奥巴马演讲 建设21世纪清洁能源经济6
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We also have to focus on community colleges, because that’s -- it’s not just enough to have kids getting good educations.  We have to have adults who are constantly retraining.  I mean, how many here -- how many folks here who are working at Gamesa took some sort of training class at a community college that helped them along the way?  Anybody?  Look at that.  Right?  So we’ve got a decent number of folks who, maybe you’ve got a career change; maybe your old skills are a little obsolete1 and you need to upgrade them.  Well, you’ve got to be able to also get a good education.  So that’s why we’re putting more money into community colleges as well as four-year colleges.  And what we’ve done is we’ve expanded the grant programs, the Pell Grant, the student loan programs, so that more people can afford to go to college without getting huge debt -- (applause) -- especially if you’re working and if you’ve already got a family, you can’t afford to be taking out $50,000 worth of debt.  So we want to give you more help.
Now, this is a good place to just talk, again, about this budget debate, because you’re going to be hearing a lot about this.  Right now we’re debating last year’s budget and we may have a government shutdown, and then we’re going to have to debate next year’s budget.  All of us think that the government should live within its means.  We all believe that.  You do it in your families.  Government should have to do the same thing.  And there is some waste in government.
And so we’ve been cutting in a whole bunch of areas, and we’re consolidating2 some agencies and earmarks that are not necessary and we’re looking at the Pentagon -- how do we make our defense3 spending smarter and better?  And so we’re going to be doing a lot of consolidation4 and cuts, but one thing we can’t do is stop investing in education, in research, in infrastructure5, in things like a smart grid6.  Those are the things that are going to make us competitive over the long term.
So if you see me getting in some arguments in Washington, I want you to be clear.  Don’t believe that somehow the argument is about whether we should cut or not.  I’ve already said we’ve got to cut spending.  I just want to make sure we’re cutting the right things.  Don’t protect things we don’t need and get rid of things that we do.  That’s my basic attitude.  (Applause.)
All right.  I have time for one more question, and I’ll call on that young lady back there.
Q Mr. President, given that energy efficiency is the cleanest, safest, cheapest, and most labor-intensive energy resource, what else -- what more can the federal government do that is revenue neutral(使税收增减为零) to support the growth of the energy efficiency industry?
THE PRESIDENT:  Well, first of all, I want you to know that you are absolutely right.  The first thing we can do to improve our economy and our environment at the same time -- and can actually produce a lot of jobs -- is to make everything we do more efficient.  That’s sort of the low-hanging fruit.  We use huge amounts of energy because our buildings aren’t well insulated, or the lighting7 that we use is old-fashioned, or the heating -- the HVAC systems, the heating and cooling systems, are inefficient8.  So what we’ve said is, why not provide incentives9 to both businesses and homeowners to make your home or your business more energy efficient, because you’ll get the money back.  It will pay for itself, because your electricity bills will go down.
But the only problem is, a lot of folks, they need a little bit of money up front to get started.  I mean, I’ll bet a lot of folks here -- anybody recently reinsulated their house or put in new windows or something?  Gentleman right here.  And how long ago did you do it?  A few months ago?  Are you already seeing a drop in your electricity bill?  You are, right?
So -- but you had those up-front costs that you had to deal with.  Right?  And so the question is, you may not have initially10 the couple thousand bucks11 out of pocket to be able to do it.  Now, this guy looks like he’s pretty handy, so he might have done it himself, right?  But I would have gotten a nail in my thumb or something, because I’m challenged in those ways.  So I might have had to hire somebody.
But the point though is, is that that money up front -- if we can give you a tax break to do it initially, you’re going to get that money back.  And if you’re not somebody who can do it yourself, you’re going to hire somebody.  And that now is creating a job in a whole bunch of new industries for people who are doing energy efficiency.
So I already mentioned how we’re trying to provide incentives for cleaner cars and more energy-efficient transportation sectors12.  I think the next big challenge are commercial buildings and homeowners, giving them incentives to make these investments.  It’s a win-win situation for everybody.  (Applause.) 
All right, well, listen, Gamesa, it was wonderful to be with all of you.  I’m proud of what you’re doing.  As I said before, just in closing, we’ve gone through a very tough couple of years.  And I’m not going to guarantee standing13 here that suddenly every single challenge we have is going to go away overnight.  And if somebody promises you that, they’re not telling the truth.
Gas prices, they’re going to still fluctuate until we can start making these broader changes.  And that’s going to take a couple of years to have serious effect.  Not everybody is going to be able to remodel14 or insulate their homes right away.  But slowly we can get more and more homes and more and more buildings doing it.
If we get a clean energy standard, then Gamesa is going to have more customers.  It’s not going to immediately transform the wind industry, but it’s going to make it that much stronger.  And I’ll bet that the leaders of your company will start hiring some more people because there will be greater demand.
And day by day, week by week, year by year, we slowly make more and more progress.  On education, we’re not going to transform all the schools overnight.  Too many kids are going to be dropping out.  Too many kids are going to be ranking too low on international standards on math and science.  But if we improve those schools each year, then slowly but surely our whole workforce15 gets better.
