Target: President of the United States Barack Obama
Goal: Thank the President and his staff for installing solar panels once more on the White House and for launching programs to support solar technology innovations
Four years after announcing solar panels would be installed on the White House, construction has finally begun. It kicked off a day of exciting solar-related announcements which included a commitment to the creation of jobs and educational programs that will greatly expand the solar field over the next decade.
The White House had solar panels under President Carter but these were later removed during roof repairs under President Reagan. President George W. Bush installed a handful for heating the outdoor pool, but at that point the project stalled. This renewed interest in solar panel installation coincides with President Obama’s announcement of 300 new public and private sector energy efficiency commitments. He also announced his support for training programs for 50,000 students entering the solar field, and the replacement of 500,000 outdoor lighting poles across the country with more efficient alternatives.
“The energy efficiency commitments made by the President today will not only benefit the environment by lowering carbon pollution, they are good news for our pocketbooks, too,” said Neal Elliot, Associate Director of Research at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. “Energy efficiency can save money in every nook and cranny of our economy,” he continued, adding that “these actions will reduce energy waste in industrial plants, commercial buildings, low-income housing, restaurants and supermarkets, water treatment plants, federal buildings and more.”
Solar energy means less money spent on bills for citizens and a significant decrease in the damage being done to the environment and to human health. Thank President Obama for following through on his word and for continuing progress towards cleaner energy solutions.
Dear President Obama,
I wanted to thank you for sticking to your word and installing solar energy panels on the White House. Not only is it better for the environment but it also sets a good precedent for the country. It served as a nice kickoff for your announcements concerning your deepened commitment to the field of solar energy.
It is exciting to learn of your support of training programs for 50,000 students in the solar technology field, and encouraging to learn that half a million outdoor lighting poles across America will soon be replaced with more energy-efficient counterparts.
Thank you for supporting clean energy and a better future for ourselves and our environment.
[Your Name Here]
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