On Wednesday, President Obama spoke about energy security during an appearance at Georgetown University. During his speech, the president discussed the crises in North Africa and the Middle East as well as the importance of reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

“The United States of America cannot afford to bet our long-term prosperity, our long-term security on a resource that will eventually run out, and even before it runs out will get more and more expensive to extract from the ground.  We can’t afford it when the costs to our economy, our country, and our planet are so high.  Not when your generation needs us to get this right.  It’s time to do what we can to secure our energy future.” Source: The White House

After the speech, the Obama administration released the Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future (PDF]. This blueprint sets the nation on a path towards a future powered by clean energy. As we move towards this goal, the focus on renewable energy technologies will boost the green jobs market in the United States. More green jobs and easier access to renewable energy – sounds like a great plan to me!

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