On Friday, President Obama toured Argonne National Lab in Illinois where he delivered remarks outlining his blueprint for a clean and secure energy future. The President highlighted the technological breakthroughs happening at Argonne National Lab as an example of the type of scientific innovation that would be supported by the Energy Security Trust Fund he called on Congress to create in his 2013 State of the Union address.
The Energy Security Trust is one way to continue building upon the President’s all-of-the-above American energy strategy, an approach geared towards reducing our dependence on foreign oil, creating high-paying American jobs, saving money at the pump, and making the United Stares the unrivaled leader in clean energy. The Energy Security Trust would take revenues from oil and gas development on federal lands to fund research and technological advancements that will wean cars and trucks off oil for good. By using $2billion over the next decade, the Energy Security Trust will fund research into efficient technologies allowing vehicles to run on electricity, American biofuels, fuel cells, and natural gas.
President Obama spoke to the important partnership role our federal government has to play in scientific innovation if we want to continue to lead in cutting edge technological breakthroughs.
The President said:
“We can do this. The nature of America’s miraculous rise has been our drive, our restless spirit, our willingness to reach out to new horizons, our willingness to take risks, our willingness to innovate. We are not satisfied just because things — this is how things have been. We’re going to try something that maybe we just imagine now, but if we work at ti, we’ll achieve it. That’s the nature of America. That’s what Argonne National Lav is about. That’s what this facility is about.”
“Well, imagine all the ideas right now with all of these young scientists and engineers that 20 years ago — or 20 years from now will be offering solutions to our problems that we cant’s even comprehend — as long as we’re still funding these young scientists and engineers; as long as the pipeline for research is maintained; as long as recognize there are somethings we do together as a country because individually we can’t do it — and, by the way, the private sector on its own will not invest in this research because it’s too expensive. It’s too risky. They can’t afford it in terms of their bottom lines. ”
“So we’ve got to support it. Asn we’ll all benefit from it, and our kids will benefit from it, and our grandkids will benefit fromit. That’s who we are. Taht’s been the American story.”
“We don’t stand still, we look forward. We invent. We turn new ideas into new industries. We change the way we can live our lives here at home and around the world. That’s how we sent a man to the moon. That’s how we invented the internet.”