Besides fundamentally changing the US, causing energy prices to skyrocket and coal mines to close down, can anyone name a promise Obama HAS kept?
America is in the midst of something of a solar resurgence, but not at the White House.
On June 20, 1979 President Jimmy Carter installed 32 solar panels, used to heat water, on the White House roof. In 1986 under the Reagan administration those panels were taken down for a routine roof resurfacing and never returned. However, in 2010, President Obama announced he was bringing solar panels back to the White House roof, which the administration said were slated for installation by the spring of 2011.
But as 2012 winds down, the panels — which the Department of Energy had said would likely produce 19,700 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, more than twice the electricity used by the average Washington home — have still not been installed, and many are asking where are they Mr. President?
In a bid to raise attention to the issue, author and climate activist Bill McKibben tried to hand deliver the Carter administration’s solar panels to the White House two years ago. McKibben had a sit-down with White House officials, and even appeared on the “Late Show With David Letterman” pleading his case for the panels to be returned.
When the Obama administration announced they were indeed installing new panels McKibben was excited, suggesting that as a national role model, solar panels on the White House could inspire people across the country to follow suit.
“If it has anything like the effect of the White House garden, it could be a trigger for a wave of solar installations across the country and around the world,” he wrote at the time.
But after two years and still no panels adorning the White House roof, McKibben’s excitement has morphed into disappointment.
When asked by ABC News about the status of the panels, the White House said “they are in the procurement phase.” The only solar panels currently on the White House grounds are ones President George W. Bush put on a maintenance building to warm the swimming pool.
Why didn’t they just procure some of those solar panels Solyndra destroyed? Well, that would simply save taxpayers money and that’s above Obama’s pay-grade.