ResponsAbility » nuclear Thoughts on corporate responsibility and sustainability Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:12:42 +0000 en hourly 1 A Ray of Light from the White House Mon, 11 Oct 2010 21:35:39 +0000 Andrew Cuneo By Andy Cuneo, Senior Account Executive, Washington, D.C.

It’s one thing to preach energy sustainability – it’s another lead by example. That’s just what the White House is doing here, as President Obama is having solar panels placed atop the beautiful mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The panels will serve as a means to power the entire house – from press room to the President’s basketball court – serves as a reminder of the differences we can make – one panel at a time.

President Jimmy Carter was the first to implement solar panels when he had them built to heat the White House water. President Carter made a famous prediction that day, saying: “In the year 2000 this solar water heater behind me will still be here supplying cheap, efficient energy. A generation from now this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be just a small part of one the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people.”

President Obama and many others around the U.S. are relying on new energy means to power this country. For generations, we’ve relied heavily on coal and foreign oil to heat our homes, power our transportation, towns and cities.  Today, we have an incredible opportunity to do what no generation has done prior. We can utilize advanced technologies to take advantage of the wind and solar energy we have in the U.S. Plus, technology is also allowing us to safely obtain near infinite amounts of natural gas and use nuclear as yet another means.

President Obama took the first step. He’s placed solar panels on his residence.  What will you do to match?

Hill & Knowlton works with the CASEnergy Coalition,  the America’s Natural Gas Alliance and other companies within the solar and wind energy sectors.

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