May 9 - U.S. President Barack Obama announces executive orders to increase the use of solar panels, and boost energy efficiency in federal buildings. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama announced new executive orders to increase the use of solar panels, boost energy efficiency in federal buildings, and train more people to work in the renewable energy field. The president made the announcement during a visit to Wal-Mart in Mountain View, California. "Two years ago I ordered $2 billion in energy upgrades to federal buildings. Today, I'm ordering an additional $2 billion dollars in upgrades over the next three years," Mr. Obama told supporters at the Northern California Wal-Mart. "These upgrades will create tens of thousands of construction jobs, and save taxpayers billions of dollars," he added. President Obama also highlighted commitments by corporations to expand their use of solar energy at their facilities.