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May 28, 2009

Obama's Green Guru Calls for White Roofs

U.S. energy secretary, Steven Chu

Obama's green guru calls for white roofs

Professor Steven Chu, the US Energy Secretary, said the unusual proposal would mean homes in hot countries would save energy and money on air conditioning by deflecting the sun's rays.

More pale surfaces could also slow global warming by reflecting heat into space rather than allowing it to be absorbed by dark surfaces where it is trapped by greenhouse gases and increases temperatures

The Nobel Prize-winning physicist said the US was not considering any large scale "geo-engineering" projects where science is used to reverse global warming, but was in favour of "white roofs everywhere".

He said lightening roofs and roads in urban environments would offset the global warming effects of all the cars in the world for 11 years.

"If you look at all the buildings and if you make the roofs white and if you make the pavement more of a concrete type of colour rather than a black type of colour and if you do that uniformally, that would be the equivalent of... reducing the carbon emissions due to all the cars in the world by 11 years – just taking them off the road for 11 years," he said.

Secretary Chu said he was optimistic the US could lead the way through energy efficiency measures and boosting the use of renewables like solar, wind, nuclear and clean coal.

"The US will move, inevitably it will move first, as a more developed country we should be moving first, and I hope China will follow," he said.


The Science Behind White Roofs

It turns out that three huge proponents of the idea to paint the town white are former colleagues of Secretary Chu from the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL) and they're looking for their share of stimulus loot:

"It's also well timed. Akbari pointed out that by his and his colleagues' calculations, the plan could save Americans $2 billion annually in unspent air conditioning, even after taking into account the increased need for heating in winter. Moreover, he argued, it dovetails with the president's economic and environmental goals."
"The Obama administration has made it clear that it wants a substantial portion of the stimulus package to go toward creating a greener economy, but that desire has to be balanced against the imperative to immediately circulate cash and create jobs. Painting or resurfacing roofs or pavement, Akbari said, would nicely fulfill both objectives. The technology exists and is readily available, and since a substantial portion of the country's home and commercial real-estate owners are going to need to re-roof at some point in the near future anyway, it's about as shovel-ready as any proposal currently on the table."


Wild Thing's comment.......

Department of Energy needs to be renamed to the Department of Idiocy! This guy Kook-Kook-a-Chu is a whacko!

Hmmm, white roofs. I’ll put that idea right next to the ‘safer guns and safer bullets’ gemstone from Jocelyn Elders.

Plus the fact that they are using this Global warming LIE to for thei rown purposes. Just like Gore has done with his huge increase in income.

From Rush Limbaugh:

"The proponents, be they from science, be they from the lay community, are all looking for money. They're looking for donations; they're looking for grants from the government to advance a cause. They're looking for money and whatever it takes to get the money they will claim they're researching, and then of course they'll be duty-bound to produce the results that the grantor wants.
So we gotta go out and paint roofs white, and that's the only story -- you have to go to a blog to find out why. The Drive-Bys, in reporting that Steven Chu wants you to paint your roof white don't tell you why. "Oh, you save the planet." They don't tell you that two of his colleagues are behind the ruse in order to get stimulus money, stimulus money which is supposed to be creating new jobs. How is that stimulus money working for you, if you're unemployed? How is that hope and change working for you? So now environmentalist wackos want their fists on the stimulus money under the guise of saving the planet with white roofs. "

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at May 28, 2009 05:45 AM


You are so correct. How does it help me when I am unemployed? I get an extra 25 bucks a week in my unemploymment check from the "stimulus." That makes it 443 dollars a week.
The other thing, where in the hell does the obambozo find these people? Most of them have never worked a day in their lives. I mean in "dirty jobs"(apologies to Mike Rowe), one's where you actually use your hands. One has to wonder about the "elite's" grasp on reality.

Posted by: Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET at May 28, 2009 06:14 AM

Hi Glenn,
No need to wonder about the "elite's" grasp on reality, they have none.
I wonder how many of these bozo's have to call in an electrician to change a light bulb? Just a question.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at May 28, 2009 07:32 AM

This guy is a bozo and a half. White roofs? White roads? Do we all have to dye our hair white and wear only white clothing? Only white cars with white interiors? Come on, get real. I can't afford to make any changes.

Posted by: Lynn at May 28, 2009 08:22 AM

Well I got a question for these friggin Geniuses, I had to take two semesters of chemistry, so I am no expert on chemistry but their math doesn't add up. And if memory serves me correctly along with the periodic table. Carbon has an atomic weight of 12 and Oxygen has an AW of 16., now the total atomic weight is 44 of CO2, isn't 44 heavier than 16. So how in their convoluted world does CO2 float above something that is lighter. When you blow up a balloon does it float...No let go of it and it falls to the ground...why because it is heavier than air. A Helium balloon will float and if you breath it it makes your voice is lighter than air.

However, if it does float like all these environmentalist Whackos say, why does it stay trapped...Didn't these same Whackos already declare that we, the United States, have already destroyed the Ozone layer and therefore there would be no canope to trapped this gas in the first place.

And one last point, if CO2 floats then how do they explain a CO2 fire extingusiher, if it floated how does it put the fire out.

Painting the Roof white is akin to Fred Thompson's analogy of Government creating all these jobs. Half the people will be digging holes and the other half will be filling them in.

Posted by: Mark at May 28, 2009 08:34 AM

Let's see. We paint everything white in summer and then black in winter. Won't that be grand for the paint companies and their stock holders. But what happens to green, enviros fav color?

We also need to drive three wheeled, two person electric cars(Govt Motors), put diapers on cattle to prevent methane gases and set our thermostats to 72, ten degrees less than Obama sets his.

Yep, it's about money and power.

Posted by: TomR at May 28, 2009 01:02 PM

Eastwood's "LAGO" and Nobel's Prize

"Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them. "
- Unknown

Posted by: Jack at May 28, 2009 02:57 PM

Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET, I wonder
too. These peoople he finds they all are
so far to the left they had to live under

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 28, 2009 07:25 PM

Lynn, same here, they tax us to death,
then think we can afford to do this
stupid thing. They can dream on because
it will never happen.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 28, 2009 07:27 PM

Mark, LOL good one, I must have missed
that one or forgot about it.

"Fred Thompson's analogy of Government creating all these jobs. Half the people will be digging holes and the other half will be filling them in."

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 28, 2009 07:30 PM

Tom, good one!!! Yes all those things you
listed and it is all about their power
over us.
They better not force those stupid cars
on us.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 28, 2009 07:37 PM

Jack, LOL I love that quote.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 28, 2009 07:38 PM