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.