President Barack Obama took office at 12 noon today (even though he wasn't sworn in until 12:03). I was delighted that in his inaugural speech, he expressed the need to rebuild America — and specifically, the electric grid. Here's what he said:
The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
Check the books — this has got to be the first time in U.S. history that a president has mentioned the electric grid in his inaugural address. We look forward to working with the Obama administration and the 111th Congress to create a more effective, energy efficient, safer, smarter grid.