I want to get a Haynesville "street team" going to get the film into
communities across the country via house parties and community
screenings. The movie is a great way to educate people as to the
potential of natural gas as a clean, domestic energy source/fuel. So
many people said they were not good at community outreach because they
didn't know what to say. Well, this film does the talking for you!!!
It is an independently produced film which means it is a grassroots
film for a grassroots organization! I'd like all State and District
Leaders to get a copy. We have all worked very hard on this movement
and I think this film will make our job even easier. Please tell your
friends on and off the web about the film via your blog or website and
please get your own copy of the DVD to show to people in your area
such as your friends and family, schools, churches, business groups,
WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Congressman Dan Boren released the following statement today in regard to the announcement by the Potential Gas Committee (PGC) and the Colorado School of Mines on the abundance of domestic natural gas resources. Boren was joined earlier this spring by Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (CT-01), Congressman John Sullivan (OK-1), and several others in announcing the introduction of H.R. 1835 the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act, or NAT GAS Act. The legislation, which would significantly expand the use of natural gas as an alternative to conventional transportation fuel, could quickly reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign energy while simultaneously reducing transportation fuel costs, greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, and urban pollution where dense vehicular fleets are prevalent. Since its introduction the NAT GAS Act has garnered the support of a bipartisan group of 66 co-sponsors in U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Boren: “Industry leaders, including Aubrey McClendon, T. Boone Pickens, and many others, have been highlighting for some time now the abundance of domestic gas reserves that we should be developing as a bridge fuel for powering our nation’s energy future. Natural gas is a cleaner, cheaper alternative to traditional transportation fuel and we must harness it as soon as possible to rid ourselves of an overwhelming and harmful reliance of foreign energy sources. The report released today is yet another example of the growing case for increased use of natural gas and for legislation like my NAT GAS Act, H.R. 1835. Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson, Congressman John Sullivan, and I believe the NAT GAS Act can be a defining moment in the history of our nation’s energy policy – and this report helps illustrate that point.”
Would you please contact me? I am a relatively new member of your "team," and I have some questions as to how I may be able to help further. I did actively participate in all three days of the "Virtual March."
Drew J. Dieterich
Jason, I am glad to support this group. I hope that Boone is successful with his plan to help us convert from dependence on foreign oil except that what comes from Canada. I have seen the benefits of "Natural Gas" being used in vehicles in the central america countries that i travel in for business. All of there government vehicles, trucks, taxis, etc all run on natural gas. Many benefits come to the cities in reductions in a lot of areas.
Jason, following Mr. Pickens recent email, what's on the agenda for our district in terms of follow through? Do we need to organize a concerted effort?
I'm aware of contracts being executed in Western Kansas between utility companies and landowners for wind "farms." And of progress on land in Missouri to implement the construction of a windmill farm. Anything of interest regarding these acitivites?
JASON, if you need an easy way to write your e-mails, you can use the features of CONGRESS.ORG, where you can put your zip code in and it will bring up a web form that you can use to send an e-mail to your Congressman and both Texas U.S. Senators at the same time. First create your text in a word document, save it, highlight it, and do a cut and paste to the web form at CONGRESS.ORG. It is very quick and if you can get your whole group to do this, it might actually get added to the Economic Stimulus Package. I fear that if the package is not big enough, doesn't create enough construction jobs now and green jobs later, and we are having a depression, not just a recession, the stimulus might fail to produce the desired effect. It will have a much better chance of being large enough to get the job done, if we have them include Federal Funding to build the entire Windmill Farm Infrastructure in the best 6 wind energy States of the top 21 wind energy potential States in the entire Continential U.S., which includes Texas, and 5 other Great Plains States. I was the Crude Oil Regulator at DOE's former Economic Regulatory Administration from 1979 to February 1981, when crude oil and gasoline were decontrolled and, as Mr. Pickens says, foreign crude oil dependence was at about 24%. Today, it is between 60% to 70%; we need to get back to the 24% levels of the late 1970's early 1980's by 2015, or we will likely have another financial crisis that will make this one look like a kindergarden picnic, for reasons stated in my first message. We cannot fail in our efforts to get this done. Ralph E. Stanley, (the last Crude Oil Regulator at DOE/ERA).
JASON, I need your help to try to get Federal Funding for building the Windmill Infrastructure in your State and urging your Congressman and State U.S. Senators to increase the current Economic Stimulus Package to include funds to build the windmill farms in the Six best Great Plains States, with Texas as one of those States. This would give us 60% of the wind energy potential of the top 21 wind energy States and be an excellent return on investment for the U.S. Taxpayers. The House of Representatives will be voting on this legislation next week, and currently this proposal is not in the package that will be voted on. The Senate will likely vote on it within a week to ten days and President Barack Obama is planning to sign the legislation on or before February 15, 2009, which will build infrastructure projects for the next two years, 2009 and 2010. Please contact your group there in Texas and urge them to write their Congressmen immediately and both of the Texas U.S. Senators in an attempt to get the funds to build windmill farms in Texas and the other 5 States mentioned in Phase I of the proposal below. Thank you for your assistance, in advance, and good luck. Ralph E. Stanley.
