Hi, ya'll. My thoughts about Mr. Pickens' idea are "Wow, someone who cares and actually has a plan". The problem I see is that for the plan to work the money hungry rich would have to bail the country out of the h*** that the money hungry rich put us into. I actually have two(2) ideas on how to help finance these ideas if we can just get the government to do their part. Every time I look at a roof top (and lately with the recent hail damage in my area I've looked at a lot of roofs) I see wasted energy loss. There can be a great amount of energy produced if more roof tops included solar systems, however the people who own these homes can't afford the cost of adding these systems. My first idea (and probably the most unpopular) would be to have congress propose that anyone who makes a certain amount each year (say 100K) would have to donate 1% of their yearly income to provide solar power pannels to those who make less than the proposed amount. Starting with the poorest, working the way up to the middle class, and then finally the rich. Those who already have installed solar systems would get some kind of compensation when their turn came up. Those whose houses would not support a solar system would recieve a wind system or they could choose to opt out and continue with the current power system. These systems would probably not be sufficent to completely get off the grid but would help produce power nationally and help lower energy bills (which helps the economy by giving people more money to spend). The other idea is to have congress propose a 1% federal sales tax which would be put into a fund to provide the systems mentioned above. The advantage to this idea would be the funds are provided by everyone including ,the poor as well as the rich, and immigrants(legal and illegal both). I understand that not everyone would like these ideas and that these ideas could actually hurt some folks, but something has to be done and I fear that we may already be to late. I'd like to hear ideas from others, but please keep the negative criticism to a minimum because it gets us nowhere.