In his weekly address to the American public, U.S. President Barack Obama says his budget proposal for Congress would push for more funding in clean energy research and development by 2020. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Climate change was the main topic of U.S. President Barack Obama's weekly address on Saturday (February 6). "The budget I will send to Congress this Tuesday will double funding for clean energy research and development by 2020. This will include new investments to help the private sector create more jobs faster, lower the cost of clean energy faster, and help clean, renewable power outcompete dirty fuels in every state. And while Republicans in Congress are still considering their position on climate change, many of them realize that clean energy is an incredible source of good-paying jobs for their constituents. That's why we were able to boost clean energy research and development in last year's budget agreement. And I hope they support my plan to double that kind of investment. Because it's making a difference across the country," Obama said. Obama hailed the landmark climate accord reached in Paris last year as "strong" and "historic", calling it the best chance to save the planet from the effects of global climate change. Obama has made combating global climate change a top priority of his presidency but has encountered stiff resistance to his proposals from Republicans in Congress.