Just a few weeks into 2016, renewable energy is already a hot topic in the news. In President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address, he talked about important issues for the United States. Among these issues, the president focused on climate change and noted that America "should invest in the future."
Other takeaways from the address:
1. There is a critical need for clean energy.
The U.S. military, the majority of America's business leaders and citizens, as well as almost all of the scientific community agree that climate change is a problem. The president noted this, along with the fact that 2014 and 2015 were the hottest years on record in his evidence for why there is a critical need for clean energy. He also focused on the opportunity this need surfaces.
"Why would we want to pass up the chance for American businesses to produce and sell the energy of the future?" he asked.
2. Renewables are paying off.
Seven years ago, the United States made a historical investment in clean energy. This investment has paid off.
"In fields from Iowa to Texas, wind power is now cheaper than dirtier, conventional power," President Obama said. "On rooftops from Arizona to New York, solar is saving Americans tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills, and employs more Americans than coal — in jobs that pay better than average."
3. We've still got a long way to go.
While the United States has come a long way in terms of adopting renewables, there's still a lot of work to be done. The president noted the huge potential in continuing and growing investment and innovation in clean energy.
"The jobs we'll create, the money we'll save, and the planet we'll preserve — that's the kind of future our kids and grandkids deserve," he said.
Environmental issues impact us all, and the president's address has everyone buzzing about the renewable energy industry in the United States.