White House Agrees to Talk About Solar Panels on the Roof

By Chris Good

Environmentalist Bill McKibben has been campaigning for the last few weeks to get solar panels put back on the roof of the White House, taking a road trip to DC with the original panels President Carter installed before Reagan took them down, which McKibben has lifted from their current home at Unity College in Maine for the purpose of this advocacy effort.

Well, the administration has agreed to meet with him. From a press release this morning:

McKibben has been in back and forth negotiations with the White House for the last 48 hours to push for them to accept the panel and show they have a plan to get solar back on the White House roof -- a California solar company, Sungevity, has already offered to install a new set for free. As of Thursday morning the Administration has offered to meet with McKibben and his team and says they are discussing the proposal to put solar back on the White House roof. "We keep hearing, 'We'll see' and 'It's complicated,'" McKibben said. "Compared with the other things Obama has to do, it seems relatively easy. You can't filibuster the roof."

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