The greening of the White House
Posted by danishova on April 7, 2009
Doesn’t this story from the A.J.C. just make your heart go pitter patter? Catch me while I swoon.
The family already is taking action to set an eco-example for the nation. First lady Michelle Obama recently broke ground for an organic herb and vegetable garden on the South Lawn. The Obamas have installed an environmentally friendly wooden swing set for their children on the White House grounds. Cushioning underfoot is made from recycled rubber tires…
Obama isn’t ready to give details of his broader go-green plans for the White House, but administration officials report that small steps are under way: The housekeeping staff is making the switch to greener cleaning supplies, and complex managers have asked engineers and groundskeepers to use greener products whenever possible. Efforts are afoot to improve and promote recycling.
Be prepared for heartache:
Sometimes, good intentions have gotten ahead of the technology in eco-efforts at the White House.
In the late 1970s, President Jimmy Carter installed a $30,000 solar water-heating system designed to save $1,000 a year in heating costs. It didn’t really work.
“Talk to anyone who worked in the West Wing then, and they would say they washed their hands with cool water,” said former chief usher Gary Walters, who spent 37 years at the White House before retiring two years ago.
And then there’s this:
For all the enthusiasm about going green, though, there are practical limits. Last year House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced a “Green the Capitol” program to zero out the Capitol’s carbon impact by December 2008. But this month, the House abandoned the goal of carbon neutrality. Other aspects of the program are ongoing.
It’s fair to say that Carter and Pelosi are poster children for the epic failures of the Democrat Party.