Obama says energy projects put US back to work

AP News
Posted: Dec 08, 2009 11:36 AM

President Barack Obama says government investment in clean-energy projects can help put Americans back to work.

Obama on Tuesday said he wants to expand the initial $787 billion economic stimulus package that included funding for so-called green jobs. He says so many good ideas were pitched that many did not make the cut.

Obama says those left-behind projects should be included in a jobs package he broadly outlined in a speech to a think tank. The president says the clean-energy projects create jobs, save money and help the environment.

Obama also says the clean-energy projects will draw private investment quickly.