Obama, Clinton together again, pitching efficiency

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton are presenting a unified front in pushing more energy-efficient government and private buildings.

The unusual joint appearance of Obama and the popular former president is drawing outsize attention to a $4 billion administration initiative aimed at achieving fuel savings and job creation at no increased cost to taxpayers.

Obama says the program will help create jobs, save money and cut down on pollution. He calls it a “trifecta.”

The cost to renovate buildings is to be off-set by energy savings.

Clinton calls it “the nearest thing we’ve got to a free lunch in a tough economy.”

Obama and Clinton announced the plan Friday at a downtown office building that is undergoing renovations under the new commitment.