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No personal experience but we need to see this through
What excites you about this campaign?
Getting all Americans involved in a campaign to change the course of our country. We need to rid ourselves of foreign oil as well as a lot of other foreign goods. I still believe in Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet.
Hi Wayne.....Yes, I still receive notifications from Picken's Plan. How are you doing? I live in northern Michigan in a passive solar home with solar hot water and solar PV. You can read a little about my approach to sustainability here:
T Boone says the new 21 page Romney energy plan will work, needs a little more to be better, but allows states to have more say in energy production and relax fed regs. I am all for all the green energy we can produce(profitably). When the technology matures it is ok, if it doesn't work why throw good money after bad just sayin.......
I am a retired US Army soldier and fire fighter. Like many Americans I believe the answers to our energy needs lie under out feet and in long proven technology to produce the energy we need right here in the good ole USA. Lets not put our food in our gas tanks.
I also believe that over regulation has cause the collapse our our infrastructure, for example we have cleaned up our water, air, and sanitation facilities and current standards can not be improved and minute new standards will have little noticeable effect and will cost more than all the past regulations.
I haven't been on this site in sometime. When I visited regularly I commented more than several times. The recent email to me suggest that my early concerns were never read or if read ignored.
The problem is not global warming due to anthropogenic gases; it is not foreign oil; it is a total lack of imagination, good leadership and wisdom. For those that have bought into into global warming as a major issue need to start studying science, real science, not depending on a well finance and skillful propaganda campaign to think for them. At anytime in history anyone could have stood up and said the climate is changing; it always has. Global warming isn't a fact nor even a Theory but at best a hypothesis. One that can only be tested by time. Humans and the earth's ecosystems have responded to significant climate change many times throughout history. Adaptation is the name of the game MOST especially if you read and understand the models and the clearly stated hypothesis.
We only afford all that we have today, most especially our environmental ethic, because of who we are and who we have been. No other country in history has protected the environment better, protected more land, or saved more species.
However, no other country in the world or in history deliberately prevents the wise development of its natural resources.
Everyone needs to clearly and unambiguously understand the energy demands of this country without any economic growth. Then understand how much energy is need to continue to grow the economy. Of course that is part of the condundrum, many believe the USA is the problem, the only problem. Therefore killing economic growth in this country is their goal. I doubt seriously that it is Boone Pickens goal.
Hi Wayne, 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:
Hello Wayne...I really am mentally (though unable physically) to stand with you and T. Boone, however, I am only able to email his newsletters and his other info forwarded to me as I must take care of my wife and her situation(s) due to recent knee replacement and a foot surgery for repair of a bone spur, an Achilles tendon growth, plus two smaller toes on the same foot that required some additional surgery to correct.
If you would whenever your time and schedule permits, simply keep me posted so that I may email anything pertaining to T. Boone's efforts for alternative fuels to better our country's fight for easing the oil crunch situation.
Thanks for listening,
Today, President Elect Obama choose a corn man in his team. Is that going to make your work harder? I would believe we would be making a horrible mistake to choose corn which leads to a question, what type of energy for our automobiles is the Pickens Plan encouraging?