Bill McKibben and crew smiled as they set off on their road trip to convince the White House to put solar panels back on the roof. Three weeks later, the White House announced they were reintroducing solar panels.Photo: 350.org via FlickrLooking back a few weeks, we were bitterly disappointed when the White House failed to act on our request that they put solar panels back on the roof. But in truth, I'm almost happy that they waited. Today's announcement that the Obamas will be taking their showers and cooking their breakfast courtesy of the sun could not have come at …
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Bill McKibben is founder of 350.org and Schumann Distinguished Professor at Middlebury College in Vermont. He was recently honored with the Gandhi Peace Award for his work coordinating the civil disobedience actions around the Keystone XL pipeline in June 2011. He serves on Grist's Board of Directors.