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President Obama ‘Acts On Climate’

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President Barack Obama speaks about energy during a visit to a Wal-Mart store in Mountain View, California. Walmart will double by 2020 the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. outlets and distribution centers, the company announced

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Mercury News: Obama Praises Energy Efficiency At Local Walmart

Standing beneath the glare of fluorescent lights inside a Walmart store, President Obama on Friday rolled out his plan for sweeping energy reform, an ambitious effort to convert more businesses, homes and government building to solar power. Obama’s energy initiative — an executive action that calls for investments in more solar energy jobs, upgrading homes and buildings to be more efficient, and partnerships with the housing and tech industries — and aims to move the country away from foreign oil dependency while creating more jobs in the renewable energy sector. Despite a spotty record on labor issues, Walmart has been what many experts consider a pioneer in energy efficiency and renewable energy. It’s one of at least 10 private companies that, as part of Obama’s plan, have agreed to double-down on their efforts to convert more of their energy to renewable sources. Dozens of affordable housing organizations, retailers, home builders and tech companies have also signed on to the presidents plan with their own plans to invest in solar, helping the environment and lowering their electricity bills.

Arkansas-based Walmart, an early investor in the solar industry, pledged on Friday it will double the number of solar energy projects at its stores and distribution centers by 2020. By the end of last year, the retail giant had 335 renewable energy projects, with solar making up about 6 percent of those. The company expects the additional solar projects will save $1 billion per year in energy costs. “It’s the right thing to do because when you save that money you can pass that money back to consumers in the form of lower prices, or you can create more jobs,” Obama said. The executive order, an 11-page document released Friday morning, involves more than 300 private and public sector commitments to cut carbon emissions, an additional $2 billion in energy efficiency investments in federal buildings over three years, new efficiency standards for appliances and training programs at community colleges across the country that will assist 50,000 workers to enter the solar industry by 2020.

The announcement was applauded by several environmental groups, including Greenpeace and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The Mountain View store in which Obama spoke now gets 14.5 percent of its energy from solar systems built and installed by SolarCity, based in San Mateo and one of Walmart’s biggest solar vendors. SolarCity says its projects with Walmart alone have created an estimated 9,000 construction jobs in the United States, and SolarCity itself has created an additional 5,000 permanent American jobs since it did its first project with Walmart in 2010. A few Silicon Valley tech leaders have also signed onto Obama’s energy plan. Apple is building a 2.8 million square-foot headquarters that will also run entirely on renewables, including a rooftop solar system, and has committed to powering all its facilities with green; Yahoo announced it will add a solar installation to their Sunnyvale headquarters by early 2015; and Google announced on Friday a $1 million prize to develop the next generation of power inverters, or cooler-size boxes that help homes run on solar panels.

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President Barack Obama walks down a shopping aisle after speaking about energy during his visit to a Wal-Mart store in Mountain View, California

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89 Responses to “President Obama ‘Acts On Climate’”


  1. May 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Once again, NW, you create a most special report. Thank you!!!!

  2. May 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Something I hope all of you will read and ponder – lots of good people in the world, including many who risk a lot on behalf of others ….

    Letter to Ukrainians: In defending your freedom, you are also defending the freedom of the people of Russia

    Editors note: Ukrinform has published a letter to Ukrainians by Russian politicians and civil society activists. The news agency says that the names of those who have signed, as well as the content of their letter, deserve to be quoted without editing. Thanks to them, in this difficult time, Ukrainians understand that they are not the only ones in their struggle and that Russians are no enemies to Ukraine, but the entanglement of Russia and its military forces in a war against Ukraine is a crime by the Kremlin which will turn out to be an historical disgrace for them. However, Ukrinform adds that we should let each draw his own conclusion.

    Dear sisters and brothers!

    At this terrible moment we write to you with pain in our hearts.

