PBS: White House Announces Plan To Train 50,000 People, Including Veterans, To Install Solar Panels
The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans.
The Agriculture Department will also spend nearly $70 million to fund 540 solar and renewable energy projects, focused on rural and farming areas. And the Energy Department will propose stricter efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners, a move the department said could cut emissions more than any other efficiency standard it has issued to date.
President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have lunch in the Oval Office Dining Room of the White House, Oct. 22, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama peers out a window with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in the Doheny Memorial Library to scope out the crowd size at a rally at the University of Southern California Alumni Park in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 22, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama waits backstage before a rally at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 22, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama jokes with Robert Gibbs and David Plouffe backstage prior to the start of the third presidential debate with GOP candidate Mitt Romney, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., Oct. 22, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)
Vice President Joe Biden and his daughter Ashley Biden watch the third presidential debate from a hotel room in Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 22, 2012. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
President Obama hugs First Lady Michelle Obama following the third presidential debate with Gov. Mitt Romney, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., Oct. 22, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)
On This Day: Senator Barack Obama shares a fist bump with Ethan Gibbs, the five year-old son of campaign communication director Robert Gibbs, upon disembarking from his campaign plane at Dulles airport in Chantilly, Virgina, on October 22, 2008