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23 Apr 2009 05:04:08

Obama calls for new era of energy on Earth Day

Obama calls for new era of energy on Earth Day
US president Barack Obama has outlined plans for a "new era of energy exploration in America" at a speech made to coincide with Earth Day.

Speaking during a visit to Des Moines, Iowa, the president urged a renewed focus on energy policy at a time when his green legislation has met resistance in Congress.

He told those in attendance that land-based and offshore wind schemes have the potential to generate as much as 20 percent of total US electricity supply by 2030, creating up to 250,000 jobs in the process.

"The nation that leads the world in creating new sources of clean energy will be the nation that leads the 21st century global economy," Obama said.

"America can be that nation. America must be that nation."

Iowa is one of the US's leading sites for renewable energy schemes such as wind power generation, according to the Guardian newspaper.

Obama delivered his message on April 22nd, as thousands across the US lent their voices to calls for a carbon-free future on the 39th annual Earth Day.

The Department of Energy believes that wind has the power to deliver an 18 percent reduction in the amount of coal consumed across all industries in the US by 2030.

In addition, natural gas consumption levels could be reduced by 11 percent, compared to today.



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