The Obama administration pledged to install solar panels on the White House roof back in 2010.
The retrofit also includes installing updated building controls and variable speed fans, the official added.
This is not the first time solar panels have graced the White House’s roof: President Jimmy Carter had 32 installed in the late 1970s to provide hot water, but President Ronald Reagan removed them in 1986. Then in 2003 President George W. Bush installed a photovoltaic system on a maintenance building and two solar thermal units. The system heated the White House swimming pool.
Bush installed them also…
Sea Level Rise Maps
NOAA, in partnership with FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has created a set of map services to help communities, residents, and other stakeholders consider risks from future sea level rise in planning for reconstruction following Hurricane Sandy.
These map services (click here for NJ and NY State counties andclick here for NYC) integrate the best available FEMA flood hazard data for each location with information on future sea level rise from two different peer-reviewed sources (click here for a visual guide to the data sources used in the tool):
- A NOAA-led interagency report prepared as input to the National Climate Assessment, Global Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States National Climate Assessment. Scientists from multiple federal agencies and academic institutions synthesized the best available science to create a set of scenarios of global mean sea level rise through 2100. This team considered both ocean warming and melting of mountain glaciers and ice sheets. For all areas in NJ and NY outside the five boroughs, the maps use these global scenarios combined with the best available FEMA flood hazard data.
- The 2013 New York City Panel on Climate Change report,Climate Risk Information 2013: Observations, Climate Change Projections, and Maps. Experts convened by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability developed regional sea level rise scenarios for the five boroughs in New York City out to 2050. These scenarios include sea level rise from both ocean warming and ice sheet melt, and factor in local conditions such as vertical land movement and regional climate variations. For all areas inside the five boroughs of NYC, the maps use these scenarios combined with the best available FEMA flood hazard data.
Via GlobalChange.gov* (*Note, the U.S. Global Change Research Program program began in 1990 under President George H.W. Bush.)
Interesting: President George W. Bush renovates the Ngungu Health Center on Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Kabwe, Zambia, Africa. President and Mrs. Bush are in Africa to promote the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partnership, which aims to save women from cervical cancer. Photo by Shealah Craighead/The Bush Center
Via the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Our inability to forecast the implications of human-
induced climate change stems from our vast ignorance
of how in fact we are disturbing our surroundings. The
National Climate Program Act of 1978 was a step in
the right direction, towards helping us grasp the nature
of climate change on planet Earth. However, that
program has represented only a first effort in what will
be required to address this enormous problem
Congressman George Brown in 1987.