Lots of good ideas all around this site... but, one step at a time. Let's remember that regardless of whatever technology or power generating systems we may want to see utilized in America to get us off foreign oil, the physical part of the PickensPlan is ONLY about building wind farms to supplant the NatGas currently being used to create electricity. Maybe it will expand in the future, but right now, thats all the PP addresses, as I currently understand it.
But its also about… Continue
Added by David Baker on July 13, 2008 at 7:30pm —
I wrote this two months ago. Seeing this site I now feel we have a shot at building a boomer ground swell that will overwhelm the selfish bullsh-- being propogated by our political representatives (both parties) whose agenda is to make people feelgood and to hold on to their jobs.
Added by Terry McGinn on July 13, 2008 at 7:30pm —
Railway expansion is scarce item of discussion, think in concept of Russian $500 Billion + rail upgrades. Not interested? How about Chinese at way over $Trillion + for rail capacity expansion & extensions...
US has good working models,see books on the Pacific Electric system, Spreckel's rail network, passenger & freight, electric powered. Interested parties see the US Rail Atlas Maps from (spv.co.uk) and get familiar with rail footprint past & present, your locale. Mr.… Continue
Added by Gunnar Henrioulle on July 13, 2008 at 5:39pm —
U.S. oil Executive T Boon Pickens has to be congratulated by us for his vision displayed in his Plan to address the energy crisis faced by the U.S. This crisis has disastrous effects to the rest of the world as well.
He has very correctly drawn our attention to the fact that even with our existing technology there are many avenues open to us to reduce our addictive dependence on fossil fuels which sooner or later are destined to run out leaving us high and dry.
Let me draw… Continue
Added by w.samarasinghe on July 13, 2008 at 2:38pm —
Sure we haven't been doing things perfectly in the past. A plan like Pickens Plan is sure to attract folks from all sides of the issue and lots of these groups are bringing their own baggage. The bottom line is that we all need to work together. We need to leave some of this baggage at the door and decide to come inside to work together as a team. I am sure the plan won't solve everyone's issue right at first, but we must start moving in the same direction.
This movement is not a… Continue
Added by Ryan on July 13, 2008 at 2:25pm —
Hurrah for Boone! If we wait for the government to do something we will be in serious trouble. We need a grass roots movement to get the government's attention. Otherwise they will sit on their hands (once they get them out of our pockets) until the problem resolves itself, which is not likely, or it becomes an emergency and they can step in and be heroes and save us (from a problem they created). I'm trying hard not to be sarcastic. Am I succeeding?
Added by Roger Parrish on July 13, 2008 at 2:03pm —
FREE ELECTRICITY; PAID FOR BY GOV. LOANS ; PAYBACK RATE AT SAME COST AS SAVINGS ON UTILITY COSTS; INDUSTRY ESTIMATES THAT UTILITY SAVINGS IN 5-10 YEARS RETURNS BACK TO USER THE COST OF 45% OF THE INSTALLATION OF SOLAR PANELS, 55% IN TAX CREDITS ALREADY HAVE BEEN OFFERED BY GOV.; THAT 45% LEFT IS THE BARRIER TO EVERYONE GETTING SOLAR PANELS; NEW INDUSTRY WOULD BE CREATED WITH INVESTOR BACKING IF LAW WAS PASSED REQUIRING SOLAR PANELS ON EVERY BUILDING IN THE EFFECTIVE AREAS WITHIN 5 YEARS;… Continue
Added by Lawrence Guesno on July 13, 2008 at 12:55pm —
Facts: 1. 55% of cost of solar panels have been covered by tax credits
2. 45% of cost left is still a barrier to everyone installing solar pannels for electricity generation.
