtain 80% from renewable sources and natural gas by 2035.

President Obama receive 17 standing ovations during his speech. The longest and most enthusiastic ovation of the night, however, was reserved for retiring Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) who has inspired everyone with her courageous recovery from wounds sustained in the service of her country.

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