White House Turns Down 'Free Solar Panel' Offer...
I just walked out of a disappointing meeting with the White
House: they refused to accept the Carter solar panel we came to
Washington to deliver and said that they would continue their
"deliberative process" to discuss putting solar panels back on the White
Well, we're done deliberating. When Pakistan is under water,
Russia is on fire, and millions of people are ready for clean energy
jobs, it's not time to deliberate: it's time to get to work.
We entered this morning's meeting buoyed by the over 40,000 of
you who signed our letter requesting President Obama to make the
retrofit. We were equally heartened by the hundreds of work parties that
have been registered since our road trip began on Tuesday. And we were
humbled by reports of the amazing work being planned in places like
Zimbabwe, where a group of students will be installing solar panels on
the roof of a rural hospital for 10/10/10.
I'm also incredibly proud of the three students from Unity
College who stood right up to the officials we met with and explained to
them that if they wanted to communicate about the greening of the
government they should do something in a place where people pay
This week's road trip got incredible media coverage in places
like Newsweek, the Washington Post, USA Today, and more. Thousands of
you helped spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. Hundreds of you
signed up new work parties to show how you're leading this movement for
climate solutions. Because in the end, that's what it is going to take: a
Your efforts are building incredible momentum. In the last
month, big partners like Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra
Club, and the World Council of Churches have joined the 10:10 Campaign
and 350.org in planning for
10/10/10. The day will be a moment to bring our entire movement
together and show our so-called leaders what real leadership looks like.
As for the Carter solar panel, it's going to stay in Washington
for now, ready for President Obama to come take it home. And as for me,
I'm going to head home myself for a few days of rest before hitting the
road again to drum up support for 10/10/10.
Your hard work means the world to us, let's keep up the fight.
PS: This week
was a big week for our online growth too -- we're super close to 100,00
supporters on Facebook. Push us over the edge: Click here to invite your facebook friends to join you.