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I live in a town along the Mississippi..it is too bad that the current along the river could not be used as well as the wind. The current near Alton is swift..
The area that I live in does not have anything started that I am aware of..but that does not mean it is not something that can be started.
What excites you about this campaign?
I have been hoping there would be someone who would take a leadership role in fixing our dependance on foreign oil. I can not believe our government has not seen this simple plan to use the wind and natural gas here..what an eye opening event in SweetWater TX. Such a clean way to make energy and leave no carbon foot prints..Totally awesome!!
What do you want to do to help?
I read alot and whatever I can do to help. I am not an activist but care deeply about this country and all that is provides. I have grandchildren and want for them to have a future and have clean air to breathe. We must get moving. We are a country with great ideas and must
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Hi Gale! Thanks for writing. I'm all excited there will be a wind farm but it is taking a while to get going. And it really will be too small to affect much here. My BIG dream is to get my suburban township involved in renewables. We need to change the zoning restrictions so that people can add solar panels or wind spires without moving heaven and earth. So far my plan is only in my head but, the times they are a-changin'!
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Good News is Blowing Our Way:
* Claim: Barack Obama says his energy policies would create 5 million new "green-collar" jobs in the economy.
* Rocky Truth Patrol says:
* This is a maybe only because it's an economic estimate based on a job category that no one officially tracks - at least not yet. And depending on which economic models are used to make these estimates, Obama's forecast of 5 million green-collar jobs might actually be too low, some experts think!
Obama says his administration would invest $150 billion over 10 years in a "clean energy economy" and "help the private sector create 5 million new green jobs."
Obama takes his figures from two recent studies. The University of California at Berkeley said energy efficiency alone could create 5 million jobs nationwide in the next decade. Note that this study counts jobs created directly in this field, but also indirect jobs created by the demands of the new workers and "induced" jobs created by overall growth in the economy.
The University of Tennessee recently estimated that 5.1 million new jobs could be created by 2025 if the nation got a quarter of its energy from renewable sources. That job number also includes indirect jobs.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the nation should expect 15.6 million new jobs in the decade between 2006 and 2016. Adding 5 million "green" jobs would represent just a 3 percent boost in the total employment, which hovers at about 150 million.
The Apollo Alliance, a nonpartisan organization of business, labor, environmental and community leaders, has said they wouldn't count indirect jobs, as do the studies on which Obama relies. However, spokesman Keith Schneider said the alliance actually believes, based on analysis of these studies and others, that the 5 million figure might be too low!
"It's going to be more than that," Schneider said. "The demand for this sector of the economy way outpaces the capacity."
For example, Schneider said, wind energy - a big issue for Coloradans - is facing a capacity crunch because there is currently a three-year backlog for the plate steel needed to make the wind turbine blades. The industry needs people to make the steel, then the blades, then install them, then maintain them, he said. But federal policies - including a tax credit that has expired before and is about to expire again - have made business bumpy, he said.
"The Apollo Alliance's research on the jobs question shows us clearly that if the United States pursues a new national economic development strategy to replace fossil fuels with clean sources of energy and the tools to use them, the economy will generate 5 million new jobs, and likely much more than that," Schneider said.
Hi Gale! Just wanted to stop by and personally welcome you to Pickens plan! I'm glad to see you taking initiative towards the need for more renewable energy policies and awareness! Please feel free to stay in touch and share you thoughts! Thanks!
Thanks for leaving a comment. I agree with you that we have to work as a team to get this initiative moving. My wife is a pharmaceutical sales rep and her office is her car, much like yours. If we could get get the big pharma Co's to switch the fleets to Nat Gas that is a strong start. But that is a huge undertaking we are talking hundreds of thousands of vehicles to convert or replace. But we have to start somewhere.
It's great chatting with you... Please keep in touch.
Welcome and THANK YOU for joining Pickens Plan. We need your help.
There is a perfect storm of events happening right now that create the possibility of a paradigm shift that is urgently needed. We have an angry citizenry due to pain at the pump, a presidential election on the horizon, and a man with a plan to dramatically and imminently reduce our dependance on foreign oil, and provide a bridge to future solutions, who has the resources, contacts, knowledge, wealth and "will" to get it done.
Please share this plan with your circle of friends, family and associates. Urge them to JOIN. As you know, it is simply like signing a petition. With large numbers of supporters, we can put pressure to bear on Congress to incentivize alternative and renewable energies, and insure that our future president will be a leader that will push for domestic energy solutions. JFK once said. "in the next 10 years we will put a man on the moon". He got it done. We need that kind of leadership on energy.
Time is of the essence. If gas prices retreat the public will forget the pain, and our moment may be lost. How frightening to be looking back and apologizing to our children that we could not get this done when we had the chance.
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me..I feel we need to take an action as a citizen of this country and not sit back and wait for you..to take care of me..growing up my parents taught me if you don't vote..if you don't take a stand then you can not complain..so that is why I am on this site to share ideas..to share and learn about what I can do..
Thanks Gale, and nice to connect with you on Pickens. You and I are definitely on the same track. With government at its lowest approval rating ever they have to realize their jobs are on the line and there are plenty of Americans who will be ready call them on their bickering and lack of action.
I want to invite you to Join our Mariah Power site here on Pickens also. We give weekly updates on new Alternative Energy products, upcoming events, and important issues. You being a member will be greatly appreciated.
Welcome and THANK YOU for joining Pickens Plan with the rest of us. We are glad you are here and we need your help.
The stars have aligned to create the possibility of a paradigm shift that is and has been urgently needed. We have an angry citizenry due to “pain at the pump”; a presidential election on the horizon, a man with a plan to dramatically and imminently reduce our dependence on foreign oil, while providing a bridge to future solutions who has the resources, contacts, knowledge and wealth to (with our help) bring us closer to our goals.
Please share this plan with your circle of friends, family and associates. Urge them to JOIN, as it is simple and free.
With large numbers of supporters, we can put pressure on Congress to incentivize alternative and renewable energies, and ensure that our future President will be a leader that will push for domestic energy solutions.
Time is of the essence. If gas prices retreat by only pennies the public will forget the pain, and our moment may be lost. How frightening to be looking back and apologizing to our children that we could not get this done when we had the chance.
List of ideas:
If you know of someone in the press- contact them and ask them to cover this.
If you can write to a Congressman/woman via email or ground mail, please do so as soon as possible or you can call them 202.225.3121. Ask them if they support 100% clean electricity in the next 10 years.
If you know of someone in the public-eye, ask them to support this and join this site.
If you can write a letter to the editor of your local paper- please do so.
If you want to print downloadable flyers and put them in your car and/or business window- please do.
More importantly –please take just a moment to ask 5 people to join this online network by emailing them from your profile page and invite them JOIN the same way you and I did. THAT IS WHY WE ARE HERE.
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