Clean Energy

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Oklahoma is one state benefitting from the energy boom, and in more ways than one. A wind power rush is underway there with companies competing to secure the windiest spots while breathing life into small towns.

But as Logan Layden of member station KGOU reports, the industry's expansion may be moving too quickly.

(SOUNDBITE OF GUSHING WINDS)

Pete Souza / White House

Fresh off his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama has embarked on a five-state campaign-style tour which will include a brief stop today in the Denver area. Mr. Obama is scheduled to give a speech on “new energy” at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

President Barack Obama will make his third appearance in swing-state Colorado in six months when he touches down for a brief speech at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora Thursday. 

President Obama called for more domestic oil and gas production in his State of the Union address, saying that "a future where we're in control of our own energy" is within reach, where the nation's security and prosperity would not be so closely linked to unstable parts of the world.

Toward that end, he said his administration would open more than 75 percent of potential offshore oil and gas resources for development.

Photo by Kirk Siegler

As part of our series examining the roadblocks in front of clean energy last year, we told you about a popular clean energy loan program in Boulder County that had been abruptly halted as a result of actions by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The two mortgage giants had suddenly declared they would not buy home mortgages with so called “PACE” loans attached to them.  But a recent court ruling in California might change that, if Congress doesn’t act even sooner. 

Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and nine of his colleagues are just back from a week-long trip to China, where clean energy emerged as a top issue.

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