At Wal-Mart, Obama praises steps on solar power

President unveils executive actions aimed at increasing energy efficiency with a goal of reducing U.S. reliance on carbon fuels
Associated Press
May 10, 2014

Flanked by bargain-priced displays of women's wear and patio lighting, President Barack Obama went to a Wal-Mart store in Silicon Valley on Friday to praise new steps by businesses and communities to deploy solar energy, showcasing efforts to combat climate change that don't rely on a disinclined Congress.

Obama said more than 300 companies and state and local governments have pledged to use solar technology, and he unveiled his own executive actions aimed at increasing energy efficiency with a goal of reducing U.S. reliance on carbon fuels. The two tracks underscored Obama's strategy of sidestepping Congress to advance his own agenda, but they also illustrated the limits of his reach in a bitterly divided government.

"The commitments we're announcing today prove that there are cost-effective ways to tackle climate change and create jobs at the same time," Obama said at a sprawling Wal-Mart store in Mountain View.

The solar effort will power the equivalent of 130,000 homes, the White House said, while Obama's administrative actions could reduce carbon pollution in an amount equal to taking 80 million cars off the road for one year. The White House also announced that long-delayed energy efficiency standards for walk-in coolers and freezers have finally been completed.

Ticking off a list of economic and environmental benefits he attributed to solar technology, Obama cast the commitments as part of a broader campaign to reduce American energy dependence, create jobs in renewable energy and lower heat-trapping emissions blamed for global warming.

"This is what you call a win-win-win," Obama told about 250 store employees as he wrapped up a three-day swing through California focused heavily on raising money for Democrats in advance of November's midterm elections.

Tweaking the mostly Republican opponents of his energy policies in Congress, Obama lamented that lawmakers have "not always been as visionary on these issues as we would like." That's why he's seizing opportunities this year to act unilaterally to advance those goals, Obama said.

"Unfortunately, inside of Washington, we still have some climate deniers who shout loud," Obama said. "But they're wasting people's time on a settled debate."

It's Obama who is wasting time, responded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who argued that if Obama really wanted to promote energy independence, he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline and reverse course on policies cracking down on coal. "There's a way to get America going with regard to energy, but it's not doing any of the things that he's been doing," McConnell said.

His policies unable to generate momentum in Congress, Obama has increasingly gone outside the federal government to press his agenda. He has won commitments from colleges and universities to expand access to more students; he has created innovation hubs that link businesses and education institutions; and he has drawn attention to companies and state and local governments that have increased pay for workers.

Still, that choice of tactics has severely limited what Obama may be able to accomplish, a reality the president acknowledged the night before as he spoke to donors at a fundraiser in La Jolla benefiting House Democrats.

"Regardless of how hard I push, regardless of how many administrative actions I take, we're not going to be able to go where we need to go, and can go, and should go unless I've got a Congress that's willing to work with me," Obama said.

The White House said it chose Wal-Mart because the company has committed to doubling the number of solar energy projects at its stores, Sam's Clubs and distribution centers. But in choosing the giant retailer as the backdrop for his announcement, Obama also triggered a backlash from labor unions and pay equity advocates who say low wages paid by Wal-Mart fly in the face of Obama's vaunted push on pay equity.

"What numbskull in the White House arranged this?" former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who served in the Bill Clinton administration, said on Facebook.

The Wal-Mart location he visited gets about 15 percent of its power from solar panels. Wal-Mart's president, Bill Simon, said. Obama is the first president to visit one of the chain's warehouse stores.

Comments

Contango

Re: "Flanked by bargain-priced displays of women's wear and patio lighting, President Barack Obama went to a Wal-Mart store in Silicon Valley on Friday"

After his term has ended, Pres. Obama has a future in performing at retail store openings.

The Egotist in Chief can put his cute little "O" symbol with the words, "Greatest President of the United States" on the front of the lectern.

44846GWP

Thats the best you could come up with Winnie? Bad day?

Contango

Re: "Thats"?

What's the matter having a "bad" spelling day Obama useful idiot?

You two deserve each other.

coasterfan

Actually, we ALL deserve Obama, especially after what we went through under Bush.

Below is a list of all the Solar spills and Wind spills, and other damage caused by solar power and wind farms:

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Oh...it seems the above spots are for rent, since there have been no instances of environmental damage caused by these forms of green energy.

Would you care to cuss or discuss oil spills and the pollution/ greenhouse gas emissions caused by burning coal and gasoline?

