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TomCat S (125)
Monday February 20, 2012, 12:26 am
I have been very encouraged by Barack Obama’s statements of support for green energy, but the time has come for him to act on that support. Especially in the area of solar, we have a narrow window of opportunity to move forward in both the manufacture and the deployment of solar components.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 20, 2012, 1:00 am
Yes, the Whitehouse should lead the way! Great idea.

David C (29)
Monday February 20, 2012, 2:04 am
I still do not know why there is not a some solar components on all the homes of the world!

Joe R (190)
Monday February 20, 2012, 3:50 am
Thanks TomCat. Noted.

Ellen m (215)
Monday February 20, 2012, 4:54 am
I I think he may be afraid the name Solyndra would come up.
But that definitely should not hold back the US from getting their act together in this department, hell, we can't afford not to! thanks TC, and have fun, I can say that because i get one in three weeks :-0

Past Member (0)
Monday February 20, 2012, 5:24 am
Thank you.

patricia lasek (317)
Monday February 20, 2012, 6:05 am
From on Oct. 5,2010:


President Barack Obama will have solar panels put back on the roof of the White House to demonstrate that renewable-energy technology is practical for U.S. homeowners, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.

“The White House will lead by example,” Chu said today at a conference in Washington. A solar-water heater will be installed in addition to photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, which will be in place by the end of June, he said.“It’s been a long time since we’ve had them up there.”

President Jimmy Carter had solar panels installed on the White House’s West Wing 31 years ago. They were taken down under Carter’s successor, Ronald Reagan. Solar-energy advocates have pressed Obama to return panels to the executive mansion as a symbol of his commitment to renewable energy. The panels and heater will be atop Obama’s private residence in the East Wing.

“Putting solar on the roof of the nation’s most important home is a powerful symbol calling on all Americans to rethink how we create energy,” Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, a Washington-based trade group, said in a statement.

The Energy Department said in a statement that it will hold competitive bidding to choose the company that will install the solar systems."

Let's hope it happens. The panels are supposed to USA made too.

Ellen m (215)
Monday February 20, 2012, 7:32 am
Yeah, but unless they're bullet proof i don't see it happening.
And another reason i say Carter is a great man and one of our best presidents of the 20th century.

Jean Corcoran (1)
Monday February 20, 2012, 7:45 am

. (0)
Monday February 20, 2012, 7:55 am
Obama does not care about anything or anyone .all he cares about is how he can screw up )a lot more
and give it to the fools who elected him in the first place ( President Barack O Obama )
Struggling Incompetent Liar !!!!!
(Peggy Noonan )
The President has awakened a sleeping Giant

Carlene V (202)
Monday February 20, 2012, 8:18 am
@ Diana S - Yes, he has awoken a sleeping giant but you are wrong on one point, the people who are waking up are those who are realizing what a bunch of lying hippocrites the GOP are. What have they done to help with jobs or the economy Diana? Absolutley nada! They are running their wasteless campaigns on their arcaic social agenda and more wars and money for the wealthy. Their "jobs, jobs, jobs" have turned into disinfranchising voters, taking away womens rights, workers rights, gay rights. Please do tell us with specificity what the GOP has done for you lately?

Sue H (7)
Monday February 20, 2012, 8:23 am
It would be a good thing to have the White House as a shining example !

Susanne R (236)
Monday February 20, 2012, 8:23 am
After reading Patricia's comment, I couldn't help but wonder whyRonald Reagan would remove the solar panels that Jimmy Carter had installed on the White House. What a totally irresponsible thing to do! I did a little bit of research and learned that a documentary had been made about Jimmy Carter's installation of the panels and what happened to them after they were removed. They DID find a good home, and one of panels can be found in Carter's presidential library. In case anyone is interested in viewing the trailer for this documentary, I'm attaching the link: THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED (If anyone is interested in seeing a young Bernie Sanders, you'll see him, and recognize his voice, somewhere in the middle of this trailer.) As far a Regan's reasoning is concerned, I found many opinions --depending upon your opinion of Ronald Reagan. Personally, I agree with those who thought it was done for the benefit of Big Oil.

