At this moment Representative Boren’s staff is drafting energy legislation for the House. They have signaled HR 650 will be included in their Bill. 650 is known as Cleaner Trucks for America Act.
First, the bill would increase the incremental cap for vehicles weighing more than 26,000 lbs from the existing cap of $40,000 to $80,000. Buyers of qualifying alternative motor vehicles are eligible for a tax credit equal to 50% or 80% of this capped amount depending on the emissions of the vehicles’ engine. Vehicles eligible include those powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) liquefied natural gas (LNG) and E-85.
Next, the bill establishes a new tax credit for 30% or $100,000 for alternative fuel vehicle refueling property. The credit for the home refueling unit is increased from $1,000 to $2,000. Eligible fuels are compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Finally, the Cleaner Trucks for America Act exempts the buyer or seller of an alternative motor vehicle that weighs more that 26,000 lbs and the buyer or seller of an alternative fuel refueling property from personal and business alternative minimum tax liabilities (AMT). Fueling stations dispensing compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) and vehicles using these fuels are eligible for the exemptions.
Hi David I have just moved to Stilwell, Ok from central Illinois. I am practicing medicine at Memorial Hospital in Stilwell. I am an early member of Picken's Plan having joined soon after the web site went up. It is gratifying to see the plan's impact on congress so far.
How do we get our Senator's onboard? I have my doubts about Inhofe... he is such an... well, you know, but what about Coburn? I would love to see Oklahoma in the forefront of something positive for a change!
Good work you are doing!
We've got a PETITION started and it's getting some good traction.
We're telling President Obama and the Congress to allow more of us to "hook up" the the grid, Net metering regulations are all over the place across our country, we're asking President Obama and Congress to require utilities to allow 5% of the households in the area that they service to hook up to the grid with their own private alternative energy systems.
I'd appreciate it if you would go take a look at it and sign it.
Click the link above or I've created a redirect so it is easier to tell people in person www.pacificsunlight.net
David, I am very optimistic that I may have foumd just the right person to work with me and help organize and attend meetings here in Eastern Oklahoma. He is a "mover and shaker" and presently works for a huge coal fired electric co-generation plant near here in the field of government laison and public relations.. He said he would get back with me in a week or so but definetly seemed to be interested in helping the Pickens Plan.
Hi David...I am a 68-year old disabled Vietnam veteran (Communications Technician R-Branch) and I am on oxygen so hardly ever get out of the house but, I want to do what I can to help Boone's Plan. If I were able to go to meetings I might consider being an organizer. I do have expereince with the media, radio, television and newspapers,so, would be easy for me to get the word out and help promote a local area meeting if I could locate someone to head it up. Hope I may look forward to meeting you someday David.
Hi David, 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: