Gov’t message: This solar advertisement brought to you by gas

C.J. Ciaramella Contributor
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When it comes to going green, sometimes the government sends mixed messages.

A tipster alerted the Big Government blog to this sign for The Solar Decathlon, a competition and exposition organized by the Department of Energy that invites teams to build solar-powered houses. The competition is held in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall.

Look closely. The sign is powered by a gas generator. According to the tipster, there were several such signs around. The advertisements were “made possible” by Dow Corning, a multinational silicone company.

It’s not the first time in recent memory that government has adopted a “do as I say, not as I do” attitude about going green.

Last week, Boston media caught Massachusetts Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick driving in his SUV on the first day of the state’s “car-free week.”