Barry Rabe quoted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette State of the Union address, changing energy policies

January 27, 2011

Barry Rabe was quoted in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, "In State of the Union addresses, energy policies are bold—and familiar," that in part discusses President Obama's commitment to increasing the nation's use of clean energy to 80 percent by 2035.

Rabe told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Obama's inclusion of clean coal, natural gas, and nuclear as types of clean energy, "reflects an evolution that was taking place in the last Congress, to move from a narrow definition of renewable energy to something that is now being characterized as clean energy." Rabe continued, "Politically this becomes an easier sell, because when you add nuclear and natural gas, you're touching on more states and districts where that is an economic development possibility."