White House solar panels taking 'longer than expected'
October 14th, 2011
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White House solar panels taking 'longer than expected'

Washington (CNN) - On October 5, 2010 Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Council of Environmental Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley announced a plan to install solar panels and a solar water heater on the roof of the White House. In a statement, the two called the installation a "demonstration project showing that American solar technologies are available, reliable, and ready for installation in homes throughout the country. "

"This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home," Secretary Chu said in the statement.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I ordered some windows, and was told they would be available at Home Depot in three weeks. It took 6 weeks. I guess it sometimes takes longer. Watch Mittsy come out and say, if he was president, his solar panels would be made in China and delivered 3 months ago.

    October 14, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Since the article doesn't mention it, I guess I will. Pres. Jimmy Carter had installed solar panels on the White House during one those "energy shortages" that kept popping up throughout the 1970s. Carter had also created an energy agency with the specific purpose of developing alternative energy sources, reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

    Pres. Reagan won the election in 1980, Declared the solar panels on the roof the White House a waste of taxpayer money, as well as the agency Carter had created to develop alternative energy sources. US policy has been to ignore alternative forms of energy development ever since. That was a major turning point, a missed opportunity.

    October 14, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Captain Awesome

    Mr. President, in case you haven't heard the news, your crony friends at Solyndra drove the company into bankruptcy. You might want to ask for a refund on those solar panels.

    October 14, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Captain Awesome wrote:
    Mr. President, in case you haven't heard the news, your crony friends at Solyndra drove the company into bankruptcy.
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    But, Blackwater got at least 10 times that amount (every year for years) for doing arguably nothing compared to what they were getting paid. The Defense Department picked up all of their expenses as they occured.

    In other words, they traveled on military planes instead of providing their own transportation and getting re-imbursed. They were given weapons and munitions, instead of having to go out and purchase if for their own use.

    Basically, enlisted people were paid one rate per person, and Blackwater was paid at 10-50 times that rate per person.

    October 14, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Captain Awesome

    @Rudy NYC – if you're saying that Obama = Carter, I must concur!

    October 14, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Captain Awesome is an example of why republicans should apologize to Americans for being so anti American. By the way, under Clinton, 22 million jobs were created, in one term under Carter, 11 million jobs where created. Under "W" a little over 1 million jobs were created in two terms, and $5.5 trillion was added to our national debt. Bush will always be the worst president we had to endure.

    October 14, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Captain Awesome

    @Rudy NYC – assuming your premise about Blackwater is correct, does that make it any more acceptable for obama to waste half a billion dollars of taxpayer money when he was warned that Solyndra would go bankrupt? Is it ok now, since Bush did it first? Is that really your argument, Rudy NYC?

    October 14, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. bill

    Rudy, is this the same Blackwater corp that was awarded a quarter of a billion dollar contract by the obama administration?

    October 14, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |