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President Obama recorded a video to speak directly to you about his economic recovery plan.
Invite your friends and family to watch the video and learn why our unprecedented challenges require immediate action.
You can even use our email contact importer to make it easy. Don't worry -- we don't hold on to any of the addresses you use.
After you watch the video, watch Gov. Tim Kaine answer questions from ordinary citizens about the plan and share your story about the economic crisis.
We're counting on you to collect the real stories of the challenges Americans are facing during this recession. We need to hear from you how the economic crisis is affecting your life and why the economic recovery plan is important to you and your community.
Once we receive your stories we will make them available to the public to show how critical it is to support the economic recovery plan.
Yesterday began with some devastating news with regard to our economic crisis. But I'm pleased to say it ended on a more positive note.
In the morning, we received yet another round of alarming employment figures – the worst in more than 30 years. Another 600,000 jobs were lost in January. We've now lost more than 3.6 million jobs since this recession began.
But by the evening, Democrats and Republicans came together in the Senate and responded appropriately to the urgency this moment demands.
In the midst of our greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, the American people were hoping that Congress would begin to confront the great challenges we face. That was, after all, what last November's election was all about.
Legislation of such magnitude deserves the scrutiny that it's received over the last month, and it will receive more in the days to come. But we can't afford to make perfect the enemy of the absolutely necessary. The scale and scope of this plan is right. And the time for action is now.
Because if we don't move swiftly to put this plan in motion, our economic crisis could become a national catastrophe. Millions of Americans will lose their jobs, their homes, and their health care. Millions more will have to put their dreams on hold.
Let's be clear: We can't expect relief from the tired old theories that, in eight short years, doubled the national debt, threw our economy into a tailspin, and led us into this mess in the first place. We can't rely on a losing formula that offers only tax cuts as the answer to all our problems while ignoring our fundamental economic challenges – the crushing cost of health care or the inadequate state of so many schools; our addiction to foreign oil or our crumbling roads, bridges, and levees.
The American people know that our challenges are great. They don't expect Democratic solutions or Republican solutions – they expect American solutions.
From the beginning, this recovery plan has had at its core a simple idea: Let's put Americans to work doing the work America needs done. It will save or create more than 3 million jobs over the next two years, all across the country – 16,000 in Maine, nearly 80,000 in Indiana – almost all of them in the private sector, and all of them jobs that help us recover today, and prosper tomorrow.
Jobs that upgrade classrooms and laboratories in 10,000 schools nationwide – at least 485 in Florida alone – and train an army of teachers in math and science.
Jobs that modernize our health care system, not only saving us billions of dollars, but countless lives.
Jobs that construct a smart electric grid, connect every corner of the country to the information superhighway, double our capacity to generate renewable energy, and grow the economy of tomorrow.
Jobs that rebuild our crumbling roads, bridges and levees and dams, so that the tragedies of New Orleans and Minneapolis never happen again.
It includes immediate tax relief for our struggling middle class in places like Ohio, where 4.5 million workers will receive a tax cut of up to $1,000. It protects health insurance and provides unemployment insurance for those who've lost their jobs. And it helps our states and communities avoid painful tax hikes or layoffs for our teachers, nurses, and first responders.
That's what is at stake with this plan: putting Americans back to work, creating transformative economic change, and making a down payment on the American Dream that serves our children and our children's children for generations to come.
Americans across this country are struggling, and they are watching to see if we're equal to the task before us. Let's show them that we are. And let's do whatever it takes to keep the promise of America alive in our time.
I am concerned about the high percentage of our oil that comes from foreign countries. Even in December, as the economy was contracting, we imported nearly 70 percent of the oil we used and paid over $19 billion for it.
I am very interested in the aspects of The American Renewal and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1) that include the promotion of alternative energy - wind and solar; the building out of a 21st century electrical transmission grid; and incenting trucking companies to upgrade from trucks running on foreign diesel to those running on domestic natural gas.
A Department of Energy study showed that developing our capacity to produce wind energy would not only replace 20 percent of the electricity we now produce using coal-burning plants, but would add 138,000 jobs in the first year and more than 3.4 million over a ten-year span.
Also, if we switch just 350,000 of the 6.5 million heavy trucks running on the nation's Interstate Highways to domestic natural gas from imported diesel, we could cut our oil imports by over five percent. In December alone that would have kept nearly $1 billion from being shipped off shore.
