Obama Unveils Smart Plan To Combat Climate Change While Training 75,000 Vets For Jobs

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while speaking in Utah, President Obama announced a new program that will combat climate change while training 75,000 veterans for jobs in the solar industry.

The President said:

I am announcing a new goal to train 75,000 workers to enter the solar industry by 2020. As part of this, we’re creating what we’re calling a solar ready vets program that’s modeled after some successful pilot initiatives that have already been established over the last several years.

It’s going to train transitioning military personnel for careers in this growing industry at ten bases including right here at Hill, and as part of this effort we’re also going to work with states to enable more veterans to use the post-9/11 GI Bill for solar job training.

It’s one of the many steps we’re taking to help nearly 700,000 military veterans and spouses get a job. In fact, about thirty percent of the federal workforce is now made up of veterans. I’ve said it before, and I think employers are starting to catch on if you really want to get the job done, hire a veteran.

The plan is smart because it trains tens of thousands of transitioning military personnel and spouses for a civilian job in an industry that is growing ten times faster than the national average. The president also pointed out the military bases that get a substantial percentage of their energy from the sun save money that can applied towards other goals and missions.

The nation has undergone a dramatic shift from a president who fought a foreign war for oil (Bush and Iraq) to a forward thinking president who is using growing clean energy industry industries to train veterans of the Bush wars for good paying jobs.

The plan that the President unveiled isn’t just good politics. It’s also common sense. No veteran should have to take a low-paying service industry job because they can’t find anything else. It is part of our national obligation to everything possible to help those who served succeed when they return home.

President Obama is creating opportunities for today’s veterans to acquire the jobs of tomorrow.

12 Replies to “Obama Unveils Smart Plan To Combat Climate Change While Training 75,000 Vets For Jobs”

  1. Nice Job! Are the people of the United States going to let the 71% of Republican Legislators climate deniers commit Environmental Suicide? We’ll all be dead from methane gas in 40 years if FRACKING isn’t stopped.
    Petition: Contaminating Our Drinking Water? Bad Idea! Ask Your Members of Congress to Protect Our Water and Ban Fracking http://act.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=57269&em_id=36341.0.
    Petition: Ban fracking on public land. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/president-obama-ban-fracking
    FRACKING: Methane released during fracking –traps 87 times more heat pound for pound than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. Growth of U.S. dry natural gas production, fracking, natural gas, over the next 40 years shows levels of gas that will kill the world before global warming. http://www.vox.com/2014/10/7/6934819/oil-prices-falling-russia-OPEC-shale-boom-gasoline-prices
    What the Frack Is Happening? http://www.alternet.org/fracking/what-

  2. Republican politicos will continue to do as they have always done when confronted with the realities of Obama’s success stories — deny the veracity of the data and suggest that a government conspiracy is covering up the truth.

  3. How do Republicans continue to say no to clever, responsible job plans that will help people, the US & the environment, yet still get elected, making them believe that the American People approve of them & their policies? How can anyone in the US continue to say no to this & other job creation plans while claiming to care about the economy as well as accept that they’ll be killed in congress? It’s hard & heartbreaking to believe this is all the result of gerrymandering & voter suppression & people not voting.

  4. I do hope President Obama is having fun bashing the GOP with the realities of life after all the unnecessary stress & problems they’ve caused him. At long last, Obama’s hard work is bringing positive results one thing after another, giving him & his policies more attention & recognition.

    I know what goes around, comes around; I just don’t know why it takes so damn long!

  5. Gotta get them out;next election is the turning point in America;these guys are bought and paid for employees of the billionaires ; they control all the means of communication in this country making it so much more difficult; we must find a way to over come this take over of our country.

  6. It matters not how many jobs will be produced or how successful the program is. The republicans and conservatives will denounce not only the positive impact on the economy, but they will also denounce reliance on the sun. To them billions of years of light and energy are still not enough proof that the sun rises every day whether we see it or not. They are still in the evolutionary stage that requires sacrifice to please the sun god so it will rise every day.

  7. I’m sure the Koch Brothers cronies will do everything they can to scuttle the alternative energy jobs that deny so many obscene profit margins to the Koch-heads.

  8. The politicians cut and re-cut every else’s life salaries and benefits but they manage to keep theirs, for life, plus the best OBAMACARE health insurance our money can provide

    See what they get:
    Salary of retired US Presidents:$180,000.00

    Salary of House/Senate:$174,000.00 FOR LIFE

    Salary of Speaker of the House:
    $223,500.00 FOR LIFE

    Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders ……$193,400 FOR LIFE

    Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN…….$38,000 IF ALIVE, and
    the GOP wants to…”cut their benefits as they are too expensive”

    I think we found where the cuts should be made!

  9. This president just keep coming up with excellent ideas while the old half dead GOP dinosaurs keep trying to do everything they can to destroy the country.

    If they just spent 2 months of the next 2 years working with him, just think how magnificent this country could be. And they might even go up 1st in the polls.

    Good job Mr President!

  10. same old amazing BS. spending our way to prosperity, Koch Bros, Bush’s fault, another Solyndra success story. sounds more like “let’s pay folks to dig holes, then we’ll pay Other folks to fill them up”. how ’bout you Warmists defining exactly how much this nonsense will “help” prevent the Chicken Little disaster you all seem to know is coming

  11. Get up to date!
    Unstoppable warming? More like unstoppable denial;
    *Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by trust worthy politicians.

    CO2 science’s 97% certainty makes 34 MORE years of climate action FAILURE and global disbelief a 100% certainty.
    No matter how much you blame conservatives.

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