Obama criticizes renewable energy opponents

US President Barack Obama accuses fossil fuel beneficiaries and other renewable energy sector opponents of trying to restrict access to renewable energy sources

Courtesy of: Reuters
Courtesy of: Reuters

US President Obama at the Annual National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada

US President Barack Obama made a speech at a green energy conference in Las Vegas on Monday criticizing the fossil fuel sector and other opponents of his renewable energy policies.

In the speech President Obama said his renewable energy policies are the future and said “America believes in the future.” 

The president criticised major Republican Party donors Charles and David Koch.

He said, "It's one thing if you're consistent in being free market," and added "It's another thing when you're free market until it's solar that's working and people want to buy and suddenly you're not for it anymore. That's a problem." 

The president said that “solar is not just for the green crowd any more, it’s for the green-eyeshade crowd too.” 

Obama went on to compare people who claim adopting green energy would cripple America's economy with people who deny climate change and reject scientific data. He said that fossil fuel and utility beneficiaries have been lobbying the state legislators to block renewable energy policies by arguing that the industry should be left to the free market.

Nevada Democratic senator and host of the annual energy conference Harry Reid is also a frequent critique of the Koch brothers, portraying them as self-serving oil tycoons who pay large amounts to buy elections for the advancement of their agendas at the expense of the American people.

At the conference President Obama announced new executive measures and further efforts intended to make it easier for homeowners and businesses to participate in green energy which previously may have been unfeasible and excessive.

The new policies are intended to enlarge the use of energy improvement loans and facilitate the building of clean energy plants.

Obama’s plan is to cut America’s carbon emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent over the next ten years to battle climate change and inspire other nations to do the same.

However, Utah Republican Representative Rob Bishop - who is the chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources - stated that the President’s policies would increase the costs and decrease the options of all Americans and most importantly disadvantaged communities.