Speaking at Andrews Air Force Base recently, President Obama recognized Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, stating “He’s changing the way the Department of Interior does business so that we’re responsibly developing… renewable sources of energy,” including “the waves off our coasts.”
Rep. Thielen, an ardent supporter of wave energy technology, met with Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack, and other members of President Obama’s “Green Team” in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in January. Rep. Thielen carried informational packets, with a cover picture of a wave energy buoy in action offshore of Marine Corps Base Hawaii. She distributed these packets to Secretary Vilsack, as well as later to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Carol Browner, Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy.
“I asked all to speak with President Obama about wave energy and its tremendous potential,” Thielen said. “Until now, the President had not included this powerful technology in any of his remarks,” she noted. “I’m happy that my message reached the President,” she continued, “and I take it as a sign that wave energy will play a significant role in federal energy policy that will transform the way our nation generates electricity.”