State of the Union: Has Obama Kept His Promises on Energy and the Environment?

Written by | January 28, 2014 | 0

President Barack Obama heads to the U.S. Capitol Tuesday to deliver his 2014 State of the Union Address. Energy and the environment have figured prominently in each of his five addresses so far, but how well has he followed through on his promises?

U.S. News & World Report decided to take a look. Read on to check out the guide, then check back Tuesday morning for a preview of the energy and environment topics Obama is expected to bring up in his address that evening.

2009: 

“Double this nation’s supply of renewable energy in the next three years”: Pass. The country’s renewable energy capacity was 43.5 gigawatts in 2009. Doubling it would have meant increasing it to 87 gigawatts by 2012. While the U.S. just missed that goal by coming in 1.3 gigawatts shy, according to areport by Bloomberg, the administration essentially matched its stated objective. We give this one a pass.

“Invest $15 billion a year to develop technologies like wind power and solar power; advanced biofuels, clean coal, and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks built right here in America”: Uncertain. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act alone, tens of billions were invested in clean energy efforts, but it’s unclear how the administration would break down that figure by year.

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