Are you interested in becoming an organizer in your area?
Tell us about your experience with alternative energy:
Mostly desire to have access to it. Have shopped for grid connected solar solutions, have investigated alternative fuels. My education is Electro-Mechanical Technology (Chattahoochee Technical College).
What excites you about this campaign?
Energy independence and someone with the funding and ideas ready to table.
What do you want to do to help?
I will be glad to learn as much as I can as quickly as possible to help others in my area understand as well. I am a mortgage banker and low level community leader already.
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Yes, Marilynn, we have had an excess of sunshine for the last two years! Yet here I set preparing to lecture at Emory University and the rain is coming down in buckets. We are faring better this year than in the past but still plenty of days with almost pure sun. Georgia, though we generally receive quite a bit more quantity of rainfall than the Pacific Northwest we generally get it in 10 minute bursts 2 or 3 times a week.
Oddly enough Germany, where solar energy harvesting is established, is more like the Washington state area in that it is often cloudy. I do not have the facts in front of me but the effect cloud cover can have in reflecting solar light back to the surface of the earth can be a significant boost to the energy available to the solar panels for conversion.
Thank you Walter for your welcome and links. And you are right - I need to know more about what is being done globally, what can be done here to even improve upon that and what I can do to help it come to fruition. When researching equipment to go solar myself I did find that the northern European and Scandinavian countries were much more behind research, development and implementation than we here in the States and Freiburg has been an inspiration to me for some time. My one thought has always been, "Well, if I am interested in doing this at my own home there must be others." I am very thankful for Mr. Pickens for making this investment into the type of change America really needs and believe it will come back to him multiplied many times. Thanks again for the welcome and the resources. I look forward to learning more from you and others.
I often see comments on the pages of people joining the Pickens Plan movement where they want to be involved but have limited knowledge of where to start and where to look. After spending time in Europe and seeing what many countries are doing to secure their energy independence, I think that I can share some pretty good ideas and information with you. The European countries, especially Germany, Denmark and Spain are leading the way on that continent to renewable energy.
As we all know, knowledge is power. This power has for too long been out of our hands with emphasis shifted to different fronts by our government. Whether we are Republicans or Democrats, it doesn’t matter. We are all Americans that face the same problems caused by high oil prices. T. Boone Pickens is leading the charge here in America similar to the path many European countries have been on for 10-20 years. Most countries there have always had expensive fuel.
I wish everyone could take a trip to Germany to see the solar and wind initiative that they have fostered in their society. It is mind-boggling! This commitment was jump started by a place called Freiburg, Germany. Denmark started with a huge program in clean energy from wind. These are websites that I would recommend seeing where you can read about these programs and see examples of what they have done and are continuing to do - examples of where we should be heading.
1) The Solar Village – Freiburg, Germany. See: http://www.thesolarvillage.com/
2) The Folkecenter for Renewable Energy – Denmark.
Under VARIOUS, read: The transition from Fossil Fuels to the Renewable Energies
The whole website is excellent and you could spend hours there.
3) Google: Samso, Denmark. This is an island off the coast of Demark that is completely self-sustaining. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/07/07/080707fa_fact_kolbert
4) Read the article written by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. titled: “Global Warming: A Real Solution”
Our issues with energy aren’t just about lack of oil to go around, they are on a more grand scale about the issues of global warming and national security as well. What you will see in the above references is information that deals with a quest of becoming carbon neutral. Not only can our government and businesses move in that direction, individuals can participate as well like they have in Germany. In Germany and Denmark it is all about tax laws that encourage every homeowner to become an energy producer. (Germany has 19,000+ wind turbines and millions of solar panels). The incentives make it worthwhile and at the same time direct these countries toward energy independence.
Unmentioned above are recommendations for a few good documentaries to watch – “Saved by the Sun” a PBS NOVA video, and “A Crude Awakening” by Basil Gemlpke, et al. Americans need to mobilize and pressure our government representatives both on the state and national level. The Pickens Plan is a good place to foster discussion and share ideas and PUSH this plan! Good luck in your quest for a better America….. Lee