Double dose of Spinach today! Don’t you love it? It’s a big day worthy of big Spinach action.
For tonight at 9 p.m., President Obama will deliver his third State of the Union address. While the talking points released by White House Leg Affairs promise a speech packed with hopes for job creation and economic recovery, greens can expect some mentioning of issues near and dear to our hearts. So we here at Spinach recommend tuning in. Besides, Glee is a re-run anyways (hat tip to Patrick Reis with POLITICO’s Morning Energy).
So what exactly is in store for Spinach lovers? Unfortunately, our intell tells us that the President won’t be offering up much to satisfy your recommended daily green intake. Where energy gets mentioned, it will be in form of domestic energy sources. This will get woven into the report recently released by the President’s Jobs Council which called for, among other things, an “all-in” strategy on energy supply and “smart” regulatory reforms. The “all-in” strategy will hone in on some clean and not so much green energies, and not for the sake of protecting human health, the environment, or mitigating climate change; rather, the calls for clean will come in by way of its ability to create jobs. Which is good, but it only tells half the story.
On the note of regulatory reforms, we may see the President offer some light defense of the EPA and their promulgated regulations. We may hear a mention of Keystone, too (our sources are mixed on whether or not this will be the case—we’re taking bets so place yours with a comment).
There are some numbers we bet he’ll use to take some good shots at Republicans. For example: the increase in domestic oil and gas production; the drop in oil imports; the rise in oil and gas permitting and leasing on federal lands.
He is also expected to take this opportunity to put in another plug for plug-in electrics and the production take credits that expire at the end of this year (for more information on PTCs, stay tuned for an upcoming piece on the all-important energy tax provisions and their expiration dates). For those of you who are familiar and want to take action, the Union of Concerned Scientists is providing a good means for you to do so. Click here.
Finally, there is always that rumor that a clean energy standard may make its way into his remarks. If it does, don’t expect that it will go any further than his remarks. While Senator Bingamen, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has long-favored a CES, there are other issues that will take precedence during this next session of what promises to be an eventful (read: unproductive per usual) Congress.
Don’t despair, however. There won’t be any mentioning of health care. So take a little bit of solace in that.
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