New Energy for America

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New Energy For America

New Energy for America was a plan led by Barack Obama and Joe Biden to invest in renewable energy sources, reduce reliance on foreign oil, address global warming issues, and create jobs for Americans.


The plan was presented in the Barack Obama presidential campaign, 2008.

President Barack Obama in his inaugural address called for the expanded use of renewable energy to meet the twin challenges of energy security and climate change.[1]

Obama issued a pair of memoranda on January 26 2009 to publish higher fuel economy standards for the model year 2011 cars and light trucks by the end of March[2] and lower greenhouse gas emissions[3] (to revisit a California waiver request that would allow that state to implement its own greenhouse gas emission rules for vehicles).[4]


The plan aimed to:[5][citation needed]

  • Help create five million new jobs by investing $150 billion over the next ten years to encourage private efforts to develop clean energy sources and technology.
  • Save more oil than the United States currently imports from the Middle East and Venezuela combined within 10 years.[quantify]
  • Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars on the road by 2015, with emphasis on cars built in the United States.
  • Generate 10 percent of the United States' electricity through renewable sources (renewable electricity) by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
  • Implement a cap-and-trade program to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "EERE News: President Obama Calls for Greater Use of Renewable Energy". 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  2. ^ "Presidential Memorandum - Fuel Economy | The White House". 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  3. ^ "Presidential Memorandum - EPA Waiver | The White House". 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  4. ^ "EERE News: President Obama Issues Orders on Fuel Economy and GHG Regulations". 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  5. ^ "Energy, Climate Change and Our Environment | The White House". Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2012-11-21.