Are you interested in becoming an organizer in your area?
Tell us about your experience with alternative energy:
I was an energy economist for the East-West Center, ran an electrical contracting business, and was both a miner and executive in the coal industry. As such, as an energy economist I analyzed the energy market including alternative energy options, as an electical contractor I installed both wind generators and PV units, and my experience in the coal industry included sales, technology development, and mining all of which provides me with an understanding of the critical nature of this energy source for power generation synfuel potential.
What excites you about this campaign?
The energy security aspect of the concept is critical to my enthusiasm. Energy security includes price stability and protection from supply disruption both of which better ensure overall economic growth.
The use of wind and other solar for power generation to supplant natural gas generation has merit; albeit, there will be difficulties including supply disruptions due to inconsistent wind and sun light; thus, additional coal and nuclear generation will be necessary to compliment the wind and solar farms.
Also, the fact that someone with the resources of Mr. Pickens is willing to move on this issue increases the probability that this "Plan" will materialize.
What do you want to do to help?
I would like to assist in the development of the wind generation capacity proposed by the plan. Further, I believe that there will be a need to appropriately address the issue of interstate power transmission to ensure that the plan can be made workable; i.e. delivering the power to the consumers. I believe that I can assist in this function.
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Based on the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. imported 65 percent of its oil, or 366 million barrels, in May 2009, sending approximately $21.6 billion, or $484,087 per minute, overseas to foreign governments.
Over the last few weeks, co-sponsorship of H.R. 1835, the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act (NAT GAS) has grown to almost 60. (On April 1st, Neil Abercrombie was one of the first 20 co-sponsors).
Our staggering dependence on foreign oil is responsible for more than two-thirds of our trade deficit, and it’s killing our economy and putting our national security at risk; the automakers need to take some responsibility for getting us to this crisis point and participate in the solution of this critical issue.
Windspire will be featured on a special episode of ABC's "20/20" on June 19th at 10/9C. The episode highlights the impact the new Windspire manufacturing facility is having in Michigan by putting ex-autoworkers back to work.
Aloha to the Hawaiian Regiment of the Pickens Army!
The boss need each of us to contact our U.S. Senators and ask them to support the Pickens Plan components of the stimulus package.
Here’s some words from Boone you might consider using:
“A high percentage of our oil still comes from foreign countries. Even in December, as the economy was contracting, we imported nearly 70 percent of the oil we used and paid over $19 billion for it.
I am very interested in the aspects of The American Renewal and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1) that include the promotion of alternative energy - wind and solar; the building out of a 21st century electrical transmission grid; and incenting trucking companies to upgrade from trucks running on foreign diesel to those running on domestic natural gas.
A Department of Energy study showed that developing our capacity to produce wind energy would not only replace 20 percent of the electricity we now produce using coal-burning plants, but would add 138,000 jobs in the first year and more than 3.4 million over a ten-year span.
Also, if we switch just 350,000 of the 6.5 million heavy trucks running on the nation's Interstate Highways to domestic natural gas from imported diesel, we could cut our oil imports by over five percent. In December alone that would have kept nearly $1 billion from being shipped off shore.
I hope you will join me in supporting these components of the Pickens Plan as H.R. 1 moves toward final passage.”
Remember, whatever ill befalls the Mainland economy, worse will happen to Hawaii. If we loose the energy sector of the economy we’ll loose all of the benefits of the Industrial Revolution, and Hawaiians will once again go sailing to fish the Northwest Islands in the likes of HOKULE’A and MAKALI’I.
Pickens Plan District Leader for HI 01/02