Hi Rick, Here is a tool for all of us to get renewable energy going. I am working the introduction into Congress a bill for 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 an RE savings bond to support a renewable energy project and save money at the same time for themselves. I need help pushing this project, I've faxed and emailed many in Congress/Senate already.If you agree with this plan please consider passing to other people in your district as it will be a great tool to get funding for PickensPlan projects through support of Renewable Energy projects. On my web page is a link for a new group that was started today called “Energy Independence US Treasury Savings Bonds” At your discretion I encourage you to join on the link as one of “my friends” and the join the group if you agree with the goals. I have created a group on PickensPlan called “Energy Independence US Treasury Savings Bonds” . It is currently listed as the number 3 group on the PickensPlan website and I encourage you to check it out, join if you like it, and become friends on my PickensPlan page. My email address is email@example.com Here is a copy of a fax sent to Nancy Pelosi the other day:
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Rick, i agree with your enthusiasm, but we should not be caught up with sound bytes like "drill or not drill" because the politians are using these sound bytes to deceive the general public that feed off these sound bytes, I want to believe that we, The Push Picken Plan Group, are more sufisticated than that. The oil companies has approximate 61 million acres of drilling permits that has not been touched in the last 20 years. They should dispose of those leases before granting them more leases. They only want add more of these leases so that they could use them as colateral on the stock market to jack up the stocks prices and continue gouging the publick with windfall profit. Lets challenge Exxon Mobil show the public where they have they used these wind fall to prevent the country from going into recession by producing Job and improving the living standards in America; They can't and will not do that.
So, please add this concept to argument.
I have sources for all kinds of promotional items, as does many, many people who are members here. By the way, I would be most happy to buy "offical" PickensPlan.com Inc items, marketing materials, etc at full retail price.
I joined the Pickens Plan about a week ago and have spent some time today looking over the features of our website. I just wanted to introduce myself. What an exciting and worthy community to be involve with. All the best, Luis Garcia…
Hi Rick, great to have you on board--yeah we might need to develop some censor icons warning newbies that the following content might be high tech and not for the meek at heart. It is so great that with 43,000+ members we have some out right brillant technical folks along with some experience political types, a lot of street smart folks and a whole bunch of frustrated americans tired of watching ""Big Oil" and their "in their pocket" political/governmental pals run the wheels off the car and put it in the ditch when it comes to American Energy Independence!
T. Boone is right, it is going to take a big army for this mission and I am very impressed with the folks joining up. We have doubled membership from 20,000 on Saturday to over 43,000+ today already--way to go T. Boone!
Will look at your comments a bit later this evening, when I get home.
My first reaction to your post is that if your not 20 years old, it sure does take a long time to understand how to use all this technology!!! Sometimes I wonder if I've accidently e-mailed the Dalai Lama.
My first feedback comment this morning, just after I joined, was about the challenges I faced.
I suggest that a "first activity" for your/our group should be to put ourselves in the shoes of the new registrant as to "the experience" - or we may lose half of the hundreds of thousands who will soon sign up before they even get involved.
What I experienced was staggering to me - and I've got an engineering degree/MBA although I was never an engineer and found success in sales - was the degree of knowledge and accompanying zeal that a lot of the "early adopters" in Boone's Army have and display!
Not only the arcane information but the sheer length of the blogs and the "sense of mission" some of these folks have. For example, I just went to the "leadership" group - largest so far - and found this about four to five entries down - don't try to read it, just get a sense of what YOU'D feel upon reading it as you first joined TPP. Also, since you'll get the point after a few sentences, I've italicized it so you can scroll on down to the rest of MY thoughts!:
i>i>Comment by David Smith 6 hours ago The problem at present is that the rules in place are designed for fleet operations where grants are available to local and state governments to help with the sky-high costs.
The OBDII (1996: The OBD-II specification is made mandatory for all cars sold in the United States) rule can be modified so a conversion system can use a separate emission alarm system. This would reduce the cost of each engine certification. A standardized system that can be used across all gasoline engines would allow millions of vehicles into the conversion stream.
