Coal Tattoo


President Barack Obama speaks at an event about energy security, Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Obama’s energy speech today focused on his proposal to open vast off-shore areas to oil drilling.

But in the speech, the president gave another nod to “clean coal technologies” being part of America’s energy future:

We’re here to talk about America’s energy security, an issue that’s been a priority for my administration since the day I took office.  Already, we’ve made the largest investment in clean energy in our nation’s history.  It’s an investment that’s expected to create or save more than 700,000 jobs across America — jobs manufacturing advanced batteries for more efficient vehicles; upgrading the power grid so that it’s smarter and it’s stronger; doubling our nation’s capacity to generate renewable electricity from sources like the wind and the sun.

But we have to do more.  We need to make continued investments in clean coal technologies and advanced biofuels.  A few weeks ago, I announced loan guarantees to break ground on America’s first new nuclear facility in three decades, a project that will create thousands of jobs.  And in the short term, as we transition to cleaner energy sources, we’ve still got to make some tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development in ways that protect communities and protect coastlines.