…And high tides of politics
White House solar panels being installed this week
Wa-Post — By Juliet Eilperin, Published: August 15
After nearly three years, the White House began installing solar panels on the First Family’s residence this week, a White House official confirmed Thursday.
The Obama administration had pledged in October 2010 to put solar panels on the White House as a sign of the president’s commitment to renewable energy.
The White House official, who asked not to be identified because the installation is in process, wrote in an e-mail the project is “a part of an energy retrofit that will improve the overall energy efficiency of the building.”
At the time of the 2010 announcement, then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu and White House Council on Environmental Quality chair Nancy Sutley said the administration would conduct a competitive bidding process to buy between 20 and 50 solar panels.
The officials did not identify the supplier or cost of the project, but wrote the White House “has begun installing American-made solar panels” and the initiative, “which will help demonstrate that historic buildings can incorporate solar energy and energy efficiency upgrades, is estimated to pay for itself in energy savings over the next eight years.”
The retrofit also includes installing updated building controls and variable speed fans, the official added. […/]
On Thursday, climate activist Bill McKibben, whose group 350.org had organized one of the campaigns to install solar power at the White House, welcomed the news that the installation had begun.
But wouldn’t it be great if Barry would cut his offensive, personal carbon footprint, including AF-1 and consolidate those extra and double trips? He could probably save enough in one month to pay for all those solar panels and upgrades.
Get this, he cannot afford to have school kids or visitors for White House tours but he must expidite this… achem, it will eventually pay for itself. But White House tours are way too expensive and there is no return for the “investment”. That’s the Hypobama mentality.
Well kids, unless yo can prove you can produce electricity or some service to the White House, then forget it, you are not green enough. (maybe you could take turns pedaling a generator while the next group comes through….or maybe you could wash dishes?)
Meanwhile, Barry and his family will freely abuse the privileges of carbon-producing technology as much as they can, as far as they can, as long as they can; while they deny student field trips and tours. The efficiency gauge is busted on AF-1.
The shift has alarmed some industry officials, as well as coal allies. Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) described the administration as coal’s “adversary” and brought a state delegation headed by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) into the White House on Aug. 1 to meet with McCarthy and Michael Rodriguez, the White House legislative affairs director.
While Manchin called the nearly hour-long session “very respectful and productive,” he also said it exposed the “deep differences” between politicians like himself and Obama.
“You cannot describe this any differently than as a war on coal, and not just in West Virginia or the U.S. but on a global scale,” he said. “They’re using every tool they have to destroy the most abundant, reliable and affordable resource that we have.”
Kids and tourists, just think, you can tell everyone your sacrifices helped pay for those solar and efficiency upgrades. Won’t that be special? And you can also remember that when you or your parents pay that added Executive Order tax on the phone you carry.
Obama’s White House put it this way:
Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that WhiteHouse Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule affected tours. We very much regret having to take this action, particularly during the popular Spring touring season. Please check this webpage for updates regarding this situation, or contact the White House Visitors Office 24 Hour Hotline at (202) 456-7041.
The White House Visitors Office
Fortunately, no such sequestration on solar panels to the White House.
(Whew, that’s a relief…. or, you know, people might talk and complain!)