Obama announces new clean energy initiatives in visit to Hill Air Force Base

Posted at 11:13 AM, Apr 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-03 17:11:17-04

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- President Barack Obama visited Hill Force Base Friday, where he delivered a brief speech on clean energy and related job creation.

"What I'm doing here today is to highlight the fact that the solar industry is actually adding jobs 10 times faster than the rest of the economy," Obama said. "Today, what we're gonna try to do is to build on the progress that's already been made. I'm announcing a new goal to train 75,000 workers to enter the solar industry by 2020."

Obama went on to speak about the creation of the Solar Ready Vets program.

"It's gonna train transitioning military personnel for careers in this growing industry at 10 bases, including right here at Hill," Obama said.

Obama also thanked the military and civilian personnel at HAFB for their work.

Click here to read a full transcript of Obama's speech at Hill Air Force Base.

State Democratic Party chair Peter Corroon and political activist Holly Richardson spoke with FOX 13 News' Max Roth about their take on the president's speech, see the video below for their comments.