Where Are the White House Solar Panels President Obama Promised?

White House inaction

Remember nine months ago the Obama administration promised to put solar panels back on the White House roof? We’re still waiting. Bill McKibben on AlterNet (emphasis added):

Thirty two years ago today, President Jimmy Carter installed a series of solar panels on the White House roof. He stood up there on the roof that day, and issued an oracular warning: “A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, or it can be a small part of the greatest adventures undertaken by the American people.”

We found out the answer in much less than a generation — it only took six years for Ronald Reagan to rip them off the roof. But we thought we’d gotten a new chance last fall when the Obama administration promised that solar panels would go back up this spring.

…So what’s the hold up? Possibly Obama just prefers coal: earlier this spring he opened up a huge swath of federal land in Wyoming for mining, the equivalent of inaugurating 30 coal-fired power plants. More likely, his political advisors are afraid people will connect him with Carter — that he’ll catch some kind of electoral cooties and lose his campaign for a second term. My best guess? I think he’s just concentrating on other things, and that to him global warming is a second-tier problem.

President Carter got solar panels installed faster, and that was before you could simply look in the Yellow Pages and find a company that would do it. Maybe President Obama is too busy playing golf with Republicans, or spending well over $700 million (so far) in an attempt to take Libya’s oil. Solar is cheaper!

More info:
Administration Fails Pledge To Return Solar To White House Roof By Spring
Obama Administration Fails On Promise To Put Solar Panels On White House Roof By June 21

Gore Slams Obama As Climate Change Failure

“[Obama’s] election was accompanied by intense hope that many things in need of change would change,” Gore says. “Some things have, but others have not. Climate policy, unfortunately, is in the second category. Why?”

UPDATE: Fox News’ Top 10 Lies About Climate Science

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  1. #1 by brewski on June 22, 2011 - 9:44 am

    As you have pointed out before, getting UBL is the only promise Obama has kept. He has broken every single other one, including solar panels.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on June 22, 2011 - 9:58 am

    I think the Obama staffers enjoy hippie-punching, because it makes them feel more “serious” and part of the Washington establishment. But last fall they lost a lot of voters, and they stand to lose more.

  3. #3 by Rico on June 22, 2011 - 10:14 am

    Al Gore, Anderson Cooper, and now Richard Warnick.

    The emperor has no clothes!

  4. #4 by cav on June 22, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    Look for a naked person and you’ll have found the emperor. I guess

  5. #5 by Quinella on June 23, 2011 - 1:43 pm

    The are panels up on the compound of the White House, along with thermal panels and George Bush put them there.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/27/technology/how-it-works-from-a-white-house-roof-solar-power-proclaims-gains.html check the article date. J Carter had thermals put on the White House roof during his admin as well. Let’s face it Obama is a total fraud. Where are the fans of the African Prince on this?

  6. #6 by Richard Warnick on June 23, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    Actually, the National Park Service installed the panels and didn’t tell President Bush about it. Or Faux News, either.

  7. #7 by Quinella on June 23, 2011 - 1:48 pm

    How does that matter?

  8. #8 by Richard Warnick on June 23, 2011 - 1:54 pm

    General Petraeus went ahead and bought off Iraq’s Sunni insurgents without telling President Bush, because he knew Bush wouldn’t go along with the idea. I assume the Park Service applied the same logic– just give Bush a fait accompli and skip the politics.

    The last time I posted on this subject, Bush supporters claimed credit for their guy because he put solar panels on his so-called “ranch” in Crawford, Texas. But that’s not the point. Bush made no effort to lead the nation in the direction of renewable energy.

    The Obama administration’s green energy efforts are faltering.

    “The White House will lead by example,” United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said during remarks at the GreenGov Symposium on Oct. 5, 2010. “I’m pleased to announce that by the end of this spring, there will be solar panels that convert sunlight to energy and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House.”

  9. #9 by Quinella on June 23, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    .The first statement is an assumption, and then your assumption is made on that assumption. Nobody knows what Bush said, wanted, or didn’t want. The Sunni’s were bought off. Yet the only panels at the White House were never out there by Obama. You get the credit for what happens under your command for better or worse.