I hope you will join me in supporting these components of the Pickens Plan as H.R. 1 moves toward final passage in the Senate.
P.S. Savings bonds could be help in economic crisis.
While Washington tries to "fix" the banking and Wall Street mess created by subprime "gotcha" adjustable rate mortgages defaulting en masse, many of us are looking for a safer place to put at least some of our retirement, college funds, etc.
And we also want our country to become more energy-independent and our crumbling infrastructure repaired. But with things as they are, how can we accomplish these three objectives? A new form of U.S. Treasury savings bonds could be the answer.
Without U.S. saving bonds, we wouldn't have been able to supply our troops and allies like we did in World War II. If the U.S. Treasury issued energy independence and infrastructure savings bonds that paid an interest rate about 3 percent greater than the annualized FED rate adjusted for inflation, only be redeemable on their anniversary date(s), and what they pay is not taxed when they are redeemed at maturity, all three of these objectives can be achieved without any increase in taxes, especially if these funds were only employed as 1-to-2 matching funds.
Such bonds could increase employment enough to even reduce our taxes. Pass this idea on to your friends and then the politicians.
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Hi Mike, 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 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. This is a way to help and give tools to all of us for getting more RE projects started. I believe if just one fax could make it to the Presidents desk or Vice Presidents desk (fax numbers listed on web page of course) we may have a chance he may say “make it happen” to the US Secretary of Treasury. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
mike, just a thought. This is such an all encompassing task, but we have had a change in leadership not in lobbyists. We have to hold people accountable and I for one am tired of broken or delayed promises. CVG is got to be the first step! It is an easy step and easier conversion. The problem we have is again the infustructure and lack of capital investment for the CVG to work on a large scale. The Governments vehicles should all be converted now! Put you money where your mouth is and lets see government for once lead the way!
We really need to ramp it up fast! The ONLY thing that we can control is to build our numbers to make sure that Boone's efforts are not for naught. He is doing everything possible to bring light to the problem, work his contacts, spend his money and finally get this right. At 83 he is working at a presidential candidates pace! WE absolutely must support him with huge numbers. Without the big numbers there is no influence.
If every one of our 1,4 million people brought 20 folks to the table we would be 30 million overnight. I have greeted tens of thousands of new supporters here that say they will do everything and anything to help. Yet, we have only added 10,000 new supporters since before Christmas. I am telling you, unless we can get huge numbers this wil not happen the way we need it to. The lobbyists and special interests and political insiders will derail it to suit their individual needs.... or pockets.
We have this ONE golden opportunity. Will we do it? Our forefathers had to bear arms. We just need to manually input the names of 20 people who support this plan. WE ALL know 20 people who want to get off foreign oil. For those who do not, the rest of us need to pull a little harder. I have brought in hundreds, I know that it is not difficult.
Please try to do this today. We all need to. Please encourage others to do the same.
thank you for the add and the great information posted here. i am learning so much while i am working to get information to others to push the PP. this is great, look forward to working with y'all in the future. the energy party for your state is also a great resource for people who believe we can and will make our nation better and self sufficient again.
Yes, it will be fine to do. If you have any question, always feel free to contact me. Also there is additional information on the website - www.hydrolance.net - Go to site directory and scroll down to #8 Alternate Fuel & Systems where there are several links of interest.
You are spot on Mike! No need to fax. Go to the TAKE ACTION page. On the left there are three blue rectangular buttons. The one in the middle is for manual upload of new supporters! Sign in and the next from will automaticlly pop up for filling in signups. One at a time takes a bit of effort. However, I know it is done and assigned to our district.
How many do you have? Love to hear of other peoples successes! We would be honored to have you in the 100CLUB when you gather 100 or more new supporters.
Glad to hear from you. Look forward to getting some results for you from the email!
How are you and Jean doing with building new suporter numbers. PLease check out the letter I am using - it is having outstanding results. I picked up 50+ new supporters in the last 3 days from it. Jack Costantino is also having outstanding results. It is on my blog. Doug Auer and Karl Mayr are also using it. Check it out.
Thank you for the friend. I lok forward to working with you on this historic effort.
