On Wednesday, April 06, 2011, President Obama visited a Gamesa, Bucks County wind turbine plant, to discuss his plans on energy as well as reach out to voters for his re-election campaign. Obama’s goal is reduce U.S. oil imports by one-third and get 80% of the nation’s electricity from clean sources by 2035. Conservatives argue with this goal by stating that the U.S. should explore domestic sources of petroleum and natural gas as opposed to spending money on green energy. Obama is focusing on Pennsylvania even though it went blue in the last election. Pennsylvania is still considered a swing state and could go either way in the upcoming election.
The Gamesa plant opened in 2005 and chose Pennsylvania partly due to a $10 million state grant in addition to not having to pay state corporate taxes or local property tax through 2019.