Solar-Powered Conservatism

By Erick Erickson

On June 20, 1979, then-President Jimmy Carter dedicated solar panels newly installed on the White House roof, saying, “In the year 2000 this solar water heater behind me, which is being dedicated today, will still be here supplying cheap, efficient energy.” Less than a decade later, President Ronald Reagan had the panels removed. The panels of the day were not very efficient and were doing little more than heating water.
Fast-forward to today and it is clear the Carter-era stunt did much to cement in the minds of conservatives that solar energy is a waste of resources and must be subsidized…. …read more

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