3. Solar Panel industry estimates that that 45% left in recouped within 5-10 years in utility cost savings.
4. There is low confidence in the solar panel industry so investors do not invest in the industry heavily.
5. Tehcnology has been slow to… Continue
Added by Lawrence Guesno on July 13, 2008 at 12:47pm —
The US hasn't been very hot on sun, wind and hydro energies or at least not as hot as the Europeans. Our government should aggressively promote the use of these God given energies. They are free and plentiful. We should start off with all government and government subsidized buildings all over the US to have solar panels installed on the roof of all those buildings. Then the government should offer some tax credits as incentive to encourage private homeowners to install solar panels on the roof… Continue
Added by Jackey on July 13, 2008 at 12:44pm —
I am 69 and have heard many times of people that have invented fuel saving devices only to be bought up by the oil co. The real route of the problem is the oil co. in the pockets of the people in a position to come up with a energy policy. I was in Texas in the 70's and with my on eyes saw refiners putting refined gasoline in open barium pits because the government could not decide on were to allocate the shipment's. At the same time my brother in law, a ship pilot out of Norfolk, Va. When… Continue
Added by William M McGrath III on July 13, 2008 at 12:30pm —
Hello. Change must be clearly defined which is why I am here and why I joined Mr. Pickens plan. He is clear in offering and organizing a change in America. I am also offering a change, an HVAC unit that runs on solar or wind power, battery banked, to run all night, heating or cooling 750 sq ft of home or office, OFFGRID!!! www.solcool.net
Always remember that conservation of energy is the quickest payback for your investment dollar, more attic insulation, new windows, tubular skylites in… Continue
Added by roy a. laplante III on July 13, 2008 at 11:55am —
The Smoky Hills Wind Project is being built in two phases 20 miles west of Salina Kansas just off I-70. This wind farm will be able to supply the electricity for about 75,000 homes. By comparison, Salina has about 20,000 homes. It will be completed by November of this year. There are 120 landowners and some 26000 acres involved however the project will use less than 2% of the land and that includes all roads, turbine foundations and maintenance buildings. The area economic impact will be… Continue
Added by Jerry Brown on July 13, 2008 at 10:00am —
Yes thats right ladies and gents, America the great is for sale. Think about it the east is buying up everything over here on the west, its only a matter of time before this great country of our's called America will called something else. We have to run with this plan before its to late. Just think if someone from some other country comes up with a plan their not just going to give or share this info its going to come with a price. This is a global problem but I garantee you that if someone… Continue
Added by Ramsey Thurston on July 13, 2008 at 9:51am —
The PickensPlan is brilliant if only for the purpose of illuminating to sleeping Americans that we can solve our energy problems on our own rather than waiting for the United States government to "save us".
In fact, let's not worry so much about elected officials right now, but instead; let's find companies that want to build wind farms up and down the wind belt; let's find companies that know how to bring natural gas out of the ground without harming the environment so that we can… Continue
Added by Tom Luntz on July 13, 2008 at 9:31am —
Mr. Pickens sure has a solid goal. The goal is clear and achievable. Now we just need a plan and we can put action behind it.
IEV Capital has been providing financial support this type of alternative energy for several year now. We recently launched a website to increase awareness: www.energygreen.us
. This website was designed to gauge interest in alternative energy projects. We figured that if people were willing to "put their money where… Continue
Added by Ryan on July 13, 2008 at 8:28am —
A couple of months ago, my husband and I were talking about windmills in NM and TX and we were dreaming that
maybe we could get just one to put in our yard when we buy our new house! What if everyone had their own windmill in their yard and it could be hooked up to supply some or most of the energy that they need for their house. Am I just dreaming or could this be a possibility?!
I realize they are huge and windfarms are what would really work. But sometimes dreams turn into… Continue
Added by Bridget Bertrand on July 12, 2008 at 11:56pm —
Pickensplan + drill here drill now = nobody bothers U$
Added by joe on July 12, 2008 at 11:46pm —
I joined and invited people that are in my sphere. We need to start somewhere, why not with this plan. I have always lived around the southwest and been involved with various political ideas and forums. I have been a candidate for office. I have felt for a long time that we need to take care of us; U.S. We have shipped manufacturing jobs across the ocean. We hardly build anything any more. We have taken a lot of service industry to other countries. They take calls over the phone about equipment… Continue
Added by Sam Houston on July 12, 2008 at 11:24pm —
So what next?
What next? We watched the videos, saw the interviews on the news, checked out the web site, joined the community, so now what.
This week we should be contacting our congressmen and senators to call for action. Now, this could be done with a couple of emails, hit enter, and we are done. I suggest a little more effort than that. I think that we need to email each and every member of the state houses as well. For good measure, send an email to the president, vice… Continue
Added by John on July 12, 2008 at 10:56pm —
I can hear it already.
What are you talking about?? That wont do any good. Theres nothing I can do.
We all have dreams in our lives. Dreams give us drive, motivation and hope. Without dreams what do we have.
Mr. Pickens ideas are great. Im sure you are very excited. But we have to stay excited. Dreams and plans are nothing if not implamented.
If you think of a good idea, write it down. Act on it. Today. Dont procrastinate. Do it… Continue
Added by Brian Mooney on July 12, 2008 at 10:09pm —