    The ruling regime in Russia has crossed the final moral boundary and without any declaration of war has started a military offensive in Ukraine. At the start of March the Russian army occupied Crimea, and now it is trying to annex the south east of your country. In addition, the special forces of the Russian army do what is shameful for the military of any country by hiding their own national identity and faces and acting in the capacity of “Little Green Men”. This is a disgrace for Russia, a disgrace for our army. The Russian army has never shamed itself by hiding behind peaceful inhabitants. Russian soldiers would not have behaved in this way now, but the regime has pushed them into committing a crime against their brothers and against their own sense of honour.

    For the occupation of Ukrainian territory, and the annexation of part of it, the Russian authorities have made use of false slogans related to alleged cruel, long-term oppression of Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizens by the Kiev authorities, and to the alleged seizure of the government in Ukraine last February by fascists and gangsters. We understand perfectly well that in all the recent years when Ukraine was governed by Yanukovich, who hails from eastern Ukraine, he would never have oppressed his fellow countrymen from Donbass, Kharkiv and Crimea more than Ukrainians from the western part of your country. He and his predecessors oppressed all citizens, robbing them and converting the potentially one of the richest countries in Europe into a country of poor and disenfranchised people, often forced to look abroad for a crust of bread. We also understand very well that the current government of Ukraine, recognised by just about the whole of the international community, has absolutely nothing in common with either fascism or Nazism. This government has started to govern the country in an on-going dialogue with its citizens, and is trying to establish a democracy in Ukraine.

    Full letter at the link: http://www.rightsinrussia.info/russian-media/ukrinform

  3. May 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Happy Friday Everyone

  4. 12 desertflower
    May 9, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Liar! Liar! Pants on fire! http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/house-gop-ignores-deficit-approves

    Look up literally any legislative debate of the Obama era in which Democrats wanted to make public investments and you’ll find one thing: Republicans screaming about the deficit. America is broke, the argument goes, so we can’t afford job creation, infrastructure, educational opportunities, expanded health care benefits, or really much of anything.

    We are, GOP officials repeatedly insisted, in the midst of a debt crisis that threatens to destroy civilization as we know it and saddle our children and grandchildren with a crippling burden.

    And this afternoon we received proof that Republicans didn’t mean a word of it.
    The House voted 274-131 on Friday to permanently extend and expand the research and development tax credit that expired at the end of last year.

    The bill championed by the business community would cost $156 billion over 10 years with no offset…. The research and development credit, which has been extended on a short-term basis roughly 15 times over the last 30 years or so, expired at the end of last year, along with more than 50 other tax breaks.
    The full roll call is online here. Note that 212 Republicans – nearly all of whom have railed against the threat of out-of-control deficits – voted for it, as did 62 Democrats.

  5. 15 vcprezofan2
    May 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Seems Wal-Mart signs look the same the world over.

    • May 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      They do and if PBO is selling there, I’ll buy.

    • 23 Nena20409
      May 9, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Yes VC that is indeed the same for just about every franchised business.

      Familiarity. Sameness. Uniformity.

      Coke and Pepsi are packaged the same way worldwide…..branding in this case.

      • 24 vcprezofan2
        May 9, 2014 at 9:12 pm

        Yet, if I’m not mistaken, the ones here pay better salaries than some of the rates I saw reported earlier ‘down south’.

        • 25 Nena20409
          May 9, 2014 at 9:17 pm

          Yes indeed. In Australia the pay would be different.

          In China, the workers are allowed to be unionized. In Mexico, they pay them far less.

          Wal-Mart pay less in salary for politicians have been giving them a free hand for decades. Low taxes, better locations and in many areas, they pay pennies in taxes.

          • 26 99ts
            May 10, 2014 at 3:44 am

            We don’t have Walmart in Australia – Costco has just come to my town, however, I may go check it out – although its about 20 miles away from where I live.

  6. 27 Nena20409
    May 9, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Au for Doc Bobfr.

    Congratulations.

  7. 28 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 9, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Of course, the fastest way to get a new front page is for me to post…

  8. 29 Nena20409
    May 9, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    This is a fantastic thread. Creatively informative.
    >-I >-I >-I

    Thanks Nerdy Wonka.