I would like to solicit your support of a proposal for Wind Energy which will bring new construction jobs to 22 States and significant renewable wind energy to all States. I have proposed to my representatives, the individual U.S. Senators of the six States with the most wind potential, the Energy Subcommittees of both Houses of Congress and the Obama Transition Team, that we actually put the funds in the “Economic Stimulus Package” for those first six States which would produce “60%” of the total potential Wind Energy of the top 21 Best Wind Energy States in the Continentals U.S.. These six States are ND, TX, KS, SD, MT, and NB, and I have also recommended that ‘Hawaii’ be included in the First Phase of the Wind Energy Renewable Energy Project. This is basically a refinement of the Pickens Plan, which I support, however, in light of the failure of existing Wind Energy Companies to raise adequate funds with IPO or at the commercial banks, and given the fact that T.Boone Pickens has only found one corporate sponsor, to date (OWENS CORNING), I am doubtful that this will get done with “tax credits” as incentives and just building the transmission lines to connect everything.
I think we should concentrate our initial efforts in the Six States that will produce the highest yield in the first two years, your State and the others listed above, so that we get the most bang for our buck out of this initial Economic Stimulus Plan now being considered by the Congress and the new Obama Administration. Here is my phased plan to put wind energy in the first 21 States that could produce the best results of all 48 States in the Continental United States. The funds to build all the potential windmill farms for the first phase and the transmission lines for these States, needs to be included in the current Economic Stimulus Package:
PHASE I: 2009 - 2011: ND, TX, KS, SD, MT, & NE, plus Hawaii, since it is a “free standing” project, with current Windmill Energy Companies that are struggling financially. We need to include funds in this to assist these struggling wind energy companies in all 50 States or plan to do that with the second allocation of TARP funds. This phase would provide 60% of the potential wind energy that could be provided by the top 21 wind potential States, (per article in U.S.A. TODAY, 7/8/08). These six States, within the Continental United States, would provide up to 6,388 billion kilowatt hours of the total of 10,615 billion kilowatt hours of electrical power potential from wind energy by the top 21 Wind Energy Potential States.
PHASE II: 2011 - 2013: WY, OK, MN, WV, IA, CO, NM, CA. These eight States will provide another 36% of the total potential of all top 21 States and bring the total project completion percentage, based on total potential electrical production from wind energy in the top 21 States, to 96% by 2014. These eight States will add another 3,798 billion kilowatt hours of power to the grid of the project potential in 21 States of 10,615 billion kilowatt hours. This funding will need to be provided by Federal Budgets in the years 2011, 2012, and 2013, which would require a Second Economic Stimulus Package in 2010, but would not necessarily need to be included in this initial first two year package, unless the Congress and the Obama Administration want to put the transmission lines for this phase of the project in the second year of the current two year economic stimulus legislation. This phase would have to include operations and maintenance funds for the windmill farms built in the first phase that are still owned and operated by the Federal Government.
PHASE III: 2014 - 2016: This phase would include the operations and maintenance funds for
all windmill farm sites built in the first and second phases that have not yet been purchased by a private sector sponsor or have not yet been acquired by private investors from the ownership of the Federal Government. The DOE would have to contract with private firms to operate and maintain the newly constructed sites in each phase, just like they do today with the SPR. This could be done by a DOE Office of Renewable Energy that operates much like the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, with “resident construction managers” and “resident operations & maintenance managers” on site rating contractors on cost plus fixed fee type contracts, thus managing the sites with DOE Career Civil Servants and DOE Contractors. The new construction in the final phase would include the remaining 4% potential of the project in ID, MI, NY, IL, WI, ME, & MO, which would produce, from these 7 States, a total of at least 429 billion kilowatt hours of electrical power, to bring the project total up to 10,615 billion kilowatt hours for the Continental United States plus whatever is possible in Hawaii. The 7/8/08 chart in USA TODAY did not include States that were not within the Continental United States. If Alaska needs windmills, or it would be productive to put them there, they could also be included in the 3rd Phase of the project, as well.
