Statement from The Wilderness Society on President Obama’s State of the Union address

Jan 25, 2011

"We agree with the president that there is nothing free in the marketplace of ideas – we must make investments today to be competitive tomorrow.

“And tomorrow’s technologies need money we are using today to help line the pockets of big oil companies – even in this economy, they remain some of the most profitable companies in the world.

“The president is right. We must do more than just nurture ideas, we have to put policies in place to ensure renewable energy companies have a market waiting for these technologies. To be effective, this standard must be promote fuels that are as green as they are clean – and that means harnessing the power of the sun and wind and heat of the earth. 

“This market must be guided by a commitment to put facilities in the right places. Our transition to a more sustainable energy economy should tread lightly on our public lands, safeguarding the rich diversity of wild lands and wildlife that make this country great.”

Chase Huntley is the energy and climate change policy advisor at The Wilderness Society.