President Obama Promotes Energy Efficiency

President Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu announce several actions that will promote energy efficiency and save Americans billions of dollars per year. The announcement includes major changes to energy conservation standards for lighting, as well as $346 million from the Recovery Act that will accelerate the development and use of energy efficient technologies in commercial and residential buildings. These improvements will create jobs and help decrease carbon pollution. June 29, 2009. (Public Domain)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet guests at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender reception in the East Room of the White House, June 29, 2009.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet guests  at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender reception in the East Room of the White House,  June 29, 2009.

Longtime LGBT activist Frank Kameny raises his hands as while being recognized by President Barack Obama during his remarks at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender reception in the East Room of the White House, June 29, 2009.

Longtime LGBT activist Frank Kameny raises his hands as while being recognized by President Barack Obama  during his remarks at the  Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender reception in the East Room of the White House,  June 29, 2009.

A guest snaps a photo of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during his remarks at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender reception in the East Room of the White House, June 29, 2009.

A guest snaps a photo of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during his remarks at the  Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender reception in the East Room of the White House,  June 29, 2009.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in the Green Room prior to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month reception in the East Room of the White House, June 29, 2009.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in the Green Room prior to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month reception in the East Room of the White House, June 29, 2009.

The silver shoes of a guest stand out as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo before the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender reception in the East Room of the White House, June 29, 2009.

The silver shoes of a guest stand out as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo before the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender reception in the East Room of the White House,  June 29, 2009.

Advisors wait outside the Oval Office as President Barack Obama meets with President Uribe of Colombia, June 29, 2009.

Advisors wait outside the Oval Office as President Barack Obama  meets with President Uribe of Colombia, June 29, 2009.

President Barack Obama meets with President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia in the Oval Office of the White House, June 29, 2009.

President Barack Obama meets with President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia in the Oval Office of the White House, June 29, 2009.

President Barack Obama, stands next to a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, as he waits for President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia to walk in the door of the Oval Office, June 29, 2009.

President Barack Obama, stands next to a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, as he waits for President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia to walk in the door of the Oval Office, June 29, 2009.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu walk through the Blue Room of the White House following an announcement of energy standards, June 29, 2009.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu walk through the Blue Room of the White House following an announcement of energy standards, June 29, 2009.