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Obama's Weekly Address: Clean Energy Jobs are the Jobs of the Future

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Speaking in his weekly address on Saturday, President Obama said that although the economy wasn’t the main news story of the past week, he remains focused on the issue.

Speaking from the Allison Transmissions plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, the president said he chose to visit the facility because it was a place where workers were doing "big and impressive things.”

“The clean energy jobs at this plant are the jobs of the future – jobs that pay well right here in America,” Obama said. “And in the years ahead, it’s clean energy companies like this one that will keep our economy growing, create new jobs, and make sure America remains the most prosperous nation in the world.”

President Obama said while there are no quick fixes to the problem of rising gas prices, the government is doing its part to boost safe and responsible oil production here in the U.S.
“…over the long term, the only way we can avoid being held hostage to the ups and downs of oil prices is if we reduce our dependence on oil,” said. “That means investing in clean, alternative sources of energy, like advanced biofuels and natural gas.”

Obama said cutting investment in clean energy is not something that he supported.

“I absolutely agree that the only way we’ll be able to afford the things we need is by cutting the things we don’t and living within our means. But I refuse to cut investments like clean energy that will help us out-innovate and out-compete the rest of the world.”

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