"But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise."
Obama, arguably the most wind-friendly president, had repeatedly hyped the value of wind jobs during his 2012 re-election campaign.
His administration has also been locked in a trade war with China over dumped renewable-energy components such as Chinese wind-turbine towers.
And the White House has called for better protection of American intellectual property in China, even referring to the case of the Massachusetts-based wind company AMSC.
"We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations," continued Obama in yesterday’s closely watched speech.
The comment suggests he may stick to a promise to make climate change a major issue during his second and final four-year term.