Today, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz traveled to Hampton Roads, Va. to highlight President Obama’s State of the Union address at Hampton University, one of the nation’s top historically black universities and a leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The Secretary focused on President Obama’s State of the Union address and the Obama Administration’s commitment to making America a magnet for good jobs, business investment and innovation.

Below are excerpts of the Secretary’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“As the President mentioned in the State of the Union, one of the best ways to grow the economy and create jobs is to prepare students with the skills necessary to succeed in our new economy - particularly in science, technology, engineering and math or ‘STEM.’"

 “Science and engineering has long been an important pathway for social mobility in this country – a ticket to the middle class and beyond for those willing to work hard and pursue the American dream."

 “We have to fund the schools and universities that give students these opportunities.  We have to support mentors and teachers that help discover the next great scientific breakthrough – and inspire the next great generation of scientists. And we have to invest in the basic scientific infrastructure that has laid the groundwork for America to be a global leader in these fields."

 “This is an exciting time for the energy industry.  Thanks to President Obama’s all-of-the-above approach to energy we have seen unprecedented growth in domestic energy production. For the first time in nearly two decades, the United States now produces more of our own oil here at home than we buy from other countries. Today, the United States is the number one natural gas producer in the world. And at the same time that we have seen dramatic increases in fossil fuel production, we have also doubled the amount of energy that we produce from solar and wind in the last five years.”

 “The work that Hampton University does– both educating the next generation of scientists and engineers and helping to drive cutting edge research and innovation– helps to ensure that the United States remains competitive in today’s global economy.”