REFILE-UPDATE 1-With corporate help, Obama announces actions on renewable energy
(Corrects day of week in paragraph 10)
By Steve Holland
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. May 9 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama announced steps on Friday to increase the use of solar panels, boost energy efficiency in federal buildings and train more people to work in the renewable energy field.
"It's the right thing to do for the planet," Obama said, standing in the outdoor lighting display section of a WalMart store that features roof-top solar panels and a charging station for electric vehicles, among other energy-saving retrofits.
The president used the stop to show how major corporations have committed to increasing the generation of solar power at their facilities. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Apple Inc , Yahoo Inc, Google Inc and Ikea were among the companies that have made such commitments.
Obama made the announcement at the end of a three-day California swing mostly devoted to raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Democratic Party.
The president and administration officials have spent much of this week highlighting their concern about climate change and the need to take steps to address the change. Friday's announcement fit into that policy agenda.
"The sooner we work together to adapt the economy to this reality of climate change, the more likely it is that we do right by our kids, and leave a more stable world," Obama said at what the chief executive officer of Walmart U.S., Bill Simon, said was the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to one of his stores.
Obama said an additional $2 billion would be devoted to energy efficiency upgrades to federal government buildings over the next three years. Continuación...