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Maldives President Installs Own Solar Panels, Skips Town

Oct 11, 2010 by The Lorax

Broken News

That's the country's president. Seriously.

The president of the low-lying island nation of the Maldives helped install solar panels on the roof of his official residence, but then apparently fled the country in the middle of the night. A panicked voice message left with the Associated Press from the president cited the fact that as a country, “the Maldives are totally fucked.”

A day later, the president sent an email from an undisclosed location with a calmer explanation for the timing of his expatriation: “We have some kick-ass tax credits for installing solar panels on rooftops,” he wrote. “So I decided I would cash that in before getting the fuck out of Dodge.”

The Maldives are among the most at-risk nations in the world as the oceans continue their rise due to climate change. Earlier this year the country reportedly ordered a “shit-ton” of sandbags apparently aimed at fortifying their shorelines. With close to 1,200 islands, though, it remains unclear if the shit-ton will be enough. The president, in his email, guessed that he would be only the first of many prominent citizens to leave the country “before we’re all breathing salt water. Seriously guys, get out of that place while you can.”



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