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Obama Promotes Clean Energy in Iowa

President Barack Obama visited Iowa on Tuesday to speak to residents of Fort Madison about the progress of the economic recovery. Obama emphasized his economic and clean energy programs, but acknowledged that parts of the country like Fort Madison have been suffering since before the recession.

"Times are still tough in towns like Fort Madison," Obama said. "And times are still tough for middle-class Americans who had been swimming against the current for years before the economic tidal wave hit."

Obama delivered the talk after touring a wind turbine manufacturing plant, where he said that the country must lead the world in clean energy production. His administration's economic stimulus package included tax credits specifically for clean energy.

That funding allowed for the United States to install nearly 10 gigawatts of new wind capacity last year, which can power nearly 2.5 million homes, Obama said. "And each new wind farm has the potential to create hundreds of construction jobs, and dozens of permanent local jobs in communities just like Fort Madison."

Up to 20 percent of the country's energy could be wind-generated within the next 20 years, Obama said. His plan is to secure the country's energy independence by moving from fossil fuels to renewable energies.

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