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As oil spills, Obama touts alternative energy

President Barack Obama today will promote the benefits of alternative energy as a way to strengthen the economy and relieve the nation

The Associated Press
Natural gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico is burned by the drill ship Discoverer Enterprise Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Barack Obama today will promote the benefits of alternative energy as a way to strengthen the economy and relieve the nation's dependence on foreign oil.

Obama will tour a solar panel manufacturing facility in northern California that has added jobs as a result of money it received through the president's economic stimulus program.

The president's remarks on renewable energy come as questions are being raised about his plans to expand offshore oil and natural gas drilling in light of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The president will travel to the Gulf region Friday to assess efforts being made to stop the flow of oil.


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