President Barack Obama Wednesday kicks off a two-day, four-state trip to highlight his energy policies, an attempt to ward off the political damage from soaring gasoline prices.
Obama travels first to Boulder City, Nevada, where he’ll visit the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility, the country’s largest photovoltaic plant. Its 1 million solar panels produce electricity to power 17,000 homes.
Later Wednesday, he flies to New Mexico, where he’ll boast about oil and gas production fields located on federal lands outside of Maljamar, New Mexico. White House aides note there are more than 70 rigs now drilling ion that federal land.
On Thursday, he visits Cushing, Oklahoma, where part of the Keystone pipeline will be built to carry oil to Texas refineries.
He’ll finish the trip in Ohio, speaking at an energy research lab at Ohio State University.