I was, admittedly, a bit disappointed in the rather vague mentions of American energy policy in President Barack Obama’s most recent State of the Union address — especially given his strong emphasis on securing a long-term energy future in State of the Union speeches past.
And though the President did note that America is “freer to write our own energy future than any other nation on earth”, telling Congress that “it’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years and for decades to come” during his address last week, Obama’s message seemed to lack the visionary scope of his “all-of-the-above” strategy unveiled during the 2012 State of the Union.
Whether a harbinger of the lame duck period preceding the 2016 Presidential Election or not, Obama’s statement that “over the past six years, we’ve done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy to the way we use it” seems more a reflection on past successes than a promise to maintain their momentum.
Just a couple quick thoughts on what I would have like to have heard:
- A strong affirmation that the United States is committed to further developing the renewable sector, even in the last two years of the current administration;
- Less ambiguity in citing green energy as a means of combating climate change over the past six years; and
- Mention of the numerous initiatives being undertaken by the Department of Energy to fund innovation and determine long-term strategies for cultivating a number of renewable sectors.
What did you think about the President’s State of the Union address, hydropower community?