FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - President Barack Obama says investments in clean energy technologies can help return jobs to the country's heartland and ensure that America doesn't fall behind other nations.
Obama made the comments at a wind energy plant in Iowa that employs more than 600 workers with help from tax credits in last year's economic stimulus law.
It was the president's first stop on a two-day Midwestern trip aimed at convincing voters his economic policies are working despite continued high unemployment.
Obama said wind power could generate as much as 20 percent of the country's electricity two decades from now. And he predicted passage of sweeping energy legislation that's in limbo in the Senate, saying the country's security and economy - and even "the future of our planet" - depend on it.
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