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Obama talks new energy technologies
March 7th, 2012
04:56 PM ET

Obama talks new energy technologies

Mt. Holly, NC (CNN) – President Obama visited the politically important state of North Carolina to release the latest initiative in his strategy to lessen America’s dependence on foreign oil.
In a visit to a Daimler Trucks manufacturing plant in Mt. Holly, North Carolina, he used in clean energy vehicles. The program, the National Community Deployment Challenge, is similar to the administration’s efforts in education called “Race to the Top.”

The initiative is aimed at increasing alternatives to oil and improving fuel efficiency in vehicles. It includes accelerating production of alternative-fuel vehicles and offering a $10,000 discount in the form of a tax credit for purchasers of cars with clean and advanced technology.

“We’ve got to develop every source of American energy - not just oil and gas, but wind power and solar power, nuclear power, biofuels,” he explained. “We need to invest in the technology that will help us use less oil in our cars and our trucks, in our buildings, in our factories. That’s the only solution to the challenge.”

North Carolina, which Mr. Obama narrowly won in his 2008 bid for the presidency, is a key battleground state. It faces an unemployment rate of 10.4%, higher than the national average of 8.3%.

Topics: Energy • North Carolina • President Obama • The News
Bus Tour Stop #4: Millers Creek, North Carolina
October 17th, 2011
05:59 PM ET

Bus Tour Stop #4: Millers Creek, North Carolina

From the bus tour pool report:

President Obama delivered remarks at West Wilkes High School in Millers Creek, North Carolina calling on Congress to pass every element of the American Jobs Act, piece-by-piece, starting with the proposal to prevent teacher layoffs, keep police officers on the beat and keep firefighters on the job.

North Carolina could receive more than $900 million in teacher stabilization funds under the American Jobs Act which would support 13,400 jobs across the state. West Wilkes High School is located in Wilkes County, whose school district would receive an estimated $6.9 million of these funds for teacher jobs.

West Wilkes, a small, rural high school with approximately 700 students and 50 faculty, could benefit from this funding. The school has experienced large increases in class size in core subjects due to the loss of seven teaching positions in the past three years when state and local budgets were cut and educational spending was drastically reduced.  These cuts were part of the 121 classroom and administrative positions the Wilkes County School District lost over the past four years due to budget cuts.

Bus Tour Stop #3: Boone, North Carolina
October 17th, 2011
04:19 PM ET

Bus Tour Stop #3: Boone, North Carolina

From the pool report on the way to Boone, North Carolina:

The president's bus "pulled off the Interstate and began rolling north through small towns on a four-lane state highway. Curious onlookers lined the roadside in front of gas stations, churches, auto dealerships, and schools, waving and snapping pictures on their phones. Several hundred people gathered in front of Caldwell Community College. A few people waved US flags and held up Obama-Biden campaign signs. But there was more evidence of curiosity than excitement in the crowds. Later, the motorcade began climbing back into the mountains, going for long stretches on a serpentine road with no onlookers at all. In a resort area high in the mountains, lined with hotels and vacation homes, the crowds grew again, though some people held their thumbs down as the motorcade passed. A woman held up a cardboard sign that said, "We Believe, We Voted. Now What?" Next to her was a woman holding an Obama collectible plate."

Upon arrival in Boone, the president dropped into the Mast General Store for some Halloween candy and shook hands with supports at Our Daily Bread Deli and Cafe near Appalachian State University.

Bus Tour Stop #2: Marion, NC
October 17th, 2011
02:24 PM ET

Bus Tour Stop #2: Marion, NC

President Obama stopped by Countryside BBQ Chicken in Marion North Carolina where he visited with locals and posed for pictures. While in the restaurant he met an elementary aged boy who told Obama his name was Jack Nicholson. The president replied, "you look older in the movies, man!"

Bus Tour Stop #1: Fletcher, North Carolina
October 17th, 2011
02:23 PM ET

Bus Tour Stop #1: Fletcher, North Carolina

President Obama kicked off his three-day American Jobs Act at the Asheville Regional Airport in Fletcher, North Carolina where he rallied support for his plan.

"We should be talking about jobs.  When you hear what’s going on out in the country, when you take the time to listen, you understand that a lot of folks are hurting out there.  Too many people are looking for work.  Too many families are looking for that sense of security that’s been slipping away for the past decade, now.

Here in North Carolina, you’ve got thousands of construction workers who lost their jobs when the housing bubble  burst.  Some of those construction workers are here today.  They’ve got experience.  They’ve got skills.  All they want is to be back on the job site doing what they do best.

And there is plenty of work to go around.  In this airport right here in Asheville, you’ve got a runway that needs to be widened and repaired.  You’ve got a taxiway that’s in the wrong spot –- which means that planes sometimes get too close together.  So we could be doing some work right here at the Asheville Airport that would help boost tourism, help to boost the economy here, put people to work right now.

But it’s not just here in Asheville.  All across the state, you’ve got highways that need to be built.  You’ve got bridges that need to be fixed.  You’ve got schools that need to be modernized.  And that’s what America used to do best.  We used to build things - built the Transcontinental Railroad; built the Golden Gate Bridge; the Hoover Dam; the Grand Central Station.  There’s no reason why we should sit here and watch the best highways and the newest airports being built in China.  We should be building them right here in the United States of America.  Right here in North Carolina. 

Now, our problems were a long time in the making –- we’re not going to solve them overnight.  But there are things we can do right now to put people back to work - right now.  There are things we should do right now to give the economy the jolt that it needs.  So that’s why I sent Congress the American Jobs Act."

Topics: Bus Tour • North Carolina • President Obama • The Buzz