Obama Promotes Solar Power as Economic Fuel

Pushing the idea of solar energy, President Obama said Friday the nation must redouble its efforts to forge new jobs and growth in order to offset a weakening global economy.

“We have had the strongest economy, but we’re impacted by what happens around the world,” Obama said during brief remarks at Hill Air Force Base near Salt Lake City in Utah.

Obama spoke just a few hours after the Labor Department reported that U.S. employers added just 126,000 jobs in March, the lowest monthly gain since December 2013. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.5%.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said the economy is still not reaching its potential. Ryan said his committee will step up efforts to enact “the real reforms we need, like tearing down barriers to American exports and cleaning up our tax code.”

In Utah, Obama said the U.S. economy continues to grow despite signs of weakening in other parts of the globe, and remains on “the longest stretch of private sector job creation on record.”

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