In Keynote Address, Schwarzenegger Calls for Level Playing Field
Between Fossil Fuels and Renewables; Calls It his Personal “Crusade”
WASHINGTON D.C., December 6, 2011 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Last evening, former California Governor Schwarzenegger called for “leveling the playing field for renewable energies, making his remarks in a keynote address at the American Council On Renewable Energy’s (ACORE) 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Dinner in Washington, DC.
“It must be a national priority to clear the red tape and bureaucracy so that renewable energies can develop by the same rules as oil,” Schwarzenegger said. “All I propose – and I’m speaking to Congress and to all the candidates running for President – is that all our energy sources play by the same rules. The United States has always invested in developing new sources of energy. From the land grants for timber and coal in the 1800s, to the tax expenditures for oil and gas in the early 20thcentury, to the federal investment in developing nuclear energy, support for energy innovation has always been a critical part of the American strategy. The tragedy is that somehow we lost our way. We lost our vision.”
“I feel as passionate about this as I did about fitness,” Schwarzenegger concluded. “When I was bodybuilding, I didn’t just want to win awards. I wanted to spread the message of health and fitness around the world. I was on a fitness crusade. Now, this is my crusade. I won’t give up. I won’t rest. I will make sure that our voices drown out the naysayers.” (For more of the Governor’s speech, go to www.acore.org.)
The former Governor was honored as the Renewable Energy Leader of the Decade and was one of four national leaders in renewable energy receiving Renewable Energy Leadership Awards at the event. The event, attended by over 300 renewable energy industry leaders and guests, celebrated ACORE’s accomplishments in helping to advance the renewable energy industry over the past decade.“ Renewable energy investment is the key to America’s energy security and prosperity and these projects will be the Victory Gardens of the 21st Century, ” said ACORE President, Vice Admiral (Ret.) Dennis McGinn. “Together with our members, renewable energy industry partners and trade associations, and especially the leaders recognized here tonight, we have accomplished much since ACORE’s founding in 2001.”
“From installed (non-hydro) renewable energy capacity at 18GW in 2001, to renewable energy now supplying 11% of America’s electricity needs, our industry has come a long way, indeed,” McGinn continued. “This progress has come through the efforts of all of us in the renewable energy industry and our many friends and partners in government and in our broader community. But there is much more to do. Coming together, uniting the entire renewable energy sector to resolve common issues, will remain at the core of what ACORE is all about. Tonight we celebrate past progress and rededicate ourselves to making America’s future more secure and prosperous with renewable energy.”
The Renewable Energy Leadership Award recipients were selected by a jury of ACORE advisors, based on a record of commitment to and accomplishment in advancing renewable energy in the United States over the past decade. The winners are:
- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Renewable Energy Leader of the Decade
- Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), in recognition of exemplary Congressional leadership to advance renewable energy
- Jeffrey Immelt of GE, in recognition of technological innovation and leadership
- Walmart, in recognition of exemplary leadership in the purchase and use of renewable energy
The Anniversary Dinner kicks off ACORE’s Phase II National Policy Forum on Capitol Hill, December 7.
ACORE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization, is dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. ACORE provides a common educational platform for a wide range of interests in the renewable energy community, focusing on technology, finance and policy. We convene thought leadership forums and create energy industry partnerships to communicate the economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy. Additional information is available at: http://www.acore.org.