Obama Delivers State of the Union, Focuses on Energy Security, Economic Mobility and Inequality

01/29/2014 -

“Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all.” 

-President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address
On January 28, 2014 President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address renewing his commitment to job creation, clean energy and reducing the economic inequality gap.

“The United States is better-positioned for the 21st century than any other nation on Earth,” the president said, vowing to increase manufacturing jobs, set higher fuel efficiency standards for vehicles and advance his clean energy strategy.

Obama said “America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades,” citing the United States as a leader in solar energy. The president emphasized the importance of energy independence, but acknowledged "the shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way." 

Learn more about the link between clean energy and national security at  Pew’s Project on National Security, Energy & Climate

In addition to addressing the issue of clean energy, the president lauded First Lady Michelle Obama’s work with the Let’s Move partnership to help reduce childhood obesity rates and health care costs. 

Learn more about healthy school foods at  Pew’s Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project

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