President Barack Obama promised Monday that he would support investments into fuel research to propel the United States into advancement that will last for the next five decades.
"I believe it is not in our character, American character, to follow, but to lead," Obama said during a National Academy of Sciences speech. "I am here today to set this goal: We will devote more than 3 percent of our GDP to research and development."
Largely emphasizing the scientific conversion and use of natural energy, the president said the use of solar cells and so-called green or environmentally friendly buildings will help put energy advancements on par with what was previously achieved in outer space research. Movements toward the use of green energy are an increasingly common scientific discussion, since the gasoline price increases of recent years.