Obama calls for investment in clean technologies in State of the Union address.

Obama sets targets to boost US clean power output

United States President Barack Obama set a target for power plants to produce 80 per cent clean electricity by 2035 - including power from sources like clean coal and natural gas.

In his State of the Union address, Obama also called for investment in clean technologies and urged Congress to eliminate billions of dollars in subsidies for oil companies.

"I don't know if you've noticed, but they're doing just fine on their own," Obama said about oil company profits. "So instead of subsidising yesterday's energy, let's invest in tomorrow's.”

In his speech, he said nuclear power and two fossil fuels, clean coal and natural gas, would be needed to meet a goal of 80 percent clean energy in less than 25 years. "Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas," Obama said. "To meet this goal, we will need them all and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen."

He also called for more investment in clean energy research on technologies both as a way for the US to become more energy independent and as a challenge to surpass rapidly developing countries like China and India on development of renewable energy.

"With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015," he said.

Obama also said that within 25 years the goal was to give 80 per cent of American’s access to high-speed rail.

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