The Solar Decathlon may be back on the National Mall if a group of senators has its way.

This week, 11 Democratic senators and one Independent signed an official letter urging Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar and Energy Department Secretary Steven Chu to do what they can to get the event back on the mall. 

Just a few weeks ago, the National Parks Service decided that the mall had suffered too much damage thanks to the green building event, where participants from all over the world set up shop and display their low-energy usage homes. This move did not sit well with event organizers and event hopefuls who have been raising money to return to that venue for the fall 2011 event.

Now some senators are trying to bring the event back to where it started. It will be interesting to see if they have any say over this, or if they are just trying to score some points in the environmental world.

Here’s a list of the 12 senators. No word yet if anyone on Capitol Hill is against this idea.

Sen. Robert Menendez, (D-N.J.)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-N.Y.)

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii)

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Sen. Dan Inouye (D-Hawaii)

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

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