    While Bush was president the better part of all wind power this nation has was installed, here is today, Obama will get any credit for his efforts. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/02/george-w-bush-wind-power_n_522901.html

    To mischaracterize Bush despite his short comings and somehow denigrate what actually happened while he was CIC is to somehow use this to defend as impossible as it is our current lout, who is the worst president ever.

    The coming drubbing of Democrats will be a testament to how bad he and they are, given how bad they(republicans) and he(bush) were. Just whe you thought it could be no worse, we get Obama, his claim to fame? Dead irrelevent guy killer.

  10. #10 by Richard Warnick on June 23, 2011 - 2:54 pm

    A commenter on AlterNet (the post was about Obama’s kicking the can down the road in Afghanistan for another 3-4 years) sums up this administration:

    Obama’s entire presidency is a litany of “Obama Passed Up An Opportunity To __________ ” fill in the blank. This president will go down as the first black president while he had the opportunity to become one of those Mt. Rushmore kinds of Presidents who made a difference when a difference was needed. Too bad he wasn’t up to it.

    It would be bad if the Bush administration’s record on green energy beats Obama’s. Obama has embraced “drill baby drill” with the fervor of a convert, and he loves nuclear power too. Never mind the worst oil spill ever, and the worst nuclear accident ever. But he can’t beat Bush for the Worst President Ever title, that’s impossible short of nuclear war.

    You might have a point about Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda was arguably irrelevant even before the bin Laden raid, and Obama’s approval ratings bump came and went very quickly. Now it appears that Obama is refusing to recognize it’s time to wrap up Bush’s unwinnable wars.

  11. #11 by brewski on June 23, 2011 - 4:36 pm

    It would be bad if the Bush administration’s record on green energy beats Obama’s.


    The amount of wind energy installed in the first year of the Obama adminsitration was 50% below that of the last year of the Bush administration. So your fear already came true in spades.

  12. #12 by Richard Warnick on June 23, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    Thanks for the link. The graph indicates a drop off in wind power construction from 2009-2010. So it went up the first year of the Obama administration, then down last year. The Democrats should have put more infrastructure spending in ARRA, because our crippled economy isn’t driving up the demand for energy.

  13. #13 by brewski on June 24, 2011 - 9:18 am

    Our entire energy policy and renewable energy policy is managed poorly. I could write on that topic for pages. Very little of ARRA was for actual projects. The number I seem to remember was somethink like 13%.

  14. #14 by Ken on June 24, 2011 - 11:29 am

    They are gone with the “Hope and Change”.

  15. #15 by Richard Warnick on June 24, 2011 - 11:57 am

    Have fun mocking “hope and change,” but remember the Republicans and the Tea Partyers are offering nothing better than economic sabotage and war on the middle class. Both major political parties ought to consider how long they can get away with backing Wall Street against Main Street.

  16. #16 by brewski on June 24, 2011 - 1:56 pm

    war on the middle class

    I guess I missed that platform in the last GOP debate.

  17. #17 by cav on June 24, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    The dems are pushing the GOP into such postures – those manipulative, malicious, liberal devils.

    Reality seems to be receding just as quickly as we modify our attempts to approach it. Maybe it’s time to replace platforms with magic carpets and go in search of the mythic.

  18. #18 by Richard Warnick on August 15, 2013 - 1:46 pm

    OK, it took three years but FINALLY the Obama administration is delivering on their promise to install solar panels at the White House.

    • #19 by brewski on August 15, 2013 - 7:05 pm

      They will be installed just in time for President Palin to have them removed.

      • #20 by Richard Warnick on August 16, 2013 - 9:24 am

        Right-wing Republicans: Always wrong, but never in doubt.

  19. #21 by cav on August 16, 2013 - 11:03 am

    I, for one, take great solace in being lied to by anyone proclaiming themselves to be my bettor.

    Just the way I roll.

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