T. BOONE ROUND-UP
T. BOONE ROUND-UP
Since Boone has access and implied support in the Washington beltway and the Stimulus package already includes aspects in support of America’s energy independence, conservation and the development of clean energy options…how about suggesting this…
The premise would be that as part of the new administrartions Energy Independence Plan that gas prices be ROUNDED-UP one tenth of a cent and that the proceeds are earmarked for energy conservation education in our nationwide schools from K-12.
After all, no one really thinks of $1.79.9 as anything other than a dollar eighty. It would simplify the math at the pump and the accumulation of dollars nationwide could be distributed to State Education budgets and provide a significant contribution to the objective of decreasing our energy dependence by introducing conservation techniques in our early education core curriculum. As Boone stated during his meeting with Owens-Corning, conservation is the cream in our efforts toward energy independence. It may be that school children will be reminding their parents to turn off the lights and then teach their children how to accomplish what we adults have thus far failed to learn.
Here are some interesting numbers:
*Just for example, daily gasoline consumption in the USA in 2007 was 390 Million Gallons x .001 = $390,000.00 x 365 Days = $142,350,000.00. In long hand that’s ONE HUNDRED FORTY TWO MILLION THREE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS a year which would be allocated toward early education for conservation with kids between the age of 5 and 18. It sounds to me like enough money to educate a few adults along the way…
The Feds already collect approximately 18.4 cents on every gallon, so the reporting and collection infrastructure is already in place. They would just need to separate a tenth of a cent to an Energy Conservation Early Education Fund.
Consumers wouldn’t really feel it, and may be happy to dispose of this enigmatic penchant for a discount store mentality when it comes to gas pricing. The visibility and historic nature of even pricing will be a daily reminder to generations of consumers that they are contributing to our Energy Independence, National Security and a Healthier Planet with every gallon they buy. Getting rid of the .9 is a good thing all around.
I am grateful and proud to be a member of the Pickens Plan. We have assembled an army without uniforms, guns or bombs. Our weapon is our relentless determination to conserve the energy we produce, develop new clean alternatives and end our dependence on foreign imports.
In referencing our ability to solve the unprecedented problems at hand, President Obama has passionatley proclaimed YES WE CAN. With Boone’s leadership, influence, resources and the perspective of his long experience on the ground…he has clarified the reality…which is YES WE MUST!
BOONE, your army is with you. We can’t imagine a better legacy for any man.
With great appreciation,
Jack Costantino, Jim Muhaw and 1.4 Million riders in your ROUND-UP!
New Jersey Congressional District 11