Washington, D.C., July 16, 2009 — President Barack Obama, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and other administration officials met with energy executives to discuss the economic opportunity of clean energy. President Obama and Secretary Chu hosted the 90-minute roundtable to solicit input from energy leaders on how to grow the economy by creating green jobs.
The event, which included executives from Florida Power & Light Company, General Electric, Positive Energy and Cree Lighting, was intended to provide feedback for the Obama Administration in formulating the right policy to spur economic growth.
Amid declining employment figures, green energy represents one of the few bright spots in the new administration’s economic outlook. President Obama noted after the meeting, “Energy is one of the pillars of this new (economic) foundation. Even as we face tough economic times, the CEO’s here told me they’re looking to hire new people. In some cases, even double or triple over the next few years. These companies are the vivid example of some kind of future we can create.”