Change is in the Air

President Obama’s Inauguration Brings Hope, Promise, and Millions to Washington DC – Not to Mention Renewable Energy.

Via bbcradio/the guardian/triplepundit/Serengreenity

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President Obama’s inspiring speech touched on creating a Green New Deal:

“The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. 

We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.  We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. 

We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.”

 

Indeed, nothing embodies change in the air more than the two wind turbines spinning on the Mall as part of an exhibit by the National Botanical Garden.

wind_turbine_and_capital1This turbine is from Mariah Power

and this one, the design of  Southwest Power.

windturbine_southwestBoth will be on display through January. Only a few hundred feet from the Capital steps where Obama took his oath of office today, the small turbines are the type that will provide power for farms, individual homes, and businesses. The turbines on the Mall are working models, contributing power to the DC grid.

Last fall, Congress passed a small wind turbine tax credit providing a $4000 tax break for homeowners and small businesses installing these types of systems.

As Barack Obama took his oath this morning, these turbines were quietly doing their part, a testament, along with the millions of Americans bearing witness, that change is in the air.

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