President Obama visited the Denver area again today, landing at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora to speak to an audience of active duty military, local energy stakeholders and students from clean energy programs from local schools. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was also in attendance.
The Colorado stop was part of a swing through five states. He has already addressed voters in Iowa, Phoenix and Las Vegas on this trip and will head to Detroit when he leaves Denver.
The President spoke about clean energy in a state that is a leader in switching the government fleet of vehicles to natural gas. Colorado is a large producer of clean coal and natural gas and also has hydroelectric power plants and wind farms.
Buckley Air Force Base was a good choice for the President to address clean energy. One of the top Air Force bases working on photovoltaic solar arrays in the country, the base made a good backdrop for a speech that reinforced the ideas put forth in his State of the Union address.
The speech delivered Tuesday night, promoted using the development of clean energy not only to protect the environment, but to drive job growth. The world’s largest consumer of energy is the Department of Defense.
Denver area voters seem to be split along party lines when it comes to supporting clean energy according to Democracy Corps, a Washington, D.C. group who monitored swing voters in the Denver metro area during the telecast of the State of the Union address. Fifty local residents that the group identified as swing and independent voters were asked to watch the speech and their approval was gauged at various points.
In addition to being enthusiastic about points on clean energy, the local group scored the President highly on funding education and the paying of a fair share of taxes by the rich.
The idea of Air Force One landing at Buckley Air Force Base to allow the Commander in Chief to speak to active duty military personnel and thank them for their service seems to have angered the Colorado GOP. In a press conference held today in Denver, Jefferson County Rep. Robert Ramires of Westminister said “He is here today, promising our military new energy resources, those mostly of green energy but he’s not willing to talk to all of us.”
Do you think that clean energy will be one of the main factors that influences how Denver area residents will vote in the 2012 elections? Do you feel that jobs will be created in the clean energy field?