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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101005/ap_on_bi_ge/us_white_house_solar_power

The most famous residence in America, which has already boosted its green credentials by planting a garden, plans to install solar panels atop the White House's living quarters. The solar panels are to be installed by spring 2011, and will heat water for the first family and supply some electricity.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the plans Tuesday in Washington at a conference of local, state, academic and nonprofit leaders aimed at identifying how the federal government can improve its environmental performance.

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush both tapped the sun during their days in the White House. Carter in the late 1970s spent $30,000 on a solar water-heating system for West Wing offices. Bush's solar systems powered a maintenance building and some of the mansion, and heated water for the pool.

Obama, who has championed renewable energy, has been under increasing pressure to lead by example by installing solar at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, something White House officials said has been under consideration since he first took office.

Baby steps, but at least it's something.


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We can get Barry to compromise with us we just gotta keep the pressure on is all >.<

awesome win. small victories:goodjob:


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Print the notes and let the entire government run on solar panels. Make way for the solar panel technology/ market to be more accessible and less expensive for the common man. Just putting it on the White House could've been done on day 1.


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Print the notes and let the entire government run on solar panels. Make way for the solar panel technology/ market to be more accessible and less expensive for the common man. Just putting it on the White House could've been done on day 1.
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That's actually contradictory... Printing the notes would cause inflation & make it even further out of the reach of the common person.


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Dear Friends,

Just in time to give this weekend's Global Work Party [ http://www.350.org/101010 ] a White House-sized boost, the Obama administration announced this morning [ http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iMUnrmqM-z3tMC3a3JZRFIqrJKHQD9ILFH9G1?docId=D9ILFH9G1 ] that they are going to put solar panels on the First Family's living quarters, returning to a tradition begun by president Jimmy Carter and abandoned by Ronald Reagan.

It's a great win for your efforts over the last months--everyone who wrote letters, signed petitions for our "Put Solar On It" campaign [ http://www.putsolaron.it/whitehouse ], and turned out for the Solar Road Trip [ http://putsolaron.it/road-trip/ ] as we rolled down the east coast from Unity College towing one of the original Carter panels. We were disappointed that day that the White House wasn't prepared to go solar, but are now very happy and honored that they took our suggestion to look into the matter seriously.

Solar panels on one house, even this house, won't save the climate, of course. But they're a powerful symbol to the whole nation about where the future lies. And President Obama will wake up every morning and make his toast by the power of the sun (do presidents make toast?), which will be a constant reminder to be pushing the U.S. Congress for the kind of comprehensive reform we need.

And remember, President Obama's not alone: tomorrow, Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed and a crew from Sungevity will be putting solar panels on the Muliaa'ge, the "White House of the Maldives". It's a trend!

Of course, both of these initiatives are perfectly timed to lead into this weekend's Global Work Party, when 6127 carbon-cutting events (and rising) will take place in 187 countries. If you haven't already gotten involved, now is most definitely the time to join an event near you [ http://www.350.org/map ]--or register your own. [ http://www.350.org/oct10 ]

The first account of the news from the White House, from Associated Press [ http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iMUnrmqM-z3tMC3a3JZRFIqrJKHQD9ILFH9G1?docId=D9ILFH9G1 ] reporter Dina Cappiello, noted the efforts of 350.org to make this happen. In particular, I'd like to salute Jean Altomare, Amanda Nelson, and Jamie Nemecek, the three young women from Unity College who brought the Carter solar panels to Washington DC, and made such an impression on the White House.

They remind all of us why we'll be working hard this weekend for the Global Work Party--and why, when the day is done, we'll be putting down our hammers and our shovels and picking up our cellphones to call our leaders.

You never know what will happen when you ask for change.

Onwards,

Bill McKibben for the 350.org Team


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