You are spot on! .... "The opportunity to save our country the cost of using foreign oil and sending huge funds overseas to not so friendly governments while becoming independent and stronger." THIS IS IT! the chance to do just that. The question is, can we gather the names off all supporters and force our leaders to get it done, or will we let theis golden opportunity slip away?!
Our forefathers had to bear arms, we just need to spread the word and gather supporters as we go. Manually input them on the TAKE ACTION page.
I have used a letter recetnly that has had tremendous success for me, and a few others that have tried it. Feel free to borrow it. It is posted on the district leaders page. (yesterday morning).
PLEASE join your local congressional district group - they could really use your help.
Hello Mike, thanks for the friends! Here's my elevator pitch:
Hello, my name is Adam Fuller, I have been developing an incredible new design of windmill for the last couple years. It works off the concept of collecting vast amounts of wind and 'squeezing' it, thereby accelerating it then directing the flow onto a very efficient revolving rotor.
This project is focused upon the development of this unique wind power system that provides cost effective electrical energy at potentially half the cost of current wind technology. I believe this unique wind power system is the engine that will drive a revolution in the current wind power market.
Current technology dominates a multi-billion dollar global industry. The potential value of this technology introduced to the market will achieve 2 things:
1) It will cause a paradigm shift in the practical costs of wind power within the wind industry.
2) It will cause a domino effect of new technologies over the course of the next decade as this inexpensive electricity source is realized. It will for once provide an energy source at a cost lower than fossil fuels.
My financial backer has defaulted due to the economy and this project is in peril as a relatively minor debt has filed suit. I am desperate to get this very worthwhile project some deserving attention.
Curious? Go to http://push.pickensplan.com/profile/Adam27 for pictures, illustrations and blogs. Thank you, Adam 262-308-7948 or email@example.com
American Ingenuity Has Immediate Fix For Our Gas Crisis
Thirty-five years ago during the Mideast oil embargo when gas shot from 25 cents/gallon to $1/gallon, Chicago chemist, Tim Leahy, partnered with stock car racing legend & pioneer, Ray Nichels, the winningest race car mechanic in US history, to develop a fuel additive which would boost gas mileage by 25 to 50%. The Leahy/Nichels team accomplished their goal and sold several hundred thousand bottles of MPG50 (http://MPG50.com) in the early '70's, but the American public got used to $1/gallon gas prices and sales soon fell off.
However, a few weeks ago when gasoline & diesel prices hit $4 to $5/gallon, Leahy decided to renew marketing efforts for the effective mileage booster, MPG50. Greg Perich, a friend & Jacksonville Florida radio station owner (WJXR, 92.1 FM), asked Leahy to market MPG50 on his popular Jacksonville Radio Shopping Show. Perich promptly begin selling 100 to 200 bottles of MPG50 daily to happy customers who experienced hefty increases in gas mileage and began saving $1 to $2/gallon at the pump.
If every vehicle in the USA used MPG50, we could immediately reduce our need for foreign oil by 25% to 35% and gas prices would drop substantially.
Trucking companies could also reduce their cost of transporting food and goods by 1/3 and the cost of goods to consumers would drop substantially.
Sales went so exceptionally well in Jacksonville that Leahy plans to market MPG50 through other USA radio stations and globally as well, in countries where gasoline and diesel prices are considerably higher than in the US.
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Testimonial from Reverend Franklin Peacock
Subject: gas treatment
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 10:39:29 -0400
I am Franklin Peacock and I live in south Georgia, better known as Waycross and I pastor a church.
Many of my church families use hospitals that are over a 100 miles or more away from our town.
While in Jacksonville, Fla. I was listening to talk radio.I heard this spin on a gas treatment called MPG50.
Fuel costs are so high today and I can use as much as three tankfuls of gasoline a week.
To be honest I have heard these claims before and they turned out to be false.
I waited about a week before I looked up the website, http://MPG50.com and I placed an order for six bottles.
I put MPG50 in my dodge truck with a 5.9 V8 engine made a 250 mile trip to visit a sick church member in the hospital.
I averaged about 65 miles per hour and 18 miles per gallon on gas.
Yes it worked well immediately at that speed, whereas before I had been averaging only 15 miles per gallon.
This is the best mileage my truck has ever done since it was manufactured.
I have just received my second MPG50 order this morning.
I have sold my friends a case and now many others are asking for this product.
