Obama announces 'Seeing Green' energy initiative
Aiming to keep the focus on climate change legislation, President Barack Obama put in a plug for administration efforts to drastically reduce energy use by lamps and lighting equipment.

In the past, the president emphasized using CFLs, LEDs and other low-energy bulbs to reduce the nation's carbon footprint. But today Obama asked American consumers to remove light bulbs altogether and use night vision goggles instead.

"I know night vision goggles may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise." the president said, equipped with the high-tech eyewear. "Seven percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and businesses," he continued, standing with the also-goggled Energy Secretary Steven Chu at the White House.

Not since Jimmy Carter famously wore a sweater for a televised address has a president employed outerwear to promote a reduction in personal energy use.

Obama said his "Seeing Green" goggle initiative would result in substantial savings between 2012 and 2042, saving consumers up to $4 billion annually, conserving enough energy to power every U.S. home for 10 months, reducing emissions equal to the amount produced by 166 cars a year, and eliminating the need for as many as 14 coal-fired power plants.

Due to the goggles' significant charging requirements, powering the devices will cost approximately $12 billion annually, but the president considers this a small price for a lamp-free world.

"To avoid environmental collapse, some politicians want you to walk around in the dark while others want to do nothing at all," Obama said. "But my solution uses common sense and the latest technology to improve life for all Americans."

Government-issued goggles will be available for purchase online or at regional Department of Energy and ACORN offices. Those earning less than $67,000 per year will be issued federal rebates to cover most of the $1,459 fee. OSHA standards require replacement every six months.

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