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Stephen & Rebekah Hren: Obama Sees the Light! Solar Coming to the White House

Just two weeks ago we were whining and moaning over at Scientific American that Obama had refused free solar for the White House.

In the pantheon of cool presidents, this put him beneath Jimmy Carter, and probably lower than old codgers like the two Roosevelts. Well we’re happy to report he had a change of heart! We like to think Michelle got wind of this lemon of a decision and gave her beau a nice good boot to the rump. Solar for Everyone!

Even George W. Bush put up solar at the White House grounds, including the first ever solar electric system, coming in at around 9kW. Carter’s were just solar water heater panels, but they were actually on the White House, an important symbolic gesture that represented a belief in the future of the technology that Bush’s squirreled away PV didn’t give. In fact, it’s believed that the sole purpose of Bush’s solar electric system was actually to remotely power Cheney’s robot brain, stored many miles beneath the swamp of Washington.

This article appeared originally at The Carbon-Free Home blog.

Stephen and Rebekah Hren are the authors of, most recently, A Solar Buyer’s Guide for the Home and Office, available now.


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