(Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned tech leaders on Thursday to dig deep in their wallets to fund Democratic candidates and feel a sense of urgency about congressional elections in November or risk further gridlock in Washington and a failure to move on their priorities. Obama was the headline speaker at four California fund-raising events, raising his two-day total to five. His last was a Silicon Valley event in San Jose co-hosted by Y Combinator President Sam Altman and Yahoo Inc CEO Marissa Mayer. About 250 people paid between $1,000 and $32,400 to attend. During his remarks, Obama struck at the heart of the issue that Republicans are using against Democrats in their campaigns: The Affordable Care Act, the Obamacare law whose troubled rollout has given Obama’s political opponents much grist for criticism.
President Obama is showcasing Wal-Mart, often a target of labor groups and other Democratic constituencies, to promote advances in energy efficiency in his broader campaign to confront climate change. Obama on Friday was to announce commitments from more than 300 companies and local and state governments to use solar energy technology. He also was announcing executive actions aimed at increasing energy efficiency in buildings and appliances. The White House says the solar effort will power the equivalent of 130,000 homes and the administrative actions could reduce carbon pollution in an amount equal to taking 80 million cars off the road for one year. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The White House chose Wal-Mart because the company has committed to doubling the number of solar energy projects at its stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers.
Obama’s choice of Wal-Mart draws fire
(Photo11: Martha Irvine, AP) SHARE11 21 CONNECT11 36 TWEET11 1 LinkedIn11 4 COMMENT11EMAIL11 President Obama’s supporters generally like his energy program, but some don’t like the location of his energy speech on Friday: A Wal-Mart in northern California . “Wal-Mart is one of the nation’s largest and worst employers — low wages, unreliable hours, few benefits, discrimination against women, and anti-union,” said former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich in a Facebook posting. In a post entitled “Department of Ill-Advised Photo Opportunities,” Reich asked: “What numbskull in the White House arranged this?” Pam Ramos, who has worked at Mountain View, Calif., Walmart for four years, said that “when I heard President Obama was visiting my store, I wanted to tell him what income inequality really looks like — right here working at a company that made $17 billion last year.” In an op-ed for Salon , Ramos said she brings home about $400 every two weeks, and “that’s not enough to pay for bills, gas and food. All I can afford to eat for lunch is a cup of coffee and a bag of potato chips.” Wal-Mart says its wages and benefits are competitive in the retail industry. White House officials said Walmart on Friday will commit to double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S.
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========== The U.S. remains the largest importer of Nigeria’s crude oil, accounting for 40% of the country’s exports . May 8, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm | ProudDem This needs to be retitled…he was talking about the limits of US power, not presidential. May 8, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm | Sniffit Yeah, you’re clearly onto something Gergen…nothing announces to the world and to terrorist states and groups that the US is capable of providing “strong, efficient leadership” and that we’re “indispensable” to solving the world’s woes like “our top priority is to make him a one term president” and 6+ years of knee-jerk, blanket obstruction, crisis manufacture, hostage taking and brinksmanship from the GOP/Teatrolls. Without a doubt, every dictator, terror cell leader and extremist on the planet has watched with fear and trepidation in their heart for the http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net/ past 6+ years as the GOP/Teatrolls have done nothing whatsoever other than try to destroy the duly-elected POTUS and block everything he’s tried to do.