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Obama pushes solar, touts Wal-Mart's use

Posted: May 10, 2014 at 4:02 a.m.

President Barack Obama poses for a selfie photo after speaking at a Walmart store in Mountain View, Calif., Friday, May 9, 2014. Obama announced new steps by companies, local governments and his own administration to deploy solar technology, showcasing steps to combat climate change that don't require consent from a disinclined Congress. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

President Barack Obama poses for a selfie photo after speaking at a Walmart store in Mountain View, Calif., Friday, May 9, 2014. Obama announced new steps by companies, local governments and his own administration to deploy solar technology, showcasing steps to combat climate change that don't require consent from a disinclined Congress. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

President Barack Obama used Wal-Mart Stores Inc. as an example as he seeks public support for an energy and environment initiative that’s been met with skepticism from business groups and Republicans, who say it will kill jobs. Speaking at a Wal-Mart store Friday in Mountain View, Calif., Obama announced a set of plans to promote energy efficiency and solar power use, including upgrading government buildings. Wal-Mart’s commitment to renewable energy shows there are “cost-effective ways to tackle climate change and create new jobs,” he said. “It will be good for the economy long-term. And if we don’t, that will be bad for the economy” because of the effects of global warming. The Obama administration released a National Climate Assessment this week that supporters and critics say lays the groundwork for new efforts to curb emissions blamed for global warming. The president took a dig at Republicans in Congress who have expressed skepticism about climate change.

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