Obama Calls Out Fossil Fuel Interests for Fighting Solar

(AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

(AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday accused fossil fuel interests and other critics of his energy policies of trying to restrict consumers from accessing solar, wind and other renewable sources in order to protect the status quo.

"That's not the American way," Obama said in a speech at a green energy conference in Las Vegas. "This is about the past versus the future. America believes in the future."

The president also questioned the ideological consistency of those who champion free-market solutions — except when the free market is pointing to the wisdom of renewable energy. He singled out billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who are major donors to Republican political candidates.

"It's one thing if you're consistent in being free market," Obama said. "It's another thing when you're free market until it's solar that's working and people want to buy and suddenly you're not for it anymore. That's a problem."