The idea here is to move the country as far toward energy independence with wind energy with the minimal investment, incrementally over time, so as to get the most, so to speak, “TO GET THE BIGGEST BANG FOR THE TAXPAYERS BUCK” out of the initial Economic Stimulus Plan now being considered by the U.S. Congress and Obama Administration. This is especially important considering that in the interim period when this construction is going on, CHINA and INDIA, will be demanding between 30% to 40% or more of the total World Crude Oil Supplies, than they now use. China currently uses 9% of World Crude Oil Supplies and India is close behind them. There are some analysts who think India will actually surpass China in economic growth and total demand for World Supplies of Crude Oil, in the next four to six years. Either way, the likely hood exists that between 40% to 50% of World Oil Supplies by 2015 to 2016 will be utilized by these two giant emerging growth economies, at a time when some countries that we currently significantly rely on for imports to the U.S. (ie. Mexico-per current issue of FORBES Magazine), could end up as a “net importer” of crude oil themselves by 2015. In the years 2007 to 2008, IRAQ made up 68% of the amount of U.S. Crude Oil imports lost from Mexico between those two years. Other countries made up the balance (32% of the decreased imports from Mexico). Current Quarterly and month to month imports from Mexico, our number 3 source of crude oil imports, are also down slightly, indicating a “trend” that would support the predictions in the current FORBES Magazine article.
If we do not take the proper actions now to direct sufficient funds in each renewable energy area, as I have proposed here for crude oil, and actually lock the methodology into the law so implementing agencies or private companies cannot change it, then we will fail in our overall attempts to become Energy Independent in this decade. Private Companies and Private Investors can build windmill farms anywhere they want to, however, if the taxpayers money is going to be used to build them, we should only build them in places that will produce the maximum results for the funds expended and create jobs at the same time. This may require construction workers to temporarily relocate to other States as the Phase progress, however, did we not build the SPR
(Strategic Petroleum Reserve) in the locations that would provide the best results for the overall program objectives and spend the taxpayers funds in a manner that produced the best results in the minimal amount of time, to counter the threat. The oil was even barged into the storage sites before the pipeline construction was even completed, to get the “oil in the ground” as quickly as possible. Here, we have a similar situation, where we want to know that windmill farms will be built in the right places first to produce the maximum result for the taxpayers investment and protect us against the coming threat, at the earliest possible time, to the fullest extent possible.
We should take the time to structure the same detailed plan for solar energy, geothermal energy, bio fuels and other renewable energy and alternative energy projects, including nuclear power plants. I believe we should put the month in this Economic Stimulus to build the two power plants already approved in TEXAS and MARYLAND. In Maryland there are already two operating nuclear power plants in the same country as the proposed site. Now if these two projects are already in the current budget for immediate commencement of construction in 2009, then fine, but if not, we need to take the time to include them in this Economic Stimulus Package.
Also, until we have become energy independent, we should not tax other forms of energy such as coal or gasoline. I do, however, believe we should place some controls on crude oil prices and emergency allocation and also on gasoline and other refined products, both for price and emergency allocation, and place restrictions via new laws and regulations on non-petroleum industry buyers “speculating” in crude oil and gasoline futures markets and always short selling, driving up prices. Non-industry buyers of commodities, should not be allowed to buy on 90%, 93% or 95% margins, with only 5%, 7% or 10% down. They should have to put a higher amount down as the price of the commodity rises, so that there is a “disincentive” to “speculate” above certain obviously “overpriced” and “ridiculous” prices for the commodity in question, (ie. crude oil and refined products, as a minimum). After we become energy independent, hopefully in this decade, then these rules could be lightened, however, nothing should be allowed to stand in our way of becoming energy independent in the next 8-10 years and hopefully returning to the 24% dependence level of the 1970's by 2015-2016. In 2017, the Social Security Trustees have computed that Social Security will begin taking in less than it pays out; we cannot undershot this current Economic Stimulus and allow the higher unemployment rates of this Economic Recession and Credit Crunch/Housing Crisis, to push back this date, even a single month, which it certainly will if unemployment reaches 10% or more and stays there for very long. Therefore, there is not incentive to wait to begin construction on any renewable or alternative energy project, and by the Federal Government fully funding the projects, we can control the priorities, to achieve the desired results for the American People. Certainly, we would not want to borrow money from CHINA in 2015, so we could bid against them in the spot market for a barrel of crude oil at projected prices at $215.00, as currently predicted by CNBC Analysts.
I have suggested to my State Senators and Congressional Representative, as well as your respective Energy Subcommittee in each House of Congress and the Obama Transition Team, that they try to see if OWENS CORNING, (T. Boone Pickens sole corporate sponsor for wind energy initiatives) to purchase sufficient stock in existing wind energy companies now to allow
them to continue to operate, while the new Economic Stimulus and TARP are getting approved and being implemented, to allow existing wind energy companies that are struggling financially,
FIRST WIND in “Maui, Hawaii”, to continue with their planned expansion immediately. Perhaps they could do private placements of debt or equity capital to Stateside wind energy companies that do not have an IPO like FIRST WIND. Any wind energy companies in the Continental U.S. that have IPO’s, like FIRST WIND does, could be helped now by OWENS CORNING so they do not fail, or have to curtail expansion in the first quarter or second quarter of 2009, while the program outlined in this e-mail is implemented. Thank you for your indulgence and consideration of this important matter before the U.S. Congress.