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Barack Obama too scared to allow even symbolic support for climate change action?

campaigners had hoped that the White House would embrace at least the symbolism of going solar – much like Michelle Obama kicked off her healthy food movement by planting a vegetable garden.

Barack Obama says ‘no’ to solar panels on the White House roof | Suzanne Goldenberg | 10 Sept 10 Campaigner Bill McKibben says solar panels would demonstrate presidential leadership on climate change. A quest to get Barack Obama to shout his commitment to solar power from the roof tops – by re-installing vintage solar panels at the White House – ended in disappointment for environmental campaigners today.

Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, had led a group of environmental activists to Washington in a bio-diesel van hoping to persuade Obama to re-install a set of solar panels originally put up by Jimmy Carter.

The actual Carter-era solar panels – which weigh in at 55 kilograms and are nearly 2 metres long – are out-dated now. But campaigners had hoped that the White House would embrace at least the symbolism of going solar – much like Michelle Obama kicked off her healthy food movement by planting a vegetable garden.

Barack Obama says ‘no’ to solar panels on the White House roof | Suzanne Goldenberg | Environment | guardian.co.uk

September 11, 2010 - Posted by | politics, USA | , , , , , ,

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