  9. May 9, 2014 at 9:26 pm

  10. May 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Window on Eurasia: Why Moscow Desperately Wants a ‘New Cold War’ – and Why There Isn’t and Won’t be One

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    “Countering Putin is thus as important as countering the Soviet Union was, but it is going to be a far greater challenge. Because Putin’s actions take place on the margins of the existing Russian empire, they do not appear to be the existential threat to the West that the Soviet system was. Consequently, there will always be those in the West who will argue that the West should “understand” what Moscow is doing and reach “compromises.” And that is all the more likely because the West and especially the United States has relatively fewer resources to bring to bear than it did – and many more political leaders who are playing to the crowd by suggesting that what resources these countries have should be spent not on defense against a “distant Russian threat” but at home. Putin is playing to that and one could even say promoting that by his on again-off again aggression, with each step back gaining plaudits from those who refused to condemn his earlier two steps forward.

    But because the Kremlin leader wants to revise all three 20th century settlements that are at the foundation of the current international order – the denunciation of empires in 1919, the rejection of the idea that ethnicity is more important than citizenship in 1945, and support for the end of Soviet empire in 1991 – the West does face a challenge: If Putin succeeds in Ukraine and elsewhere, the international system will be transformed not to one of a new cold war as he suggests and as some in the West fear but into something much worse: a Hobbesian world of all against all, in which once again the hard power of military force rather than the soft power of principles will be dominant.

    That is not a world that the US or the West will find at all congenial – it will be even more uncomfortable for us than was the cold war — but it is one they will be allowing to emerge if they do not work to contain Putin’s aggression – and ultimately reverse it.”

    Full article at the link: http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2014/05/window-on-eurasia-why-moscow.html

    I think the author significantly underestimates President Obama and others, but it’s definitely a perspective worthy of consideration.

    #TrustBarack

  11. 33 vcprezofan2
    May 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    This Week at Interior [May 9/2014]

  12. 34 Bill R.
    May 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    In many ways I have seen Walmart as the “enemy’ in the struggle for social and economic justice. Yet I am happy for our President to enter their stores and bring a little conversion and heart to their souls.

    • May 9, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      I might be all alone in this but I think of this appearance today as a kind of soft power move. After all was said and done, it called attention to energy efficiency AND it did manage to call attention to worker fairness. PBO playing the long game.

      • May 9, 2014 at 9:59 pm

        Agree meta. I was actually amazed that Walmart went along with it. President Obama truly stuck it to them with his ‘counting pennies’ comment. Labor leaders should have been applauding and chuckling at #PBO’s deft approach to opening an inclusive dialogue about Walmart’s ecological and societal responsibilities given that they consume lots of electricity and are one of America’s largest welfare recipients.

        #TrustBarack

        • May 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm

          I kept reading that Walmart was very proud that PBO is the first sitting POTUS to visit. He fully knew what he was doing! So I think they were very flattered and PBO was genuine about they energy initiative. But yeah, let the fair wage spotlight be upon them brighter than ever.

          • May 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

            Glad that Walmart had the capacity to appreciate the President’s visit. Makes his ‘counting pennies’ all the more poignant around the Walton family dinner and Board of Directors’ table :)

      • 39 hopefruit2
        May 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

        I agree with your (and Bob’s) take meta. As we discussed on TOD earlier, PBO always plays the long game with these seemingly odious moves. And like Bob – I noticed the “counting pennies” remark and immediately knew what it was about. The Union protests are short-sighted on this one…hopefully they will come around soon.

  13. May 9, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I **think** I just heard DWS tell Rachel that Dems won’t be allowed in the room when witnesses are questioned, won’t have access to papers/documents, etc. I was doing something else and not listening real close at the beginning.. She did say they had good discussion in caucus on pros and cons of participating with no decision made. NP meeting one more time with Boehner.

  14. May 9, 2014 at 9:32 pm

  15. 53 Ladyhawke
    May 9, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    LOLGOP ‏@LOLGOP 8m

    HOW DARE YOU SAY WE’RE FUNDRAISING OFF THIS WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY THAT SHIFTS BLAME OFF TERRORISTS? #tcot

  16. 54 Ladyhawke
    May 9, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    It Has Been Five Minutes, So Mitt Romney Is Flip-Flopping On Something Again

    Read more at http://wonkette.com/548775/it-has-been-five-minutes-so-mitt-romney-is-flip-flopping-on-something-again#Dx1xOeE0yjmBosYA.99

    • 55 COS
      May 9, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      I saw that on Rachel. Her show was pretty good tonight. She actually had a republican on talking about the Kochs in Kansas.

  17. May 9, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    It’s Page Six but there are some delicious details……

  18. 69 lockewasright
    May 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Nice, but WalMart can kiss my entire ass.

    • 70 hopefruit2
      May 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      :) :) Yes they can, while PBO gets his agenda accomplished. But on another note, did you see the Bates season finale? Norman is going to be extra creepy next season – on multiple levels, no doubt..LOL!

      • 71 lockewasright
        May 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm

        It’s on the DVR waiting for my workweek to end @ 6 pm tomorrow.

        Tomorrow is also my wedding anniversary. (My wife says I can have up to 3 hot dogs from Circle K on her dime!)

    • 74 jacquelineoboomer
      May 9, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Right after they install solar panels and up their wages to $15.00 an hour, minimum. Then they can kiss my Democratic ass, as well.

      • 75 lockewasright
        May 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm

        I am a gentleman, so I will let them pick the cheek of their preference.

        • 76 jacquelineoboomer
          May 9, 2014 at 10:36 pm

          Ha. You’re making me laugh over here! I guess I shall be a lady (whatever that means) and not comment further on the topic. Other than to say go for it.
          :)

  19. May 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

  20. May 9, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    So much admiration for the citizens of Ukraine ….

  21. 79 carolyn
    May 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    So glad you’re keeping us informed on the Ukraine, Bob. For a while I was obsessed with it. I have since calmed down some, but still follow religiously. It was so bad, that the first Saturday night after this started, and I was talking constantly about it with my husband, after we got in bed, he finally said: “Do you think you can let the Ukrainians take care of themselves tonight? You know you can’t do a thing for them.”
    Yes……I do get obsessed, so appreciate all the info, and yes, I do wish I could wave a magic wand and make it all well!

    • May 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Carolyn, it is because you and millions of others CARE that Ukrainians know that they are not alone. Just giving them, thanks to The Internet and social media, all the encouragement possible, is a FORCE that Tzar Vlad and others, like Assad, cannot withstand.

      Yes, Ukrainians must determine their destiny, first and foremost. But, for them to know they are constantly in the hearts and minds of fellow humans – that is an amazingly powerful reality that us inhabitants of the 21st Century should deploy relentlessly.

      Thank you!!! And, do get some rest!!! :)

  22. May 9, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    • 83 Nerdy Wonka
      May 9, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha….I need to know what they smoked before they came out on stage. That they think this is music is so freaking crazy, it’s beautiful.

      Perfect example here.

  23. May 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Time to prepare some dinner and wanted to depart with something our dear Dudette shared with us quite some time ago ….

    bbl …

    • 86 LDS
      May 10, 2014 at 12:17 am

      Mr. Bobfr,
      It am so glad Ms. Dudette introduced amazing artist here. She reminds me of Jonelle Monae, refreshing, talented, intelligent, inspiring. But so important clothes on……when you have this much talent you do not have to expose yourself. So pleasant to watch her and hear her sing.
      Thank you for sharing this.
      Enjoy your dinner, you surely deserve a great meal after all the encouraging tweets you give us.

  24. 89 Dakota
    May 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    This is a first for me. Don’t know if it will work. Hope it does, because it’s really cool!

    http://blog.petflow.com/youre-never-too-old-to-dance/


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