It works exceptionally well and will save me money every time I stop at the gas pump.
I own 3 vehicles. The treatment is in the tanks and by the end of the month I will see the savings in my gas bill.
The oil treatment was put in my truck yesterday and I will report its additional success real soon .
I can't help but believe that other gas users need this savings and reduction in wear and tear on their engines.
Rev. Franklin Peacock
Testimonial from Store Owner, Linda Craig
Subject: gasoline/diesel fuel treatment
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2008
Dear Daily Savings Club,
Thank you so very much for recommending your MPG50 money-saving gasoline & diesel additive to us. I have now finished my third tank of gas using MPG50 and am enjoying a substantial increase in miles per gallon.
In mostly city driving my 2004 Ford Explorer was only getting 11.2 MPG before, but now with MPG50 in my tank I get 16.47 MPG. This is an increase in mileage of better than 47% which saves me $1.91 per gallon at the gas pump. With gas at $4.07 a gallon in Georgetown, KY, one $25 bottle of MPG50 saves me $305.60 in gasoline costs.
I am excited to be the distributor in the Georgetown/Lexington, Kentucky area for MPG50 and look forward to helping my customers overcome high gasoline costs. I know the word will spread fast, as we all hate to pay so much money to fill up our gas tanks.
With your 30-day money-back guarantee on MPG50, I expect that I will soon have customers lined up at my store to buy it
Bluegrass Boots & Saddles
Georgetown, KY 40324
I am one of the welcome wagon crew. We are all volunteers. Out of sheer numbers I greet daily I have a paste and copy note.
It is not intended to overwhelm you, just give you a direction and some contacts. I do read every profile page.
We are a voluntary community of individuals who are placing our combined support behind T. Boone Pickens and his efforts to send our government a clear (heard) message that we must reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil through the use of all domestic energy alternatives. This site is a place to interact with fellow Pickens Plan supporters, keep up with events and opportunities to help get more involvement.
For those of you that have already jumped in and have made contact with your local leader- thanks.
*************Please, I ask the first sites you visit to get accurate info and articles to see pretty much what the plan is about and where the plan stands, and please come back to these sites often as changes take place regularly. Some are long, please; take the time to get all the details.
On the home page, click on About The Plan ~ Boone Cam ~ Blog - You’ll see the Pie-graph Mechanics.
Our future is focus 1- at this point in time! If not now, When? If not you, WHO?
Mr. Obama has voiced that eliminating the dependence of foreign oil is a top priority.
[Click here], to enter your zip code and be paired up with members in your area. If you want to be a leader for your area, you can also sign up on that page.
For our members in other countries [Click here ], to link to the International group.
If you would rather wait on a leader role, that’s ok we need helpers. An organization cannot be all chiefs.
There is a group for almost everything. The Forums/discussions on this site are many and you’ll probably find something that interests or concerns you. Some are very long and were started months ago. For the ones that concern you, please keep in mind, events are remembered and relayed differently by those commenting, which as we all too well know equals at least three sides to the event.
After you have read the sites I mentioned, if you need anything else to help you, while you help the push, please stop by. I am proud to put my efforts towards this cause.
Other fellow greeters will give you a more in depth list of things to do. Again, Welcome; Tom
Welcome. We appreciate you setting up an active account.
After you've had a chance to settle in, please let me know if there's anything I can do to help. The basic first steps are reviewing the current topics in the Forum, and inviting others to the website when you're comfortable. The people here want to do something to foster energy independence and those you invite will find that joining us is the right thing to do.
Here are further steps you might consider, some of which you may have already taken.
- Sign up to lead or volunteer on the Local District page.
- Visit your My Energy page and get involved.
- Get involved with others in your City or State.
- Find and connect with a like-minded Group.
- Start or join a Campus/Alumni group at PickensU.
- Work your contacts to increase press coverage.
- Write to congressional representatives directly.
- Use Pickens Action buttons or call (202) 225-3121.
- Speak out for ending our dependence on foreign oil.
- Write letters to the editor of your local paper.
- Download flyers/etc from here or here.
- Download the Petition and ask others to sign it.
- Start a company to build wind turbines/solar panels.
- Start a financing firm to invest in those companies.
- Tell everyone you know about PickensPlan.com.
Decide for yourself what you can do, but definitely do something.