By JasmineHughes, Your Black World
This past Thursday President Obama discussed the job-creating potential of investing in clean energy. He took a tour of a Holland, Michigan factory that makes advanced batteries for alternative-fuel vehicles such as hybrids or all-electrics.
Obama talked about the benefits of spending money on producing such clean-energy technologies as advanced batteries, which would include more jobs and reduced consumption of foreign oil. He calls them “jobs of the future” and says the U.S. should lead the way in developing energy sources that pollute less.
The President’s Michigan factory tour became a stern discussion of the current state of Congress. Obama urged lawmakers to get to work in September and pass a series of initiatives the White House says will spur job growth, including an extension of the payroll tax cut, three free-trade agreements and funding for road and bridge construction. The only thing preventing some of these bills from being passed, he said, is the refusal of some lawmakers to put country ahead of party.
“There are some in Congress right now who would rather see their opponents lose than see America win,” he said.
Obama won Michigan in the 2008 presidential election and the economically battered state is crucial to his re-election hopes in 2012.
From Michigan, Obama flew straight to Manhattan for a pair of campaign fundraisers that were bringing in more than $2 million.
He attended a reception with about 15 people at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Battery Park that was thrown by Gary Hirshberg, chief executive of Stonyfield Farm, that was to be followed by his appearance at a dinner with 50 contributors at a private home, a Democratic official said.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and movie producer Harvey Weinstein are the dinner hosts.
The high $35,800 admission price is the legal maximum donation per person. Obama’s campaign keeps $5,000 and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) pockets the remaining $30,800.
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