- The Washington Times - Friday, April 3, 2015

OGDEN, Utah — President Obama renewed his push for spending on renewable energy Friday, announcing a program to create more jobs for veterans in the field of solar energy.

Speaking at sprawling Hill Air Force Base, Mr. Obama said the clean energy industry is a prime spot for creating new jobs as troops transition out of the active-duty military. He said the effort will help “make the planet more secure.”

“The solar industry is actually adding jobs 10 times faster than the rest of the economy,” Mr. Obama said. “They’re good paying jobs and they’re helping folks in the middle class.”

His proposal would train initially about 75,000 veterans in the field. The base is getting about 20 percent of its energy from solar panels.

“What is true for DOD has to be true for the entire country,” he said. “We’ve got to lead by example and invest in the future. That’s how we’re going to keep our economy growing.”

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