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bigmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 06:48 PM
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24. I wish I remembered where I saw this.
I read this in the "living" section of a newspaper, I think in the early 90's. A U.S. science teacher was musing about those solar panels, and wondered if they might be surplus govt. equipment, and so available for use in his classroom. He traced them to a particular warehouse, they were govt. property, and he applied to use them. He got the use, but here's the kicker - the feds made him sign a non-disclosure agreement to not reveal where they came from! It seems they were embarassed by the misuse of taxpayer funds to remove the things from the White House roof. Nowadays I assume it would just be a state secret. :sarcasm:

Of course it makes no rational sense to remove them, once they're up, until they've at least paid for themselves. The initial cost is the major reason it's not a more popular solution, although the costs have come down significantly since the 70s.

Unfortunately, this is just from memory, but it was reported in the newspaper article as factual.
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  -Reagan removed solar panels from White House trof  Jul-02-08 07:32 AM   #0 
  - go over to E/E and tell me that there isn't some over there who wouldn't do the same thing  madokie   Jul-02-08 07:34 AM   #1 
  - Some or one?  seemunkee   Jul-02-08 06:54 PM   #25 
  - Reagan thought solar was 'voodoo' technology...  islandmkl   Jul-02-08 07:37 AM   #2 
  - The bastard dismantled more than the solar panels that  OwnedByFerrets   Jul-02-08 07:38 AM   # 
  - Carter was ahead of his time.  cobalt1999   Jul-02-08 07:38 AM   #3 
  - Carter might've won that one, if Reagan's goons hadn't promised Iran missiles to stall  struggle4progress   Jul-03-08 01:02 AM   #27 
  - Ronnie and his blushing bride trusted the stars more than the Sun.  Vickers   Jul-02-08 07:41 AM   #4 
  - If only Nancy's astrologer had said solar panels on a roof focused her readings.  Idealist Hippie   Jul-02-08 10:39 AM   #11 
  - And that is the definition of irony  tridim   Jul-02-08 12:16 PM   #18 
  - Carter was right 30 yrs ago.  baldguy   Jul-02-08 07:53 AM   #5 
  - St. Ronnie  MuseRider   Jul-02-08 08:16 AM   #6 
  - Reagan removed DEMOCRACY from the White House.  janesez   Jul-02-08 08:20 AM   #7 
  - What a sad story.  sellitman   Jul-02-08 08:25 AM   #8 
  - Regan probably thought they would attract signals from UFO's  old mark   Jul-02-08 08:28 AM   #9 
  - The problem with the early solar panels was that they were so expensive that  deaniac21   Jul-02-08 09:14 AM   #10 
  - Perhaps not much economic Payback on the White House But the symbolic payback would have been HUGE!  calipendence   Jul-02-08 12:14 PM   #15 
  - Jimmy Carter's The "Crisis of Confidence" Speech:  pnorman   Jul-02-08 11:55 AM   #12 
  - K&R n/t  Lugnut   Jul-02-08 11:56 AM   #13 
  - He was _such_ a poophead  GreenPartyVoter   Jul-02-08 12:07 PM   #14 
  - He also eliminated all the tax credits and research funding grants.  Toucano   Jul-02-08 12:15 PM   #16 
  - we need to rehab the carter image  dembotoz   Jul-02-08 12:15 PM   #17 
  - Must've been a strong bloke at his age to take 'em down by himself...  HypnoToad   Jul-02-08 12:21 PM   #19 
  - I'm glad they'll be at Carter's library. Some should go to the Smithsonian, where more can see this  Hekate   Jul-02-08 01:01 PM   #20 
  - But mCCain said Carter was a lousy President....  LeftHander   Jul-02-08 01:30 PM   #21 
  - For what it's worth...  Terran   Jul-02-08 01:39 PM   #22 
  - I will never understand the "Saint Ronny" BS. He was deeply evil.  electropop   Jul-02-08 01:44 PM   #23 
  - I wish I remembered where I saw this.  bigmonkey   Jul-02-08 06:48 PM   #24 
  - I remember when Reagan had those panels taken down. I took it as a big "Fuck you!" to those of us  scarletwoman   Jul-02-08 07:10 PM   #26 
  - One of many  KT2000   Jul-03-08 01:58 AM   #28 
  - Jimmy Carter was the greatest recent president, not Reagan  windoe   Jul-03-08 10:19 AM   #29 

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