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Hi Colorado Bob, Here is a way to help and give tools to all of us for getting more RE projects started. I have been pushing for the sell of US Treasury "Energy Independence Savings Bonds". Savings bonds are normally purchased in $25 increments. This gives a way for just about any American to tighten their belts just a bit by skipping a meal at McDonalds or Pizza Hut and buying a RE savings bond to support a project. I need help pushing this project, I've faxed and emailed many in Congress/Senate already. My email is email@example.com. Here is a copy of a fax sent to Nancy Pelosi yesterday:
Honorable Speaker of the House Congresswoman Pelosi,
I am an Electronic Technician Chief in the US Navy with 27 years service stationed overseas. I’m outlying an idea to assist and work with current plans for achieving energy independence. I urge you, as speaker of the house and the driving force to form the select committee on energy independence and global warming, consider for discussion and introduction into the house US Treasury Savings Bonds for Energy Independance.
In WWII America sold war bonds supporting the war effort. When young, my mother told me her primary school raised enough money through bonds to build a tank to support troops. I am impressed with the patriotism and purpose of our greatest generation that accomplished so much.
Selling energy bonds for RE (Renewable Energy) development would lower foreign oil imports and assist with the complex problem of funding. Bonds sold as “Energy S” could support new solar trough plants, “Energy W” to support wind farms, Energy “H” to support hydroelectric plants, Energy “T” to support RE transportation such as electric bullet train routes powered by RE, Energy "C" COOPS for small communities only needing a small quantity of turbines, and Energy “I” for needed infrastructure high voltage power lines to the RE site. Bonds will have the project name and include an artist’s perspective of the project and an American flag. President Obama had great success with the internet during his campaign. In a similar manner, using the internet, energy bonds could have a website listing current projects and an “electronic checkout” could purchase a bond $25 or higher. Simpler methods of payment such as “PAYPAL” and credit cards would be available and after an electronic purchase is complete a color print out of the bond is available with a follow up of the bond in the mail. The website would limit quantity of projects for each category until funding is complete. After a project becomes funded, a new project will be available. A tab on the site will show history and status of previous projects. Purchasers may take great pride in “collecting” and displaying bonds of various RE projects and participating at different levels of financial support. Solar trough plants in the multi-hundred MW size capacity with molten salt energy storage in California, Arizona, and West Texas can provide a major portion of electric needs. North Dakota has potential to support 1/3 of our nations electric needs in it’s class 4 wind zone areas. There are plenty of suitable proposed wind turbine farms now around the nation to significantly increase our RE if funded. Mid sized hydro-electric has not been used in America to it’s full potential. Following the example of our neighbor, Canada, it would provide a significant increase in percentage of electric production. Developing all three we could provide the majority of our electric and heating needs through renewable energy in a "New New Deal" fashion allowing natural gas for transportation as T. Boone Pickens is working for. Bullet train routes have proven a viable alternative to commercial domestic air service and when powered by electricity provided by RE suppliers America would be in the forefront of world technology. Example, I heard of discussion for a commuter train from Denver to Colorado Springs. Such a route built as a renewable energy project with charter requirement legally requiring to only purchase electricity from available renewable energy sources would be a model example. There are many train routes, city bus systems, and government vehicles that can be converted to run from alternative energy sources and fuels. Jobs created would bolster the economy, lower trade deficit, and strengthen national security. I would take great pride in print outs of bonds with graphics of each project I supported and many other Americans would also. The energy bonds could have tax breaks. BLM lands may be a viable place to start for some projects.
I contacted the US treasury department and was told that the marketing department for savings bonds closed several years ago. I was told there would be problems because savings bonds are at the federal level while the projects will be at the state and local level. I disagree and believe that these can easily be figured out in the way of grants to the state and local level using money from the bonds for those specific projects. I was told to check out auctions on the www.treasurydirect.gov website and found them to not apply to citizens wanting to buy savings bonds to support a cause such as energy independance. I was told by the treasury department to look into CREB (Clean Renewable Energy Bonds). I found CREB to be large scale funding that a citizen would not be able to participate in as a US Treasury Energy Independance Bond would provide. If given the tools to participate directly, the power of the citizens of the United States to help achieve energy independance could not be denied. Americans mean well and the Energy Independance Savings bond program will give citizens the power at their level to make it happen. If marketed through a web page, commercials, and to federal employees the word would get out and participation would spread like wildfire.
Mr. Paul Gipe, a resident of Bakersfield CA, an author of several books about wind energy, and recipient of multiple awards as a pioneer in the industry since the 1970's has put a letter I wrote to Senator Dorgan on this subject as well as an older letter I wrote on wind COOP in JAN07. These websites are:
Like your comment, Colorado Bob: "I guess if my leg's broke on the mountain side. I want a Lama coming in to get me." Good insight! I am a barely beginning helicopter pilot-in-training, still in school. Very nice photos! Take Care, - Christiane
Hi again Colorado Bob,
Hope life is treating you well.
Thanks for adding me as a friend!
I think you became a friend after I sent out a message to all of my friends and I wanted to let you know about the "Pledge" in case you don't already know about it.
We now have a "Pledge" at the top of pretty much every page - including yours. It is in the blue line and next to "The Plan". Just click on it and it takes you to a page to fill out the Pledge. You click done and it sends it to Pickens, Then it gives an option to send the same Pledge to your politicians in your area, just click that button to do that.
Also, off to the right there is a button to click in order to download the Pledge and hand it out to people who are not on the net (The fax number on it is an 888# and paid for by Pickens).
Even the 1st page we signed on to has it now,so they don't even have to "join" the plan, they can just Pledge support.
Howdy Colorado Bob. Greetings from Fargo, ND. Did anyone ever tell you that you look like the late Lee Marvin? North Dakota is building wind turbines faster than prairie dogs can pop back into their holes. Eastern North Dakota, where Fargo is located, is very flat. there is nothing to stop the wind. Fargo has taken over Chicago as the country's windiest city. They say it is so flat around Fargo, you can watch your dog run away for three days. I have an idea for the poles for the wind turbines, check out my blog. I hope you are not affected by the hurricane, if so be careful..
Take care now. Peace, Bruce
Hello Colorado Bob,
I sure like your humor! Mighty nice pictures too! But I am here for your knowledge. ;o)
One of my friends here in Michigan rubs elbows with politicians and wants more specific information about the wind turbines, so that when she is pushing the plan she has some info under her belt. Can you direct me to the spot to explain any of it? Like cost to put up, output once installed, space needed for install, life expectancy, etc.?
By the way, your 2.0 experience on the Mac seems to have been upgraded. 2.0 does not allow downloadable graphics/videos to be accomplished. You must have accidentally upgraded to 3.0 ;o)
Thank you for your comments on my group wanted Patents, Prototype. you have good information to share and I can't wait for the movie of your life.
I just posted a movie on the Group page that you should watch with maybe some popcorn and a beer. It's 42 minutes long.
It's like finding the lost Bible of Energy. You will never be the same man after. Please let me know what you think
Thanks for the picture of Stuttgart.08/15/08
Please take a look at the executive summary on my page. We are in the process of establishing a nonprofit innovation laboratory in Houston Texas dedicated to inspiring young people to pursue technology careers and to the development of the next-generation of strategic technologies to meet our current global challenges. Alternative energy is a major focus of our program.
Right now, we are in need of people willing to sponsor our efforts or to finding sponsorship for us.
We believe this can be the beginning of an effort that can spread to other areas of the country and create a critical mass of new technology ideas and innovative technologists to meet the challenges.
Any assistance you could provide would be appreciated.