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PSU Students Plan Counter Rally Outside Obama Event

on February 02, 2011 11:58 PM

Young Americans for Freedom has scheduled a rally Thursday to counter President Barack Obama's expected appearance at University Park.

The Rally for Affordable Energy will be a "protest against the elitist energy policies of the current administration," the Penn State YAF chapter announced in a news release.

It's scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Rec Hall. Inside the facility, Obama is set to deliver remarks on energy research and innovation starting at 12:15 p.m.

YAF, a conservative student group, cited what it sees as "a lack of progress on domestic energy issues, like the Marcellus Shale," as a primary worry.

"This administration has consistently opted to favor high-cost, impractical energy solutions under the guise of being 'green,'" Penn State YAF Chairman Samuel Settle said in the news release. "This is truly unfortunate because the people who get hit the hardest by rising energy prices are the poor and the economically destitute -- two segments of the population that have increased under this administration."

Obama, in his Rec Hall remarks, is expected to talk about efforts in clean energy and energy efficiency. His Penn State visit also is expected to focus on the Energy Innovation Hub for which the university is a leading partner.

That hub, in Philadelphia, is benefiting from $129 million in federal support. Its core goals are largely to make buildings more energy-efficient and to cut carbon pollution.

StateCollege.com will be supplying steady news updates Thursday from Rec Hall.

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