The letter below helped me recruit more Members. I emailed it to co workers and friends and agot a good response. You may use it as a template.
Then you click on Resources up on the Menu. Scroll down to upload sign ups and the rest is easy.
RI may be the first state in the nation to have Off shore Wind Turbines to produce Eelctricity
1000 new jobs will be created in RI with the company that will be installing the turbines
This is a link to an Article in Thursday 3/19/09 Providence Journal Front Page on the Pickens Plan Forum that I Organized
Can I please submit your name as a supporter of the Pickens Plan? We are trying to gather over 1,000 new supporters from RI before April 1st. I am available to answer any questions you may have.
If other friends or family members support it, will you please include their info as well.
I only need Name, Zip Code and email.
Here is the plan if you would like to see a short video
www.pickensplan.com Please stop by my page and say "hi" http://push.pickensplan.com/profile/EarleUScharffIII
The Pickens plan is simple and do able. At current gas prices we
spend over 400 billion a year (that we borrow from China) on foreign oil.
(when it was higher, the number was 700 billion, it will be there again
Picken's plan is to:
1. Use American technology and renewable solutions for electricity.
Wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, etc.
2. Use CNG (natural gas) for transportation fuel, especially
trucks, buses and municipal vehicles- almost 40% of our needs as a
country. Batteries currently can not move 18 wheelers. CNG is cleaner and
less expensive than foreign oil, and it is ours!
3. Boone is an "all of the above" guy, as long as it is an American
solution, and the money stays in this country.
I am working with a national effort to gather millions of
supporters to insure that Congress supports our efforts to finally get
this country to be energy independant. Brazil has done it....why can't
we? Cheap oil has gotten us here, but we must finally end it. Our economy
and national security depend upon it.
We could become net exporters of renewable energies and ride this
horse out of the economic trough we are in. We have a very limited time to
make this work. Call it a perfect storm, organized by a titan of
commerce who is leading this historical effort to make sure we get this
Look forward to hearing from you.
Hi Marcia, 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
This is the moment we have been waiting for. Legislation is on the table...
A message from Judy DePalma, our New England organizer, from Boone's team:
"You may have seen Boone’s email to the Army about the stimulus package. The package includes wind energy elements and we want to generate activity around this email before Congress votes on the package on WEDNESDAY. This is what we’ve been waiting for. It’s time for the rubber to hit the road and take action to let Congress know we are serious about wind energy and the stimulus package.
We want to generate this activity through phone calls to members of Congress. (phone numbers at the bottom of this message)
This is the first big phase of action in making the Pickens Plan become reality. We have been building the Army for months in anticipation. Now is the time for us to be heard.
Thanks again, everyone. I look forward seeing your results! Let me know if you have any questions or need any help. -Judy
Kennedy, Patrick J. RI 1st 202-225-4911
Langevin, James R. RI 2nd 202-225-2735
- Urge them to tell House Leadership that their constituents support the wind energy elements included in the Stimulus Bill which will build upon 2008's successes in the wind energy sector:
- Extension of the Production Tax Credit
- Implementation of a renewable infrastructure loan program
- We hope they're willing to doing more on the natural gas side and provide the INCENTIVES that will greatly expand the use of domestic natural gas as a vehicle fuel in America. Expanded use of NGVs (natural gas vehicles) will help wean us off of foreign oil and create new American jobs.
These incentives include:
- Increasing the vehicle tax credit to make natural gas trucks more accessible for heavy and medium duty truck operators
- Extending the fuel tax credit
The Pickens Plan works best as a whole plan - wind and natural gas - and we hope Members of Congress will support that.
The Stimulus Bill is a strong start but there's more we can - and should - do.
IT IS URGENT TO GENERATE AS MANY CALLS TO OUR DC REPRESENTATIVES AS WE POSSIBLY CAN!.
This is what we have been waiting for - LEGISLATION that can make a difference!
PLEASE let me know if you are able to make a call.... OR join RI-01 or RI-02 and post it there. Boone's team is tring to gauge what kind of pressure we are able to apply- we need to hear from you! LET's ROLL.
I am hosting a RI renewables Meet Up, Thursday morning fo a one hour coffee strategy session in Providence. Can you join us?
In the meantime, would you please download 10 pledges, get them signed and fax them to the 888# on the bottom of the pledge. It is an easy ask - Boone has done the hard work. We have over 500 RI members. 10 pledges each gets us 5,000 more RI'ers. I look forward to working with you.
Our RI forefathers were the ones who held up the process and demanded democracy hundreds of years ago. We have a long history of being the leaders on important issues. WE CAN DO THIS!
RI Renewable Member,
RI may be small in size, but certainly not ability.
Would love to talk to you about Pickens
U. Call me. 245-6217
We need your help with the Pledge Push! We can only get this plan done with HUGE numbers. Please download some pledges, get them signed and fax them back to the 888# at the bottom of the page. We eat the apple one bite at a time. Collect a few every day, and in no time you will have 100. We would be thrilled to have you in the 100CLUB. ARE YOU IN?
Please get your elected leaders to sign, as well. A two pronged offense can not fail!
Also, please congratulate Karen Nardella and Craig Savage for completing the task! You should read how they did it on the 100CLUB GROUP page - http://push.pickensplan.com/group/100pledgeclub
I'm trying to organize a national event, and we don't have any contacts in Rhode Island yet. Maybe you could help us get rolling there.
I've created a Pickens Plan group called "Musicians for a Better Future". Our goal is to increase grass roots support for and raise the visibilty of alternative energy solutions through a series of simultaneous local events in many cities.
As an organizer I think you could help us. Musicians are only a small fraction of the support this event will require. We need promoters, venues, media reps, venues, event staff and grass roots organizers.
It would be great to have an event in Rhode Island. If you think this effort is worthy of your time, I would ask you to bring in others from Rhode Island to help out. Of course, any ideas or comments you could provide would be appreciated.
Hi Marcia. Thank you for getting involved. It is critical that our young people like yourself get behind this consumer action movement. Please encourage your friends and family to come aboard. Groups across the country are springing up everywhere. If you would please consider joining the Las Vegas Energy & Light Group. Thanks again. Patrick