Obama Pushes Green Jobs Initiative at Home Depot

Posted December 15, 2009 at 10:52am

President Barack Obama on Tuesday made his latest pitch for his green jobs initiative, traveling to a Home Depot in Alexandria, Va., to highlight the opportunity for consumers to save by retrofitting their homes.

Obama touted the stimulus as playing a part in moving the country toward greater use of clean energy, which he says creates jobs.

“As a result of the steps that we’ve taken, a major transformation of our economy is under way,— Obama said.

The president cited a memo from Vice President Joseph Biden that detailed the way in which, by 2012, the United States will vastly increase its capacity to use renewable energy. The memo also describes various steps people will be taking in the next three years to make homes more energy efficient.

“Insulation is sexy stuff,— quipped Obama. “Here’s what’s sexy about it: saving money.—

The president said he will call on Congress to provide “new temporary incentives to fund new energy retrofit incentives for their homes.—

Following the event, the president will have lunch at the White House with business leaders representing different parts of the economic “supply chain,— according to the White House. The discussion will focus on ways to create jobs by encouraging home energy efficiency upgrades.