With gasoline prices continuing to rise, President Barack Obama will remain focused on energy policy in a trip to the American Southwest on Wednesday.
Obama will first travel to Boulder City, Nevada, where he will visit the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility, which the White House said is the largest photovoltaic plant operating in the country with nearly one million solar panels powering 17,000 homes.
Following a tour of the facility, the president will deliver remarks highlighting his administration's focus on diversifying the nation's energy portfolio, including expanding renewable energy from sources like wind and solar.
The White House noted that renewable energy is set to double during Obama's first term due in part to investments made by the administration.
Later in the day, Obama will travel to oil and gas production fields located on federal lands outside of Maljamar, New Mexico.
Obama is due to deliver remarks in Maljamar regarding his administration's commitment to expanding domestic oil and gas production.
The White House said domestic oil and gas production has increased each year Obama has been in office, with domestic oil production currently at an eight year high and domestic natural gas production at an all-time high.
In the evening, the president will travel Oklahoma, where he is scheduled to visit the southern portion of the Keystone Pipeline project on Thursday.
Obama supports the construction of a pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma, to the Gulf of Mexico but blocked a northern section of the pipeline extending up to Canada due to environmental concerns.
During his trip, Obama is likely to focus on his "all of the above" strategy for reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
The trip comes as the Republican Presidential candidates have sought to blame the administration's energy policies for the recent jump in gas prices, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich going so far as to pledge that his policies would reduce gas prices to as low as $2 a gallon.
by RTT Staff Writer
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