The significance of Obama signing stimulus in Denver
In the midst of 46MPH winds and bright sunshine, President Obama selected Denver, CO for signing the Stimulus and Recovery Bill. Why Denver? Why not Denver! The sun shines more than 300 days a year; the wind blows on a consistent schedule throughout the year; residents relish the outdoors all year; and Colorado became a pivotal state in the presidential election of 2008. The president signed the bill at the Museum of Nature and Science, which is more than 100 years old and is powered by more than 400 photovoltaic cells on the roof of the museum. What an example for the President to show off (and demostrate) the creative energy of America – found in Colorado. He actually went to the roof of the museum to inspect the installation. Once inside, he noted the importance of the Colorado delegation in Congress to get this bill passed. With all the natural resources vested in Colorado, this state should be a leader in developing energy independence for the United States. Afterall, Vestas (Denmark) has established two manufacturing facilities in the state. Southwest Colorado with its abundance of sun and wind, could power a majority of the United States (per the Energy office of Governor Ritter and the sharp folks at NREL). With private investment matched by public incentives, the natural landscape can be painted and crafted in a profitable canvas of design, technology and concern for keeping Colorado beautiful. And I’m no hippie named moonbeam.