We’re not going to eliminate the debt that’s built up overnight.  But if each year we’re making good choices, we’re investing in those things that we need, not investing in those things that we don’t, then the debt will come down.  That’s how progress is made.

In our own individual lives, whether it’s trying to build a career or raise your kids or getting exercise, it starts a step at a time.  And then slowly you make progress.  And then a year, two years, five years later you look back and you said, you know what, I’m in a better place now.  The country is the same way.
So we’ve got to have a vision for how we’re going to win the future.  We’ve got to be persistent16 about it.  We’ve got to be steady about it.  But we have to also have confidence.  America has always been able to make the changes that it needs to.  And I have every bit of confidence we’re going to be able to do that again this time out.  And we’re going to do it partly because of the great workers at places like Gamesa.
So thank you very much, everybody.  God bless you.  God bless you.  (Applause.)


1 obsolete T5YzH     
  • These goods are obsolete and will not fetch much on the market.这些货品过时了,在市场上卖不了高价。
  • They tried to hammer obsolete ideas into the young people's heads.他们竭力把陈旧思想灌输给青年。
2 consolidating 6c04b889a235c3f1fd1ba84bc5ca1f80     
v.(使)巩固, (使)加强( consolidate的现在分词 );(使)合并
  • These measures are meant for consolidating the system of basic medical care. 这些举措旨在夯实基层医疗体系,让老百姓看大病不必出远门。 来自互联网
  • We are consolidating the Chinese and English versions of our homepage. 我们将为您提供中英文版本一起的主页。 来自互联网
3 defense AxbxB     
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
4 consolidation 4YuyW     
  • The denser population necessitates closer consolidation both for internal and external action. 住得日益稠密的居民,对内和对外都不得不更紧密地团结起来。 来自英汉非文学 - 家庭、私有制和国家的起源
  • The state ensures the consolidation and growth of the state economy. 国家保障国营经济的巩固和发展。 来自汉英非文学 - 中国宪法
5 infrastructure UbBz5     
  • We should step up the development of infrastructure for research.加强科学基础设施建设。
  • We should strengthen cultural infrastructure and boost various types of popular culture.加强文化基础设施建设,发展各类群众文化。
6 grid 5rPzpK     
  • In this application,the carrier is used to encapsulate the grid.在这种情况下,要用载体把格栅密封起来。
  • Modern gauges consist of metal foil in the form of a grid.现代应变仪则由网格形式的金属片组成。
7 lighting CpszPL     
  • The gas lamp gradually lost ground to electric lighting.煤气灯逐渐为电灯所代替。
  • The lighting in that restaurant is soft and romantic.那个餐馆照明柔和而且浪漫。
8 inefficient c76xm     
  • The inefficient operation cost the firm a lot of money.低效率的运作使该公司损失了许多钱。
  • Their communication systems are inefficient in the extreme.他们的通讯系统效率非常差。
9 incentives 884481806a10ef3017726acf079e8fa7     
激励某人做某事的事物( incentive的名词复数 ); 刺激; 诱因; 动机
  • tax incentives to encourage savings 鼓励储蓄的税收措施
  • Furthermore, subsidies provide incentives only for investments in equipment. 更有甚者,提供津贴仅是为鼓励增添设备的投资。 来自英汉非文学 - 环境法 - 环境法
10 initially 273xZ     
  • The ban was initially opposed by the US.这一禁令首先遭到美国的反对。
  • Feathers initially developed from insect scales.羽毛最初由昆虫的翅瓣演化而来。
11 bucks a391832ce78ebbcfc3ed483cc6d17634     
n.雄鹿( buck的名词复数 );钱;(英国十九世纪初的)花花公子;(用于某些表达方式)责任v.(马等)猛然弓背跃起( buck的第三人称单数 );抵制;猛然震荡;马等尥起后蹄跳跃
  • They cost ten bucks. 这些值十元钱。
  • They are hunting for bucks. 他们正在猎雄兔。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 sectors 218ffb34fa5fb6bc1691e90cd45ad627     
n.部门( sector的名词复数 );领域;防御地区;扇形
  • Berlin was divided into four sectors after the war. 战后柏林分成了4 个区。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Industry and agriculture are the two important sectors of the national economy. 工业和农业是国民经济的两个重要部门。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
13 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
14 remodel XVkx1     
  • Workmen were hired to remodel and enlarge the farm buildings.雇用了工人来改造和扩建农场建筑。
  • I'll remodel the downstairs bedroom first.我先要装修楼下那间房间。
15 workforce workforce     
  • A large part of the workforce is employed in agriculture.劳动人口中一大部分受雇于农业。
  • A quarter of the local workforce is unemployed.本地劳动力中有四分之一失业。
16 persistent BSUzg     
  • Albert had a persistent headache that lasted for three days.艾伯特连续头痛了三天。
  • She felt embarrassed by his persistent attentions.他不时地向她大献殷勤,使她很难为情。
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