While visiting the TPI Composites plant in Newton, Iowa on May 24th 2012, President Obama presented the efforts made by his administration to support green manufacturing jobs. A few months before, on April 6th 2011, President Obama addressed the employees of a GAMESA Plant -a Spanish wind turbine manufacturer- established in Fair Hills, Pennsylvania. During an unprecedented Question & Answer session held with the workers of the plant, President Obama highlighted the importance of creating local manufacturing capacities in the wind energy sector. These could spur green technology developments and exports to world markets and regions which currently lack the size and/or capacities for integrating a green energy industry locally. The United States being one of the largest single energy consuming markets in the world means that a green energy economy stands good chances of thriving. The importance of establishing domestic manufacturing capacities to support the local integration and phased deployment of the Sahara Wind Project is a key element to be taken into consideration for the region. Collaboration on broader capacity building programs and policies aimed at establishing a local wind turbine manufacturing industry represents one of our main objectives.
The video and full transcript of the President’s speech of April 6th 2011, as well as the Video of May 24th 2012 are no longer accessible.