Obama Goes After Solar Opponents in Nevada
President Barack Obama speaks at Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's Copper Mountain Solar 1 facility, the largest photovoltaic solar plant in the United States on March 21, 2012 in Boulder City, Nevada. Obama is on a four-state tour promoting his energy policies. The Copper Mountain solar facility is the largest operating photovoltaic plant operating in the country.
March 21st, 2012
08:41 PM ET

Obama Goes After Solar Opponents in Nevada

BOULDER CITY, Nevada (CNN) - President Barack Obama kicked off a two-day energy tour on Wednesday with a stop here at the largest photovoltaic - producing voltage from energy sources such as light - solar facility in the United States, Copper Mountain Solar 1.

Speaking just 30 miles south of the Las Vegas strip, Obama reaffirmed his administration's commitment to an "all of the above" approach to domestic energy production, and called the solar sector an "industry on the rise."

But the president also derided opponents who have dismissed green energy as a viable job creator and aimed sharp words at those who instead call on his administration to take a more aggressive approach towards domestic oil production.

"One member of Congress who shall remain unnamed called these jobs 'phony,' called them phony jobs," Obama said of positions created at facilities like Copper 1. "I mean, think about that mindset, that attitude that says because something is new, it must not be real. If these guys were around when Columbus set sail, they'd be charter members of the Flat Earth Society." FULL POST

Topics: Energy • President Obama
POTUS's schedule for Wednesday, March 21, 2012
March 21st, 2012
08:03 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Wednesday, March 21, 2012

President Obama heads out for his four state/two day trip to tout his administration’s energy plan and talk to the American people about what his administration is doing to combat rising gas prices. He’ll be visiting Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Ohio and three out of four states just so happen to be key battleground states.  He’ll start out his energy trip out Wednesday with a stop in Boulder City, Nevada (battleground state #1) where he’ll visit the Cooper Mountain Solar 1 Facility, which is the largest photovoltaic plant in the U.S. In understandable terms, it makes solar panels, and lots of them. According to the Las Vegas Sun, “The panels at Solar 1 produce 58 megawatts of power, enough for more than 17,000 average homes and the recent 48-megawatt expansion of the site, completed in 2010, cost about $141 million and created 350 temporary construction jobs. However, only five people are currently employed there full time.” The White House tells us that the facility operates nearly one million solar panels. In his remarks at this stop, he will talk about “his Administration’s focus on diversifying our energy portfolio, including expanding renewable energy from sources like wind and solar, which thanks in part to investments made by this Administration is set to double in the President’s first term.” 

He then travels to Carlsbad, New Mexico (battleground state #2) where he will tour federal lands with active drilling rigs. While there, he will give remarks where he will reiterate his message over the last few weeks that domestic oil production is at an eight-year high and his administration has a plan to continue to expand production. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney addressed why this is important in Monday’s WH briefing: “Because an all-of-the-above energy approach requires and necessitates that we aggressively expand domestic oil and gas production in a safe and responsible way.”

For the full schedule released by the White House, please click below. FULL POST

Topics: Daily Schedule • Energy
March 21st, 2012
01:25 AM ET

Obama to make first visit to Korean demilitarized zone

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the demilitarized zone that splits the Korean Peninsula in two for the first time on Sunday.

His planned visit to the heavily fortified border is part of a three-day trip to South Korea to participate in a summit meeting about nuclear security in Seoul.

Top officials from 54 countries including China and Russia will attend the summit meeting next week, but its message of international cooperation has been overshadowed by North Korea's announcement last week that it is planning to carry out a rocket-powered satellite launch in April.