From Wal-Mart to the White House, Obama talks up expansion of solar power – The Washington Post
The company has pledged to double the number of solar projects at its stores and distribution centers by 2020, and the president used the Walmart in Mountain View, California as a backdrop to discuss the importance of solar energy. About 300 companies and local governments have recently signed on to an initiative to use more solar energy technology. But it seems nobody is completely satisfied with today’s announcements . The fact that President Obama used the notoriously union-busting Walmart to promote the number of companies of governments embracing solar is angering labor groups . But the White House seems to be trying to counter that negative attention from the left with an emphasis on a solar project that hits very close to home: the re-introduction of solar panels on the White House roof.
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More from PostPolitics Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake Welcome to the heart of primary season. Its good for the bottom line. And it means jobs. Obama made the remarks on the last day of a West Coast swing that focused on fundraising for this years midterm campaigns. The president announced a combination of pledges from companies such as Apple and Home Depot and federal agencies such as the Treasury Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He praised a Wal-Mart promise to double the number of solar projects it will have at its stores and distribution centers by 2020. The actions Obama announced Friday were part of the presidents efforts to use executive actions to bypass Republicans in Congress. In addition, the administration said, the Energy Department issued two new efficiency rules Friday that will cut the energy consumption of new electric motors and walk-in coolers and freezers. The department also unveiled training programs at community colleges across the country that are designed to help 50,000 workers enter the solar industry by 2020.
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