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Tell Obama to Put Solar Back on The White House

In 1979, at the dedication of a new solar hot water heater on top of the White House, President Jimmy Carter had this to say.

“This dependence on foreign sources of oil is of great concern to all of us. In the year 2000, the solar water heater behind me, which is being dedicated today, will still be here supplying cheap, efficient energy. A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever taken by the American people.”

Sadly, President Carter’s words were more telling than he knew as the water heater and the 32-panel photovoltaic array that had been installed came down under the Reagan administration.  While many may view this as a nefarious plot, in fact the panels were taken down for routine maintenance of the roof and never replaced due to cost.  Nonetheless, the act of leaving them off speaks volumes in and of itself.

Presently, there is a 9 kW system that sits atop a shed on the White House lawn that was installed by the Parks Administration, but this is not the type of statement that needs to come from the President and his administration.  Instead, what we need, from President Obama, and other leaders around the world, are photovoltaic systems on all of their residences to make a strong statement that this is the direction that we need to be headed.  Of course, a system on the White House would not alleviate the electrical needs for a residence of that size, but it would act as a sign post letting the world know that this is a priority.

Please take a moment and sign the petition at Put Solar On It to send a clear message that this is what We The People desire.

Thanks,
Dave

Dave

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Dave Chameides

Dave Chameides is a filmmaker and environmental educator. His website and newsletter are designed to inspire thought and dialogue on environmental solutions and revolve around the idea that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. "Give people the facts, and they'll choose to do the right thing."

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8:09AM PDT on Oct 22, 2010

It's a win!! Yeah, proof positive that some do listen to the people's voice.

9:26AM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

Solar panels on the white house would be most welcome!!

3:46PM PDT on Aug 5, 2010

YES!!!! Obama should set the example for the country!!!

2:14PM PDT on Jul 30, 2010

Yes, Obama needs to correct one of the more ridiculous moves made by Richie Rich...oops I mean Ronald Reagan

6:14PM PDT on Jul 28, 2010

When I look at the White House, I see a huuuuuuuge expanse of yard that could be turned into flower gardens for attracting butterflies, bees, and birds, as well as vegetable gardens grown organically. What better way for the First Family to set an example for America than by actually doing these things themselves?

4:58AM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

I find it ridiculous that Pres. Obama professes to support any environmentalist cause but still feels he must ignore putting back solar power on the White House.
Why is that, I wonder?
Let me not blame anyone in particular, but who is the no. 1 citizen in the country at present?

4:11AM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

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3:18AM PDT on Jul 24, 2010

Excellent video and message! Keep it alive and pass it on so others become aware to keep it alive. Clean, green sustainable solar energy.

3:33AM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

I completely agree! I have solar panels on my house and a solar hot water system, and I feel so much better about running any appliances in my house, not to mention any power I make is fed back to the grid - it's fabulous!!

2:08PM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

Wonderful idea.

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