- The Washington Times - Monday, June 29, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who has recently called for the United States to be using 100 percent clean energy by 2050, said over the weekend in Iowa that climate change is actually a business opportunity that can spur job growth.

“The climate challenge is the greatest business opportunity to come to our country in 100 years,” he said, the Des Moines Register reported. “I believe that it can be a font of all sorts of job creation and renewable technology, green design, renewable energy and you’ve seen a little glimmer of it here with the wind in your state.”

In a recent USA Today opinion piece, Mr. O’Malley said that as president, he would create a new “Clean Energy Job Corps” and direct the Environmental Protection Agency to take “aggressive” action to reduce greenhouse gases.

“As president, on day one, I would use my executive power to declare the transition to a clean energy future the number one priority of our Federal Government,” he wrote.

Mr. O’Malley has been working to gain traction in public polling on the 2016 Democratic nomination contest and predicted his profile would rise in the early caucus state with more visits.

“Right now, I’m totally unknown to most people in Iowa,” he said. “I’ll become better known one county at a time, and then by the fall all of us will start appearing on the same platform and people will be able to see us in a debate context.”

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