FAST TRACK ENERGY INDEPENCE ACT 2008 08/07/2008
Our thirst for oil has increased our balance of trade deficit, swelled the coffers of the OPEC cartel and made America vulnerable to the political games of nations such as Venezuela, Iran and Saudi Arabia. These countries use this oil money to buy out American businesses, the nation’s best wealth producing asset. America must invest in an energy solution at home and free ourselves from this harmful addiction.”
America needs to do much more to develop energy conservation, alternative energy technologies. And we'd actually create jobs, have more wealth and save the planet, and we'd make ourselves more independent of foreign oil. There is right now today a $1 trillion untapped market for existing alternative energy and energy conservation technologies."
- President Bill Clinton
If Americans don't come together now-God Help Us!
I urge you to pass and promote a bi-partisan Fast Track Energy Independence Act asap. We are paying $700 Billion each year for oil. It's time to use the abundant renewable resources in America. Your help now is critical.
Please ask your colleagues NOT to slam any new appropriations bill with EARMARKS (see below) that will cause a failure or delays.
I am a proud member of The T. Boone Pickens Plan at http://pickensplan.com. We have over 101,000 members and growing fast.
The main goal of the Pickens Plan is political. The intention is to work within our existing system (the White House, Senate, House of Representatives, state legislatures, governors, mayors, county commissioners, etc.) and create an alternative energy friendly political climate, with underlying laws and taxation incentives that will see this Plan become reality. As examples, we'll need production tax credits for alternative energy sources such as wind power, solar, tidal, geothermal, biomass, etc. We'll need to create a new infrastructure for natural gas powered vehicles, such as filling stations and in-home fill devices. We'll need major updates and extensions to our current national electrical grid, which may require right-of-way land purchases by the government. And we'll probably need a whole lot more that we don't even know about yet.
In fiscal year 2008, Congress stuffed 11,610 projects (the second highest total ever) worth $17.2 billion into the 12 appropriations bills. That is a 337 percent increase over the 2,658 projects in fiscal year 2007, and a 30 percent increase over the $13.2 billion total in fiscal year 2007. Alaska led the nation with $556 in pork per capita ($380 million total), followed by Hawaii with $221 ($283 million) and North Dakota with $208 ($133 million). CAGW has identified $271 billion in total pork since 1991.
.We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Your comments are welcomed. (Senator Boxer's comments are attached.)
Thank You and Stay Well,
Dear Mr. Moore:
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