Obama State of the Union: 80% of US Should Run on Clean Energy by 2035

Did you watch the 2011 State of the Union Address last night? It doesn't matter what party you're from to get inspired by President Obama's goal to have 80% of the United States running on clean energy by 2035:
The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation. ...

We'll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology -- an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.

Already, we are seeing the promise of renewable energy. Robert and Gary Allen are brothers who run a small Michigan roofing company. After September 11th, they volunteered their best roofers to help repair the Pentagon. But half of their factory went unused, and the recession hit them hard.

Today, with the help of a government loan, that empty space is being used to manufacture solar shingles that are being sold all across the country. In Robert's words, "We reinvented ourselves."

That's what Americans have done for over two hundred years: reinvented ourselves. And to spur on more success stories like the Allen Brothers, we've begun to reinvent our energy policy. We're not just handing out money. We're issuing a challenge. We're telling America's scientists and engineers that if they assemble teams of the best minds in their fields, and focus on the hardest problems in clean energy, we'll fund the Apollo Projects of our time.
Pretty inspiring, right?

What about getting 80% of Americans practicing yoga?!

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