Even CARB is seeking relief from this onerous rule so the state can certify autos for the private motorist at a reasonable cost.
Here is an excerpt from the NATURAL GAS VEHICLE RESEARCH ROADMAP undertaken for CARB in California.
There needs to be a national focus on after-market conversions—it would be nice for $ to go towards developing more conversions for more platforms.
Conversions are available domestically, however they must be certified for use by EPA and ARB in California—the latter, a reportedly challenging process that must be undertaken for each engine/vehicle model combination. In addition to uncertainty of market demand, different safety and emissions certification standards, along with different incentives and mandates, serve as barriers to foreign light-duty NGV models in the US.
Aftermarket Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Conversions
Conventional original equipment manufacturer vehicles altered to operate on propane, natural gas, methane gas, ethanol, or electricity are classified as aftermarket AFV conversions. All vehicle conversions, except those that are completed for a vehicle to run on electricity, must meet current applicable U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. For more information about vehicle conversion certification requirements, see the Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center's Conversions Web site. (Reference 40 CFR 85)
Code of Federal Regulations (current data)
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(c) Aftermarket conversion system means any combination of hardware, including but not limited to fuel storage and fuel metering hardware, which is installed on a light-duty vehicle, light-duty truck, heavy-duty vehicle, or heavy-duty engine with the effect of allowing the vehicle or engine to operate
on a fuel other than the fuel which the vehicle or engine was originally certified to use. Components which do not affect the emissions performance of the converted vehicle or engine, as determined by the Administrator, are not included for the purposes of this subpart.
§ 85.2207 On-board diagnostics test
(b) A vehicle shall fail the on-board diagnostics test if it is a 1996 or newer vehicle and the vehicle connector is missing, has been tampered with, or is otherwise inoperable.
(c) A vehicle shall fail the on-board diagnostics test if the malfunction indicator light is commanded to be illuminated and it is not visually illuminated according to visual inspection.
(d) A vehicle shall fail the on-board diagnostics test if the malfunction indicator light is commanded to be illuminated for one or more OBD diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), as defined by SAE J2012. The procedure shall be done in accordance with SAE J2012 Diagnostic Trouble Code Definitions, (MAR92). This incorporation by reference was approved by the Director of the Federal Register in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies of SAE J2012 may be obtained from the Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., 400 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, PA 15096–0001.
Also see - § 85.2222 On-board diagnostic test procedures.
The development of a stand alone On Board Diagnostic (OBD) that works across all engine types could eliminate the certification requirement on the conversion kit and place the emphasis on the diagnostic system. This would allow millions of vehicles to qualify for conversions overnight.
BTW - before I forget - we should recruit Arnold Palmer, down the I-4 from me, to see if he's got an alternative energy bent and might consider adding his voice to Boone's....i.e. talk about how Arnie's Army was important to him in his golf efforts and how he supports Boone in recruiting HIS "army" (Boone is making a point on his web site video reports to call us his army)(I did a Wheaties commercial with Arnie, not that he'll recall me, but I would bet I can get his attention by referring back to it.)
We need primers on the various types of alternative energy sources - just saw one we could use on the AWEA web site. Didn't know they existed till today but they are the national trade association for the wind power industry - and they've got good stuff we could link to from this web site to educate newbies.
The "Groups" section should be MUCH more informative as to purpose...and WE need to establish some sectors within the Leadership Group as well as create actual Groups - to guide new entrants down paths they can and want to handle. So a new recruit who wants to know if he/she can go to, e.g. Tallahassee to talk to state legislators to "Do Something" does NOT run into the arcane stuff above and get scared right out of action because intimidated.
The analogy here is why most gym's have a hard time economically: all the muscle hunks and babes go to see and be seen - and actually do the work - and all the chubbies like me have to suck it up to go in and stay on a program. It IS intimidating...and the folks who REALLY need the help - tad bigger than "chubby" - won't even walk in the door.
So the techies/evangelicals in THIS arena are jumping in and are properly excited. But that can scare off the "foot soldiers" that Boone needs for political strength.
Let's talk to TPP staff about the "gates to Parris Island" and make them a little easier for new recruits to enter!