Thanks, Tom, for posting this article and Patricia for providing the historical background regarding the White House's solar panels.

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Monday February 20, 2012, 8:34 am
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Susanne R (236)
Monday February 20, 2012, 8:48 am
I'm not sure whether or not President Obama has awakened a sleeping giant, but it's apparent that he's awakened an angry troll...

Past Member (0)
Monday February 20, 2012, 9:13 am
knowledge is not power its empowering lets be empowered
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Carol H (229)
Monday February 20, 2012, 9:41 am
noted, thanks Tom

Judith Emerson (0)
Monday February 20, 2012, 10:10 am
Solar is a no-brainer! Somehow we've gotta overpower BigOil/Gas!!!!!

Kit B (276)
Monday February 20, 2012, 11:50 am

It seems that nearly every week I read of a new advancement in solar technology. As for Obama doing something...he is/has and continues to do something. What you hear about on TV has little to do with reality. He has sponsored the solar highway system in Oregon, is helping to sponsor the solar arrays in the Mojave desert, has fully back the conversion from coal to solar in San Antonio - the list is is long. I offered you all a link to Obama's accomplishments, it's still on the Care2 site under the title "Why Vote for Obama" or here's another:

David C (75)
Monday February 20, 2012, 11:57 am
If every home and other building had at least one solar panel (made in USA of course) on its roof, think how many jobs it would be creating and how much cleaner energy it would be producing......

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday February 20, 2012, 12:26 pm
In a country which touts national energy security as a significant concern, solar is definitely one way to shift away from complete foreign oil domination. But it is but one option. Wind turbines and geothermal are two more options. Obviously, at this point, they cannot meet all the needs, but everything has to start somewhere.

And for those naysayers who tout the Keystone XL project, I say think again. Keystone XLwill:

- be responsible for significant environmental damage, particularly in the Ogalalla Aquifer, during construction and in the case of a spill which is almost guaranteed to happen;
- be responsible for health issues in workers and others because this oil is much more toxic;
- transport tarsands oil, a heavy, caustic oil, between Alberta, Canada and the Koch brothers (heard of these obsessive, compulsive power seekers?) Corpus Christie refinery only to be sold on the open market to the highest bidder (the Kochs only allegiance is to greed and power, not the US) and 'not end up in your gas tank' to quote Robert Redford.
- not provide the jobs that the GOP says it will --- they can't even agree with each other on the number of jobs and TransCanada has already admitted it lied when it proposed the project in the first place because the country needed jobs. US jobs are estimated at about 60.

Solar has the opportunity to invest in American jobs manufacturing solar components and building solar plants. It will reduce the dependence on foreign oil, and Canada itself is a foreign, sovereign nation although a US ally. Remove big oil subsidies and transfer those over to the burgeoning alternate green energy programmes.

I for one, am glad to see Mr Obama lead by example at the WH. Going further on federal buildings where it makes sense would be another way to push solar and demonstrate its viability. There will be hurdles. Probably the biggest at this point will come from the GOP dominated Congress who has its collective nose so far up the oil industry butt, that the oil industry is hyterically laughing all the way to the bank. Time for a big change in the Congress to bring back government for, by and of the people with a Democratic Congress and President.

Ellen m (215)
Monday February 20, 2012, 12:40 pm
@ Susanne 1, troll 0.
You known i saw a photo of "The Lollipop Kids" attached to an article on the 3 wingnut front-runners a few weeks ago...any movie spoofs with trolls holding tablets?

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday February 20, 2012, 1:01 pm
@ Diana S --- Pray tell Diana, who is the sleeping giant to whom you refer? Before you wrongly denounce Mr Obama again, try reading Kit's excellent article on Care2 "Why Vote for Obama" --- Here's the link:

And go to also provided by Kit

Past Member (0)
Monday February 20, 2012, 1:11 pm
Most citizens are unaware of the fact that REAGAN AND BUSH removed solar and other green implementation that were put in place by Democratic presidents, including actual solar panels on the white house!

patricia lasek (317)
Monday February 20, 2012, 1:32 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Jean L. because you have done so within the last week.

