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Coastal Green Energy is a Deer Isle Maine-based company with one multi million dollar projected wind power project underway and another right behind. Owners Ricky Spofford and James Paterson are working to harness energy that will not only benefit the environment but give back to the communities. We started Coastal Green Energy hoping to help our state with a renewable energy source and creating more jobs. James and I have been funding this project ourselves up until this point. We are your average excavation workers determined to make this project keep moving forward as it has been. We believe that this new stimulous package will benefit us greatly. Please feel free to visit our web site for updates www.gocoastalgreen.com
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Coastal Green Energy is a Deer Isle Maine-based company. With one projected wind power project underway and another right behind. Owners Ricky Spofford and James Paterson are working to harness energy that will not only benefit the environment but give back to the communities. We started Coastal Green Energy hoping to help our state with a renewable energy source and creating more jobs. James and I have been funding this project ourselves up until… Continue

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At 12:55pm on February 8, 2009, James Everitt said…


Invite Your Friends to Watch the Video

President Obama recorded a video to speak directly to you about his economic recovery plan.

Invite your friends and family to watch the video and learn why our unprecedented challenges require immediate action.

You can even use our email contact importer to make it easy. Don't worry -- we don't hold on to any of the addresses you use.

After you watch the video, watch Gov. Tim Kaine answer questions from ordinary citizens about the plan and share your story about the economic crisis.

We're counting on you to collect the real stories of the challenges Americans are facing during this recession. We need to hear from you how the economic crisis is affecting your life and why the economic recovery plan is important to you and your community.

Once we receive your stories we will make them available to the public to show how critical it is to support the economic recovery plan.

Share your story click here.

Watch President Obama's video and share it with your friends and family:


REMARKS OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

WEEKLY ADDRESS

The White House
Saturday, February 7, 2009

Yesterday began with some devastating news with regard to our economic crisis. But I'm pleased to say it ended on a more positive note.

In the morning, we received yet another round of alarming employment figures – the worst in more than 30 years. Another 600,000 jobs were lost in January. We've now lost more than 3.6 million jobs since this recession began.

But by the evening, Democrats and Republicans came together in the Senate and responded appropriately to the urgency this moment demands.

In the midst of our greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, the American people were hoping that Congress would begin to confront the great challenges we face. That was, after all, what last November's election was all about.

Legislation of such magnitude deserves the scrutiny that it's received over the last month, and it will receive more in the days to come. But we can't afford to make perfect the enemy of the absolutely necessary. The scale and scope of this plan is right. And the time for action is now.

Because if we don't move swiftly to put this plan in motion, our economic crisis could become a national catastrophe. Millions of Americans will lose their jobs, their homes, and their health care. Millions more will have to put their dreams on hold.

Let's be clear: We can't expect relief from the tired old theories that, in eight short years, doubled the national debt, threw our economy into a tailspin, and led us into this mess in the first place. We can't rely on a losing formula that offers only tax cuts as the answer to all our problems while ignoring our fundamental economic challenges – the crushing cost of health care or the inadequate state of so many schools; our addiction to foreign oil or our crumbling roads, bridges, and levees.

The American people know that our challenges are great. They don't expect Democratic solutions or Republican solutions – they expect American solutions.

From the beginning, this recovery plan has had at its core a simple idea: Let's put Americans to work doing the work America needs done. It will save or create more than 3 million jobs over the next two years, all across the country – 16,000 in Maine, nearly 80,000 in Indiana – almost all of them in the private sector, and all of them jobs that help us recover today, and prosper tomorrow.

Jobs that upgrade classrooms and laboratories in 10,000 schools nationwide – at least 485 in Florida alone – and train an army of teachers in math and science.

Jobs that modernize our health care system, not only saving us billions of dollars, but countless lives.

Jobs that construct a smart electric grid, connect every corner of the country to the information superhighway, double our capacity to generate renewable energy, and grow the economy of tomorrow.

Jobs that rebuild our crumbling roads, bridges and levees and dams, so that the tragedies of New Orleans and Minneapolis never happen again.

It includes immediate tax relief for our struggling middle class in places like Ohio, where 4.5 million workers will receive a tax cut of up to $1,000. It protects health insurance and provides unemployment insurance for those who've lost their jobs. And it helps our states and communities avoid painful tax hikes or layoffs for our teachers, nurses, and first responders.

That's what is at stake with this plan: putting Americans back to work, creating transformative economic change, and making a down payment on the American Dream that serves our children and our children's children for generations to come.

Americans across this country are struggling, and they are watching to see if we're equal to the task before us. Let's show them that we are. And let's do whatever it takes to keep the promise of America alive in our time.

Thank you.

At 2:49am on January 28, 2009, Michael Shawn Kendall said…
Hi Ricky and James, 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 ke6cvh@yahoo.com. Here is a copy of a fax sent to Nancy Pelosi yesterday:
27FEB09

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:

http://www.wind-works.org/coopwind/RenewableEnergyBondsforEnergyIndependence.html

and

http://www.wind-works.org/articles/AmericanEnergyIndependencethroughCooperativeInvestmentinWindEnergy.html

Sincerely and very respectfully,

ETC(SW/AW) Mike Kendall USN

Mailing address: PSC 476, Box 879, FPO AP, 96322 USA

Telephone (803) 265-4756, Email: ke6cvh@yahoo.com
At 7:50pm on January 2, 2009, Wayne J.R. Bowser, LEED AP said…
Hi Guys,
Happy to have you as friends!
Tomorrow morning (8am - 9am PST) we're talking windmills and the Pickens Plan on The Green Revolution Show and would love to hear from you and talk about what you're up to in ME.

