Congressmen Ask Salazar to Keep Solar Decathlon on the National Mall


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Last month, the Park Service announced that the Solar Decathlon, one of the country's coolest energy and design competitions, might need to find a new home. Every two years as since 2002, the Solar Decathlon, which "challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive," has called the National Mall home, but the National Park Service says the event causes too much destruction to the Mall. Now a group of congressmen are coming to the Decathlon's aid, led by Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts. Markey, who headed the now defunct House subcommittee on climate change, sent a letter Friday to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asking him to reverse the Park Service's decision. Markey argues that the event is the perfect showcase for innovation and an example of how the US can lead on clean energy and efficient design.

The letter reads:

"We are also enthusiastic supporters of the Solar Decathlon which has been held on the National Mall every two years, beginning in 2002. Responding to the President's call to "win the future" requires organizing the most creative minds in the country to tackle our most serious challenges. The Solar Decathlon does exactly that by inspiring young innovators toward a clean, renewable, energy future."

We'll see if Salazar interjects himself into this situation. Here's a video put together by Markey's staff that shows what the Decathlon is all about.

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