You cannot currently send a star to Susanne because you have done so within the last week.

Miss Kitty, you are a shining star in this vast wasteland of darkness.

Svetlana B (21)
Monday February 20, 2012, 2:13 pm
Noted, thanks Tom

Yvonne White (229)
Monday February 20, 2012, 2:33 pm
Right on Yvette! Solar & wind power would provide so many more jobs than Big Oil & Coal do too! I like Obama's plan & wish it included more subsidies for manufacturing individual household components as well.. "We can move our fossil fuel subsidies to green energy, and subsidize our solar industry to the came extent that China does. Or we can put a tariff on Chinese solar components until they are willing to trade fairly. My preference is the former. If we do nothing, the jobs will go elsewhere."

pam w (139)
Monday February 20, 2012, 2:46 pm
Please read Kit's comments (today, 11:50 am) Kit, I can't send you another star, but I would if I could!

Hartson Doak (39)
Monday February 20, 2012, 3:37 pm
I was wondering if the Obama has put PV on the roof of the White House?

Robert B (55)
Monday February 20, 2012, 4:18 pm
Diana S., Your sorry worthless piece of right wing propaganda hate puke is empty of all facts, just like your profile. Please don't insult our intelligence with your mindless biggoted rants. If you have any concrete facts let's hear them. The only thing screwing this country up are the extremist wing of the GOP/Talibaggers.

Fiona O (562)
Monday February 20, 2012, 5:01 pm
Obama should move on solar. But Europe is way ahead of us, particularly Scotland.

Ray M (0)
Monday February 20, 2012, 5:20 pm
Yes, but if he did, the despicable repugs would raise all kinds of hell about tax dollars paying for it. They'd love a new hate issue. He'd better wait until 2013. Go for it then, Mr. President.

Mary T (178)
Monday February 20, 2012, 6:42 pm
Thanks Tom, Clean energy is the only way to go, it is way pass time to get away from the dirty and toxic oil that is killing us and the earth.

Mari 's (1356)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 1:26 am
Exactly Tom I agree and noted! :) We want action. No more talking Action. Get it up and get it done!! :)

KS Goh (0)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 5:11 am
Thanks for the article.

Robert O (12)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 9:23 am
Thanks Tom. Everyone should go solar and maximize the wonderful benefits of all thew renewable energy resources. The dependence on fossil fuels has to stop.

Well put Kit B.

Dolores M (8)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 4:19 pm
I'd be happy if Obama just went away!

Rebecca N (25)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 6:06 pm
I wish we could all go solar! Thanks for the article!

. (0)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 12:47 pm
The problem is Obama has committed most of the energy budget to oil companies. Solar power was never a big idea for him. Remember, this was a man who throughout his administration talked of nuclear power...then Japan had an earthquake....

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday February 22, 2012, 1:22 pm
Thanks Tom, really do wish there was more done with solar power, there are lots of places with enough sun where it could work.

TomCat S (125)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 8:57 pm
Thanks to most. Kudos to Yvette and several more.

It is not true that Obama committed most of the energy budget to oil. Congress sets the budget. Democrats tried on several occasions to end the subsidies, but were blocked by Republicans aided by a handful of DINOs.

So there is no misunderstanding, my intent is not to support solar to the exclusion of other green sources and conservation.

Anne S (25)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 11:14 pm

All of you have said everything that I could say and better, but I will reiterate ...Diane IS a troll

AND.....Reagan sold us all out to big oil & gas.

TomCat S (125)
Friday February 24, 2012, 12:04 am
Thanks Anne.

Kit B (276)
Friday February 24, 2012, 12:14 pm

Folks - this Diana person is a troll with no profile - so best to let it go.
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