Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Film Examines Jimmy Carter's White House Solar Installation
Leave it to the Europeans to thoroughly document a glorious chapter in American history -- the comprehensive energy policy of the Carter Administration and the decision in 1979 to install solar panels on the roof of the White House.
In "A Road Not Taken," Swiss filmmakers Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller, working on a next-to-nothing budget, take their camera from Maine to D.C. to Atlanta to explain the history of the installation and sadly the later removal of the solar panels by Ronald Reagan.
While President Obama has yet to install solar panels on the roof of the White House again as he promised, the film does end somewhat happily as they deliver one of the original solar panels, which had been stored at Unity College in Maine, to the American History Museum in Washington for permanent storage as an important artifact of American history.
Here is the trailer:
Posted by Josh Marks at 8:21 AM