Check out my page for listening and call-in information.
At 12:18am on December 30, 2008, Todd F. Wilson said…
Hey guys,

Like your pictures. Wish I could help. How much and whay type of work are you currently doing?

I'm still wondering what made you sign in as a friend with me? I guess I'm a bit wary. I thought maybe I had a connection with you since I'm from Preque Isle but alas I'm not making any headway in the connections department.

This website will have to be the connection. Good luck and talk with you soon.

TW
At 8:03am on December 26, 2008, James Mayer said…
Deer Isle, Maine is one of the most beautiful places on the planet! My undergrad degree is from University of Maine Portland-Gorham and while in schooI use to travel the coast selling marine supplies. Is Billings Diesel Marine still on you beautiful Island? Best. Jim Mayer
At 4:53pm on December 25, 2008, Wind4me.com said…
can you then SELL the wind meter measurement tool back to somebody else?????

seems like with the WIND you guys get there, you would not need a measurement tool there?????? or, is that part of '''YOU must do this BEFORE somebody will finance you""???????
At 8:28pm on December 24, 2008, Charles Jones said…
Merry Christmas!
At 8:13pm on December 24, 2008, Faye said…
Great Page - Thank you for creating your company! :)

Merry Xmas!
At 6:16pm on December 24, 2008, Wind4me.com said…
Blogged about you guys

http://www.Wind4me.com

you guys on Twitter????
At 3:21pm on December 24, 2008, Trusdle William said…
Hey it's Great to hear about some new style of renewable energy system . Keep me in touch with your progress ,it sounds interesting.
Will
At 6:24am on December 24, 2008, F. Andrew Pickens said…
Hey GUys, Thanks for signing up and thanks for the friend invite. Thanks for all you are doing and will do for the plan.
Between wind and solar we can get this done. The world is wide open.
Educate, educate, educate.
I was at the recycling center and discovered the absolute best place to spend a couple of hours educating folks and getting them to sign the petition.
I simply mentioned the plan to 2 couples while I was there dropping off our recyclables, and all of them promised to go online and sign up. Next time I will take a couple of petitions and spend an hour or so.
Best of luck and MERRY CHRISTMAS whether you celebrate the season or not.

F. Andrew Pickens,
Clayton, Ga.
At 3:13pm on December 23, 2008, Thomas H. Arrington III said…
Ricky and James,

Thank you for the offer to become friends, I look forward to conversing with you, about Pickens Plan and wind energy in general.

Merry Christmas & Healthy New Year

Thomas H. Arrington III, CEO
Atlantic Wind Energy
At 7:52am on December 22, 2008, Kim Anderson said…
Just ran into a nother new member you invited - Kyle Teamey! PLease keep em coming. YOu have the touch!

Best
Kim
At 7:48am on December 22, 2008, Kim Anderson said…
How many so far? When you get to 100 we would be honored to hav eyou in the 100CLUB. Combine the numbers of those tha joined the site and those that sign the petition. WE CAN DO THIS!

Best
Kim
At 7:47am on December 22, 2008, Kim Anderson said…
Thaks for inviting Janice to the party! Got more?

My husband's cousin is from Deer Island. She signed up last night at a family party in RI. Small world.

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Have a very Merry one.
Best
Kim
At 1:20pm on December 21, 2008, Kim Anderson said…
Thank you for bringing Stephanie to the party. Nice job .... got more?

Welcome to PP.

There are only 15 days until Congress is sworn in- can you gather petition support? Time is of the essence.

Here is the petition:
http://media.pickensplan.com/downloads/PP/pollingsignupsheet.pdf

NO INFLUENCE WITHOUT NUMBERS

I have been able to gather hundreds with a simple sentence -
"I am collecting signatures of support for T. Boone PIckens plan to get us off of foreign oil and onto American solutions" then put the petition in front of them. EVERYONE wants to get off foreign oil, we just need to add them to our list!

Please stop by and let me know how it goes. WE CAN DO THIS!
Let me know if I can help in any way.

Best,
Kim
At 12:01am on December 19, 2008, Phillip Ridings said…
John Cogar wanted me to contact you and see what you might think! I have a totally new idea about Wind Turbines and believe everyone of them are build wrong... first just take a look at this one... www.dragonfly-windturbine.com and let me know what you think. Thank you!
At 11:12am on December 17, 2008, Michael, Houston said…
Hello Ricky
Thank you for the invite.
Melissa
At 4:40pm on December 16, 2008, Kim Anderson said…
Hi Ricky!

Nice to hear from you. Thanks for the friend. We are winding down on this golden opportunity. Time to ramp it up.

Your company can help by printing off petitions and faxing them back signed.
Each sheet has room for 8 names. Give your empoloyees and friends one sheet or more each to get filled in. We all know 8 people who want us to get off of foreign oil.

It is an easy ask- Boone has done the hard work.

You can help your Congressional District with this push. We are tryng to get 500 supporters for every district in the country.

Here is the petition:
http://media.pickensplan.com/downloads/PP/pollingsignupsheet.pdf

There is "NO INFLUENCE WITHOUT NUMBERS"


Best
Kim
At 8:27am on September 8, 2008, James Artuso said…
Hello,
Just wanted to take a second of your time to invite you to view the solar solution equivalent of the PickensPlan.

www.powur.com/homeenergy1
click View Our Mission and if interested click the back arrow to Become an Ecopreneur.

Also you can see what we offer home owners - www.glenburniesolar.com

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