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Our Energy Future: "Beyond the Sound Bites"

"a Serious Issue That Deserves A Serious Conversation"

The following information was released by the U.S. Department of Energy:

Thank you, President Hugh McKay, for the introduction. It's great to be at the City Club of Cleveland as you celebrate 100 years of debate and discussion on the important issues facing the nation.

It's fitting to give an energy speech in Cleveland, home of the country's first wind turbine to generate electricity and a city at the forefront of the clean energy economy. Today, I want to discuss the choice we face as a nation when it comes to competing in the global clean energy race.

First, I want to go back in history to the birth of Ameri-ca's aviation industry. There are many nuances to this story that have important lessons for us and the U.S. today.

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