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Why did US President Ronald Reagan rip down the solar 'hot water' panels on the White House?
- Jul 18, 2021 8:42 pm GMT
US President Jimmy Carter installed 32 solar thermal panels on the White House in 1979. He made the following statement:
"In the year 2000 this solar water heater, will still be here supplying cheap, efficient energy."
In 1986, US President Ronald Reagan ripped the solar panels down. They become objects of increasing indifference. The new administration did not like renewables and was a 'waste of space' and not 'cost effective'.
This weekend, I had the pleasure of learning more about Solar Farms.
It was great to talk about the pros of Solar Farms as well as some of the challenges that developers face.
We discussed the difficulty in securing planning permission. A main constraint was the public perception of solar panels.
Scottish developers are the 'Jimmy Carters' of today.
Education on climate change is critical and we can't let solar energy remain in the dark. The benefits outweigh perceptions.
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