White House Agrees to Install Solar Panels

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010 at 10:11 am

The Obama administration has agreed to install solar panels on the White House. The decision comes after environmentalists, led by 350.org, met with White House staff last month to discuss the issue.

It’s important to note that there is a strong underlying political back story surrounding these panels. It comes down to Carter (who installed the panels) vs. Reagan (who took them down). For environmentalists this dynamic tells a broader story about the positions of Democrats and Republicans on climate change, and it is a not-so-subtle metaphor for the current dynamic in Congress.

At the same time, the decision is meant to send a signal that solar technology is alive and well, despite the fact that it lags far behind wind.

According to the White House, the installation is part of a broader “Department of Energy demonstration project showing that American solar technologies are available, reliable, and ready for installation in homes throughout the country.”

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said:

This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home. Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come.

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Comment posted October 5, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

Lead by example.

Way to go, finally someone with guts.


HSR0601
Comment posted October 5, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

Thinking out of box :

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While some nearsighted folks are counting cents on the utility bill, the vessel America is sinking right now.

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As always, the U.S. stock market has been so busy chasing the economic data while the oil money, the significant chunk of red ink, has been spilling severely and doggedly.

For example, what if a household spending far outweighs its earning ?

To date, the Congress & just about media have been gripped by the infamous lobbyists, in place of FRESH IDEAS, which I feel results in this unimaginable scene.

It is claimed that : ” the U.S. uses about 24 percent of the world's oil, this equates to 20.9 million barrels a day. If the U.S chooses to embrace renewable energy, the U.S could save $750 billion per year and create about 6 million jobs”.


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Doc3
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It is like having the Beverly Hillbilly's in the White House.


Lisa
Comment posted October 6, 2010 @ 8:33 am

I wonder what is the cost, and the expected ROI, of solar panels on the white house?


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A mere political decision, they care less for the environment…

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