Obama’s Solar White House Opportunity

In response to Stephen Lacey’s recent article soliciting opinions about whether President Obama should install solar panels on the White House, ala Jimmy Carter, here are my thoughts …

As Stephen points out, we all know what happened with Carter–he put them up, Reagan tore them down, end of story.  Which might suggest that it would be unwise for Obama to so publicly support a technology that he critics could use against him.  But it’s a bit more complicated than that.  it helps to have a better sense of what motivated Carter in 1979 and what was at stake when he held a press conference on the White House roof to unveil the solar heating system he’d installed.

I’ve written a short essay about this that you can read here.

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I'm a writer based in Bloomington, IN. I'm currently writing a book about renewable energy, titled "Renewable: A Reporter's Quest to Make Sense of the Coming Revolution in Alternative Energy," for St. Martin's Press.

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