President Obama discussed higher education, gas prices and clean energy among other topics Thursday at an east Reno business.

President Obama spoke at ElectraTherm - a business in east Reno that makes and sells a machine that converts heat into power.

Today's trip is part of a three-day, west coast swing aimed at building support for his debt-cutting budget plan.

There was also a protest by the Washoe County Republican Party and the University of Nevada's College Republicans. Also, a rally calling on the President to reconsider Yucca Mountain as a nuclear energy park was held nearby.

On a side note, Obama said the Justice Department is assembling a team to investigate fraud or manipulation in the oil markets.

Obama discussed gas prices and mentioned Attorney General Eric Holder's the new task force. He said he wants to make sure that consumers aren't being taken advantage of in the short term.

Pump prices are averaging $3.84 per gallon for regular gas. That's about 30 cents higher than a month ago and almost a dollar higher than a year ago.

But there's not much Obama can do to affect the price in short term.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)