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Candidate -- -- -- -- -- In the battle to go green today he becomes coach here.
Of growth energy -- consortium of ethanol producers and he's joined the board of directors.
A clean energy provider -- wind ironically his new business interests could get a 100 billion dollar budget is from President Obama while.
His old business defense faces budget cuts too -- -- first on box is general Wesley Clark Clark general good to see you.
Thank you Alex could be -- so you've recently been appointed to the board of directors with you'll wind you've also being an active co chair.
With growth energy renewable energy has become.
A passionate commitment tell me why.
Well absolutely because it's about energy independence for the United States and that's national security.
It's about jobs that's for our welfare -- it's about a better environment and it's about economic development particularly in rural America in the midwest.
And I want to talk for just demanded about a at all because.
We've worked this is a brand new industry it's taken its an American industry it started thirty years ago it's really taken off from the last five years.
We're about to make the transition to cellulose it.
And every year were replacing.
Hundreds of millions of barrels of imported oil.
Countries elsewhere in the world with good American product we brought prosperity back in the many towns across middle America.
This is a great American success story it's getting ready to move to the next stage that's what I'm happy to be part -- You know how concerned are you a lot of people that we talked to -- industry have suggested listen.
We go through the statistics daily about what it is that we're spending on importing oil from foreign countries.
But when oil prices are lower the -- -- slides down on the T ball on the list of things to do.
Because people are not as concerned about it are you concerned.
That it does move too far down the list in that we don't take the appropriate measures now to prevent things from getting worse in the future.
Well I think.
We've got the national leadership and we've got the awareness the American people now we're not gonna have a repeat of the 98.
But also with respect after all I can tell you that that all we really need.
-- access to the markets we've got some of the best entrepreneurs in America has some really Smart technology companies were working genetic engineering.
And this is a cutting edge high tech industry for American jobs and for American energy -- -- -- And it's really competitive in the marketplace today all it needs -- market -- General let's switch gears for just a moment you were one of the presidential candidates in the last election cycle.
There has been a lot made about some of the cabinet appointments that President Obama has tried to put into office they've had lots of tax issues.
He's had to address many difficult issues in the course of just a couple of weeks in office.
On a performance measurement thus far housing -- I think he's doing great I think he's got he's really picks and top quality people to go into the government of course they've got -- past the though Muster and they and get through the house through -- senate and through the vetting process.
And that some people don't make it but there's tremendous talent out here there's -- it real enthusiasm.
And we need to pull this country together again.
Democrats Republicans independents we got to work together we've got an enormous -- -- and economic challenge facing us.
We need a stimulus bill we need to poll -- renewable energy for because that's gonna create.
Hundreds of thousands of jobs in America in wind and solar give effort all access to the market in the -- -- all area.
Every billion gallons of ethanol we produce is adding ten to 20000 jobs and we need those jobs right now on America.
So we've got a great shot at transforming our economy.
This is a time of tremendous hope and opportunity in America -- we all pull together we can get there.
Let's talk about the stimulus plan it of course is raising a lot of objections some suggest the sizes too big is too much pork in it.
The bottom line is we need to pass something what do you think of the shape in form.
Of the two different bills that we're seeing right now coming out of the house and senate.
Well I think that in in general what you need something that's on the scale.
Just under -- trillion dollars because we've got tremendous lack capacity.
Emerging our market.
We need to create new jobs we need to preserve existing jobs we need a combination of tax relief and stimulus.
And it's also a chance to sort of get a down payment.
On economic transformation that we need in the 21 century.
So were starting to put.
In his stimulus package we're investing in renewable energy we're talking about transforming electricity grid.
And we're doing things it will help take this economy forward so I think it represents a compromise in the sensible compromise we just need to get it out there.
All right general let me ask you the last question that is about something you know very well that is the military we understand -- the chiefs of staff to cut defense budget by as much as 10%.
Or to see how they can cut the budget he also intends to get many of the troops out in sixteen months is close Guantanamo Bay how's he doing enough are on the national six.
-- any issues.
Well I think this is a kind of transformation that's needed we know Guantanamo Bay is.
Given -- a big black guy around the world and it's not closed yet but the decision's been made to close it there's some tough decisions that will be made on that we've got to.
Creating a winning strategy in Afghanistan we've got to follow through on redeploying forces.
Out of Iraq without destabilizing Iraq I think that can be done.
And somehow we've got to put all this together in a budget.
We've got to face America's defense needs all around the world so it's a big challenge.
Money's not unlimited and everybody's going to be asked to do their part including the Defense Department.
All right general Wesley Clark thank you very much for joining us this morning was -- that.
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