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The Hero Zone

So there are no environmental consequences to these energy producers? Not only that how does their power produced/acre of facility match up? What happens on the rare occasion the sun doesn't shine or wind doesn't blow?

Contango

Re: "no instances of environmental damage,"

Absurd argument.

And the energy in order to manufacture and construct wind turbines and solar panels originated from where?

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The Hero Zone

You may like this, Contango, since he has spent a lot of time on QVC instead of CSPAN: http://thepeoplescube.com/people...

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(Customer) BallAid ?
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Customer) I don't believe this...
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(Customer) WHAT? You can't charge me for NOT buying golf balls.
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(Customer)(interrupting) This is ridiculous, I'll pay the $49.50.
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Darwin's choice

Lol....

However, obama has no balls......

coasterfan

Perhaps, but has a ONE Republican presidential candidates do not have:
an above average IQ.

And actually, I disagree with the "no balls" comment. He isn't a trigger-fingered warmonger like Bush, McCain, et al, but since we're still paying off the last TWO wars caused by simpleton Bush, it's a sign of intelligence that he has kept us out of Syria and Ukraine.

grumpy

Please cite your source on the IQ's of all the presidents you have access to. Feel free to list both repubes and dims. We wish to see what they are, and where and when they were tested. Thanks much for this information.

Course if you can't produce said information... and where it came from... it will say little about the various President's IQ... but much about what you post.

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The Hero Zone

He's also neglecting how eager our President was to go into Syria yet withdrew after the backlash his impulse was widespread.

Darwin's choice

A little late to the party, eh, troll?

Have to get marching orders from the mother ship?

And, still full of chit! And, you would know about obama's balls...

sugar

I think your post is great, funny as hell.

rbenn

The same guy that said he would never go to walmart!

Pete

Obama lied? I'm shocked! SHOCKED I tell ya!

looking around

rben I'm curious, what is your source on that statement? I for one am disappointed that he choose walmart, but would like to know if he actually made that statement.

rbenn

when he was campaigning for president in 2007 he stated it, its been on the news quite a bit.

44846GWP

B.s., prove it.

rbenn

Ok jackwagon, I even found it on a left wing hack site. Its in the 9th paragraph ENJOY! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

rbenn

Obama was a senator in 2007, he told an AFL-CIO town hall forum that he wouldn’t shop there, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/09...

rbenn

well? Sucks to be an Obama leg tingler doesn't 44846GWP!! I have given you the proof you requested, so who's full of BS Now? Have a great day!! Bwahahahahahahahah

Darwin's choice

:-)

Darwin's choice

Obama's backing of anything solar power related has resulted in complete failure of those companies (solyandra?), Walton's might want to re-think having obama endorsing anything, as it seems to be a death sentence!

"What numbskull in the White House arranged this"?, probably the biggest one!!

The Bizness

Other than solyndra give me another me one.

Pete
rbenn

1.Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
2.SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
3.Solyndra ($535 million)*
4.Beacon Power ($43 million)*
5.Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
6.SunPower ($1.2 billion)
7.First Solar ($1.46 billion)
8.Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
9.EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
10.Amonix ($5.9 million)
11.Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
12.Abound Solar ($400 million)*
13.A123 Systems ($279 million)*
14.Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
15.Johnson Controls ($299 million)
16.Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
17.ECOtality ($126.2 million)
18.Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
19.Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
20.Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
21.Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
22.Range Fuels ($80 million)*
23.Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
24.Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
25.Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
26.GreenVolts ($500,000)
27.Vestas ($50 million)
28.LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
29.Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
30.Navistar ($39 million)
31.Satcon ($3 million)*
32.Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
33.Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)

JudgeMeNot

You want more The Bizness?????

coasterfan

It's a new technology, so there will be some bumps along the road. I say it's worth it, if we save the planet in the process. It's not like there haven't been HUGE problems with the carbon-based forms of energy. Why do you think we've been looking for better alternatives?

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The Hero Zone

That's several billion "some bumps" you're talking about and I'm sure if you follow the money all those sweetheart deals were less than altruistic in nature. What upsets me about this comment is the rampant waste you write off as "bumps" similar to how the president called the cancer patients who lost their policies/facilities as "bumps" too.

"Listen here boy, this is the only path that leads to the castle. Those who really want to make it to the castle must either step over the ones who have fallen or stay here to pave the road for those who have the will to make it...Without doubt, you stepped over the thousands of dead, whose bodies made up the stones to pave your way, and they, for you, have done the same to those before!"

Those darn bumps keep adding up.

Darwin's choice

I love the comments three days later from the troll!

Especially admitting obama's failures!!!!!!!!

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