Brian Baird is the Chairman of the House Subcommittee that is considering HB 1835. There are 21 members on the committee and 5 have signed the pledge, do what you can to get Brian on board, he is a key player.
Hi Karen, 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:
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k scott's PageProfile InformationAre you interested in becoming an organizer in your area?
Maybe--But Not Sure What to Organize
Tell us about your experience with alternative energy:
riding my bike to work every day. using public transportation when I can
What excites you about this campaign?
cleaning up the air
americans getting off their butts and getting more exercise
getting away from isolationism because too many are riding alone in their own car
getting off our dependency of foreign oil
I think our oil dependency crisis is the best thing to happen to americans!
when times get tough, the tough get going!
What do you want to do to help?
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At 8:29am on November 20th, 2008, WindEnergy7 said…
Thanks for Joining Up k, WELCOME ABOARD!
(1) Contact Congress: Please Go to THE PLEDGE (very top of this page) On the top of the pledge page there are three rectangular buttons- two blue ones and ONE RED BUTTON, that reads "CONTACT CONGRESS" . Fill in the short, standard form. Done! Thanks. There's also a FAX in pledge form there, after you do the congress email, there will be a form,if you can print, fill that out and FAX it in, we will use these to affect change and direction with the new administration. So, Fax the Pledge too if you can!
(2) Personal Energy Plan: In addition to political support and action here, I encourage you to take personal action, a Personal Energy Plan in which you take control of your electricity. I have helped other members learn about saving energy by conservation methods and have helped other members learn about home wind/solar systems. I am glad to help you learn and answer any questions. On my page is info and links that will help you learn about power use, conservation, and home generation. These are things I have done myself at my own residence, and k I can help you do the same.
(3) Add A Friend: Everybody needs friends, right? By every comment or under users pictures on the site you'll see links to "+ Add as Friend". This will send a friends request to that user. This makes it easy to introdce yourself and meet people here, it's great. Add me if you like, I'd be honored to be your first friend here. I have an interesting and useful background if you want to have a look at my page. Adding friends, Send Friend Request, makes it easier to communicate, ask questions, talk to each other. You can search users by city, state, college, etc. and "+ Add as Friend". You may even find members from vancouver, wa. This community is a great place to meet people and make friends, like me. I now have made friends all over the United States.
(4) Tell A Friend: Please email the Pickens Plan video to everyone you know. www.pickensplan.com. Ask them to JOIN. Ask them to pass it along. Time is of the essence. If every member had 10 friends join today, we could put the number of members over 1 million very quickly!
took 1.5 minutes in Vancouver using my method of welcoming from the back forward.
I don't know how many of you have been troubled by a certain Pickens Plan member, Windenergy7, a salesman who greets new members with a sales pitch usually before we, or an official Pickens Plan greeter can welcome them into the Pickens Plan Army
If you’ve encountered this “person” or have heard complaints of such ilk, please raise your complaints to all Regional Leaders as this “shyster” is playing havoc in my group and very few of the new people he greets first will join our group!
I wanted to let you know I send the following note to the "Olympian Newspaper" Editorial section a couple weeks ago and finally got it published last Friday:
"Has anyone questioned why the gas prices are at an all time low? Recently on “60 Minutes” the Saudi Arabia Oil Minster chided that he is our friend and wants to help us. He dismissed the notion that we are addicted to foreign.
Last summer President Bush went to Saudi Arabia to ask for increased production to help bring the price of gas to come down and he was not successful. Prices remained high and went higher. Only when we started to change our driving habits, began fuel conservation practices, started serious discussions on alternative fuels, and demanded more efficient fuel vehicles, did foreign oil production increase and the price for oil and gasoline started to fall. As T Boone Pickens has stated, we are paying $700 Billion per year to foreign producers for their oil and many of them do not like us. Now that we are trying to wean ourselves from the foreign oil addiction, they have lowered the price of oil so we will start driving and buying the big cars again.
We must continue to press for alternative fuels, energy efficient vehicles, fuel conservation and not slide back to oil addiction as our “questionable friends” would like us to do. If we do not wean ourselves from foreign oil, we will continue to be at the mercy of the foreign oil producers, our “questionable friends” and outright enemies.
Support The Pickens Plan and encourage your US congressional and State representatives to make the hard decisions this coming year to help us become free of this oil addiction."
I am waiting to see if any one replies to the letter. I couldn't figure out how to get it into a follow-on discussion to yours.
I'm from Spokane and the supposed dry side! LOL I've been around since late June and may be of some assistance. Sen. Cantwell has rejected the Pickens Plan! Dont waste your time. Sen Murray is so-so. Gov. Gregoire has signed the Plan and you may want to thank her office. The Energy Party is a good group and we have a Wa. St. Energy Party just up. As there's no web name, go to my page and it's the first group under groups; there's also a group for group leaders too. Here's what I did last week end...
I just got done recruiting members by city and town and here's what I've learned over the weekend:
Always glad to help. When I recruited in my district (from the cities and towns lists) I wrote a welcoming letter with a paragraph for introduction/welcome, one apologizing for the length of time it has taken to write and greet them, and where the group is located. I'm not too computer savvy and couldn't get the site click to work (you probably are) so I told them where to find it on my page and to go visit other groups from there also.
The whole job took me a day and a half with the football playoffs as a distraction. One hint though, work from the back of the list forward. This I learned the hard way. You WILL get new members!