“With projects like this one, and others across this country, we are staking our claim to continued leadership in the new global economy,” said Obama, defending his policy: “In the pledge they recently released, the Republican leadership is promising to scrap all the incentives for clean energy projects, including those currently underway — even with all the jobs and potential that they hold.”
To support his agenda, Obama pointed out the importance of the Israeli-founded solar energy company BrightSource, with a headquarters in Oakland, CA, and an engineering subsidiary in Jerusalem. BrightSource is about to break ground in the Mojave Desert this month, making it the world’s largest solar power plant, which will employ about 1,000 people. It expects to power up to 140,000 homes with solar power.
Obama says: “The largest such plant in the world is not in China, not in India, but in California. With projects like this one we are staking our claim in the new global economy… that will protect our planet for future generations.”
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