White House is Finally Getting Solar Panels Back

Politico (Tiger Beat on the Potomac) reports that the WH is having solar panels installed – well, RE-installed! I’m sure they’re not the ones that were removed by Reagan, probably brand new ultra efficient panels, but it’s about time the 21st century energy source is utilized by the people’s house.


Absololutely every structure built in the United States of America in the year 2013 should have solar panels installed.

Of course, panels should have been on the WH all this time since 1979 when they were first installed. There have been solar panels AT the White House since 2003 when the Bush administration brought in some to heat water. 

In 2003, solar photovoltaic panels were installed at the White House. Two smaller solar thermal systems were also installed to heat water: one for landscape maintenance personnel, the other for the presidential pool and spa….

The Bush Administration itself never really announced the project. Instead the installation was completed “under the radar;” industry trade journals were the media that picked up the story.

So typical. Bush’s people brought in panels because they were the right efficient tool for the job, but to do so openly, to announce it, would be treason to the cause of fundamentalist carbon defenders. I wonder if Cheney even knew.

This is all so curious because many scholars have observed a lag time of a generation or two in the adoption of the next new technological break through so that it seems as though the latest thing just happened, but in fact was in the works for as long as 50 years.

Steam power was begun in the 1770s, but took the world by storm and changed everything in the 1830s. Electricity, telephones and internal combustion were developed in the 1860s and 1870s, but didn’t really take off until the early 20th century.  Ground work for the information revolution and computers were laid in the 1940’s and 1950s, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that the technology began to be adopted on a widespread basis.

I’m convinced one of the reasons for this is that the soon to be anachronistic industries fight tooth and nail against their betters. And with that political power is arrayed against new technologies.

We’re seeing this with renewable energy even today!

Can you imagine how much further along we might be if those solar panels had stayed on the White House, had been adopted by Reagan, instead of scoffed at and removed to placate his oil and coal patrons? 

If Reagan burns in hell for nothing else, his trashing of the last real comprehensive energy policy we’ve had in this country will be sufficient reason.

Boehner and GOP have given up trying

The GOP would lose more popularity every time Boehner speaks if they hadn’t already hit bottom. Now that may seem like a glib line, but I mean it. Polls are showing that the POTUS is absolutely beating the GOP in the PR war over sequester, as he has on each of these silly issues, as he did in the ELECTION. And yet they persist in their ridiculous, ill conceived and factually flimsy attempt to make people think that our latest manufactured budget crisis is everybody’s fault but theirs.

Boehner, with another layer of tan from his vacation golf, continues to flat out mislead by claiming the ball is in the Senate’s court because of budgets the last Congress passed (they expired, so um, NO!). Or claim the POTUS is somehow to blame for everything because he’s taking his arguments to the people around the country. It’s easy to say Boehner and his GOP minions are not fooling anybody, but they are – the same minimal information minority they’ve been talking to almost exclusively since Mitt Romney admitted in Boca Raton that the GOP believes they are the only real Americans and at least 47% of the country are unreachable to them. Turns out it was 53%… and growing. Only 22% of people self-identify as Republcans in a recent poll. 

“The president has known for 16 months that this sequester was looming out there when the super committee failed to come to an agreement,” Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill. “And so for 16 months, the president has been traveling all over the country holding rallies instead of sitting down with Senate leaders in order to try to forge an agreement over there in order to move a bill.”

So Obama was wrong to run for President for a year. He should have let Romney have the field to himself. It’s so unleaderlike to campaign.

In the real world Boehner is just teeing up killer responses by Pelosi and Reid making Boehner seem stupid and silly. But he cares not because in Boehner’s increasingly smaller Fox News world his audience will just laugh at Pelosi and Reid’s rejoinders, if they hear them at all. The conservative bubble immunizes the 22% from the truth. So it costs Boeher nothing with them.

Unfortunately, the story does not end there. When you have mainstream miscreants like Woodward and the usual Politico hacks bending the truth into a pretzel in order to excuse the GOP from its culpability in this entire fiasco, the water is muddied. While the Dems continue to win the PR war, once again the essential truth is deranged so that the win is not the total annihilation it should be. The media continues to prop up a joke of a national party and the clown car they came out of.  

The simple fact is that the sequester was, as Ezra Klein described it, a punt. In the summer 2011 debt ceiling deal, everybody knew that there was an ideological logjam and nothing could be decided. So they came up with sequester, and putting off the big conflict until after the election, because (1) it was so poisonous it would motivate the two sides, and (2) the election would decide which ideological side the country favored. But here we are with the Democrats and Obama the clear winners but the GOP so intractable in the face of their defeat that they are ready to swallow the poison and claim they liked it.