Last Friday, President Obama paid a visit to Argonne National Laboratory to tour the facility and deliver an energy proposal to the nation. The President called on Congress to create an Energy Security Trust that will invest in technologies that ensure a sustainable energy future in the U.S. EcoCAR was especially proud to see an EcoCAR 2 vehicle standing behind President Obama as he made this momentous announcement.
After years of talking about it, we’re finally poised to take control of our energy future,” President Obama said. “We produce more oil than we have in 15 years. We import less oil than we have in 20 years. We’ve doubled the amount of renewable energy that we generate from sources like wind and solar — with tens of thousands of good jobs to show for it. We’re producing more natural gas than we ever have before — with hundreds of thousands of good jobs to show for it. We supported the first new nuclear power plant in America since the 1970s. And we’re sending less carbon pollution into the environment than we have in nearly 20 years.”
Check out the video below to see the President touring Argonne and observing transportation and energy storage innovations first hand:
“We are a team of engineers and scientists that are passionate and enthusiastic in our relentless pursuit of energy efficiency and sustainable transportation,” said Ann Schlenker, director of the Center for Transportation Research for Argonne National Laboratory. “We also give back to the engineering automotive profession as we manage and mentor the next class of engineers with the student competition program, EcoCAR.”
During his tour, EcoCAR 2 organizers – including Henning Lohse-Busch, Dave Shimcoski and Mike Duoba – had the opportunity to meet President Obama and tell him a little bit about the competition!