Sen. Barack Obama Tours PV Powered Facility in Oregon

U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) campaigned in Oregon over the weekend as part of the lead up to the state’s Democratic Presidential Primary on May 20. Part of his trip included a tour of PV Powered’s manufacturing facility in Bend, Oregon.

Sen. Obama called PV Powered and other renewable energy companies the “workshop of the future” and pledged to invest US $150 billion over 10 years in renewable energy, a figure that could help create 5 million new jobs. He also criticized presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Sen. John McCain’s stance on energy policy and renewable energy.

“He [Sen. McCain] voted repeatedly against mandates to ensure that we use more renewable energy and a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) continues to be blocked in part because people like John McCain aren’t interested in it…In my proposals, I’ve called for a replication of what’s being done right here in Oregon, a 25% RPS for the entire nation. That’s why I have consistently urged that we go ahead and pass the 30% investment tax credit that is so important for making sure that companies like PV Powered continue to prosper and thrive,” Sen. Obama said.

To see Sen. Obama’s speech, play the video below.

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