President Barack Obama takes Solar Energy to the Roof Top
In his Inaugural Speech President Barack Obama said, “We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.”
As all domestic policies, what better place to start than at home. When it comes to home, home for the President Barack Obama is today the White House. Barack Obama plans to install solar panels on the roof tops of the White House's living quarters.
But what does this mean? The symbolic gesture of installing solar panels on the roof of the White House goes beyond promoting green technology. It is deep and historic. In fact the story of solar panels on the roof of the White House goes back into the Presidential Years of Jimmy Carter.
The US President (1977-1981), Jimmy Carter believed that solar energy could be as efficient as fossil fuels. In 1973 an energy crisis hit America. The crisis was shaped by embargos set on Arab oil. Jimmy Carter in his Address to the Nation supported a new national politics and believed that solar energy could have a greater participation.
A few years later, in 1979, during the Islamic Revolution of Iran, international policies caused petrol prices to rocket to new heights. Crude became Black Gold. Drivers around the United States formed lines to fill in their tanks. It was then that Jimmy Carter installed solar heaters in the roof of the White House. Stations of Solar Generation of Electricity where built. Some of those installations are still operational to the day. More than 1 million mirrors installed in those years still generate 354 megavolts.
It was President Ronald Regan who ordered the solar panels installed by Jimmy Carter to be removed from the White House. By then the economy was stable and crude prices were more accessible. However, the Middle East conflicts where escalating and shaping into what they are today.
Today again, the President of the United States of America, plans to reinstall solar technology on the roof of the White House. It is said to be a global campaign to persuade world leaders to install solar on their homes. However, for others it is much more.
Is history a pendulum? Do you think history repeats itself? Do you have ideas of your own on solar energy? Would you install Solar Panels in your rooftop?