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On the heels of President Barack Obama's visit Tuesday to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to tour the building's rooftop solar array -- and, by the way, sign the $787 billion stimulus bill -- Westword's Michael Roberts recalls the last time a U.S. president celebrated solar power in Denver. Solar installations, not to mention presidential visits, have come a long way since President Jimmy Carter dodged drunken revelers in 1978 at Rick's Cafe, a celebrated singles bar in Cherry Creek that used the sun's rays to heat its dishwasher.
Never has the partisan nature of the renewable energy debate been more on display than it was Tuesday during the historic Denver signing of President Barack Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package.