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Living in the middle of the greatest concentration of coal fired power plants in the nation, we have severe air quality problems that affect the health of children and the elderly. We have many air quality alerts for fine particle pollution and ozone, both of which pose a health risk. I am also an avid bicyclist but try to avoid going on long rides when we have air quality alerts.
I have long been an advocate of renewables -- solar, wind and geothermal. I think the local utility people are starting to wake up and smell the coffee but it may take some convincing to recruit them.
What excites you about this campaign?
The fact that it is non-partisan and that Mr. Pickens is a true patriot who serionsly wants to solve the problem rather than pointing fingers and posture politically. I believe his arguments are sound. I was particularly impressed last night when he endorsed what James William Kunstler wrote in his book, The Long Emergency, He has been on target for quite a while.
What do you want to do to help?
I want to talk to my local utility people at Vectren, a natural gas and electricity supplier here in southwestern Indiana, to sponsor a debate between Mr. Pickens and former Vice President Al Gore right here in dear old Evansville, Indiana. Sometime prior to the November election would seem appropriate -- I think sometime around the second week of October would be ideal. We have two universities in this town, and an underutilized convention center that would be the perfect location to stage such an event. Our community could get national attention from hosting such an event and C-SPAN might even cover it and put it on the web site as a pod cast.
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Hi David, Would you be willing to share this with the people in your district? 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:
Thanks for the comment David, it is nice to look at the potential profitability of what we are doing while also trying to be environmentally, politically and morally correct, it is not very often they all work together...
To quote my new friend, Earl Scharff, from RI,
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Yeah, it was taken last year before the primaries over at Washington University in St. Louis. I still think he should have been the Republican nominee this time around but I understand why he didn't go for it this time.
He could certainly be a lot more helpful if he would endorse the Pickens Plan -- I agree with Mr. Pickens, we can't drill our way out of this problem.
Gingrich is all enthralled with the idea of the Hydrogen economy but has little to say about what we do during the transition. I do like his idea for an automotive X Prize for a reliable, 100 mpg vehicle. I think someone may have taken him up on that idea recently.
Its growing on me too but it still looks funny and how do I interpret the specification 1 gal = 100 miles = $10 million. Does the car cost $10 million? That's a little more than I can spend in 200 years.
I have been very busy over the past 30 days getting as many people together to move the funding plan in the correct direction. We are faced with a problem that it is obvious our government does not have a clue. We can as Americans make a change. Please go to www.usasolution.org the state of Ohio is now going to take the lead in this financial and energy mess that we are in. We have been hood winked into believing that the banks need to be paid first and that energy is something that needs a long debate. I and other business men in this state are taking the bull by the horns and not going to let the next president go into office without having a plan that we know and agree on. PLEASE TAKE THIS AS URGENT. We are in a crisis now! This plan needs to be done even in spite of what the new $800 billion plan is doing. We are now developing the full financial plan that is full of hard cold facts. The only way this country is going to change is by the people and it cannot be a slow movement. I worked in China from 1993 to 1998 and an old man told me that they only take one step at a time, but when 1 billion people take a step the whole world notices. If we do the plan that we are putting together it will fund the energy that we need here (from our own country) and we will start our economy as a wave that the world will feel. It is a $4 Trillion package and it not only pays for itself it will pay back our national debt and make our 401K's solid again. WE NEED TO START TODAY AND NOT WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW. I hope to hear from you very soon.
Dr. L. Coyle
Hi David, Do you have a good direct connection with Newt? If so, ask him to visit http://www.push.pickensplan.com/profile/samfleet to offer his services as speaker for a large venue of Pickens Plan supporters that will have big name entertainers and media coverage in Atlanta near the end of October.