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President pushes clean energy in return to Iowa

by Bryan Goettel

NEWTON (KWWL) - "The American people are ready to be part of a mission."  Those words came from President Obama in his speech at Trinity Structural Towers in Newton Wednesday.  He is turning to the nation with an eye squarely on Iowa to lead what he is calling the clean energy revolution.

"So on this Earth Day it is time for us to lay a new foundation for economic growth by beginning a new era of energy exploration in America," said Obama.

In his first visit to Iowa since the election, the president characterized energy as an issue that can no longer be ignored.

"The choice we face is between prosperity and decline," Obama said.

In front of many of the same workers who lost their jobs at Maytag only to be hired by Trinity Structural Towers, Obama believes Iowa is critical in making clean energy a solution to both a climate and economic crisis.

"It gives me goose bumps," said Richard Mulbrook, who introduced the president.  Mulbrook lost his job at Maytag when the factory shut down.  He is now the maintenance manager at Trinity Structural Towers.  "These last few hours I've had goose bumps."

"I think he really issued a call to the country to really think about we're using energy," said State Representative Tyler Olson (D).

As part of his visit, the president toured the wind energy producing facility.  He wants to see more places like Trinity so the U.S. can move from being the world's largest importer of oil to world's leading exporter of clean energy.

"I'm confident that we can be and will be the benefactors of a brighter future for our children and grandchildren," Obama said.  "That can be our legacy."

Many of the people that played a prominent role in President Obama's campaign got thank you's from the man himself.  And believe it or not, it's all beginning again as his Organizing for America campaign has already started its push across the state for campaign 2012.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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