I'm interested in gathering Kansas city folks and uniting them to promote compressed Natural gas for NGV's cars and trucks and into a meetup group website as well. We cant wait for State or Federal government to act in our best interest. Local people and their interests MUST rise above the apathy in America today. We have a GM plant in kansas city, it's time we put them to the test for the betterment of Kansas and Missouri citizen's. please join me in uniting all of kansas city in this effort.
Joey, my man, you are EVERYWHERE on this PickensPlan website. I admire your energy and willingness to take chances. How are your House Parties going and how do you find people to come? Do you peruse new members on the Pickens' website? I have had some experience in multi-level marketing and I know how hard it is to get people out of their boring and mindless day-to-day lives (and I know how hard it is to motivate MYSELF to generate the energy and excitement in the hopes of inspiring others with whatever Program I am trying to ease down their starving little throats. I've joined the "house party" group, and will be learning whatever I can in hopes of generating a spark of hopefulness in our decadent and joyless world. Keep up the good work. I hope you are as happy as you look in your picture.
Chuck from Michigan
Hey Joey, I just wanted to remind you to try and get your friends and family to join the Kansas group too. We really need to grow the group so we can show there is enough support for the Pickens Plan in Kansas!
I'd like to suggest a "My Page" feature to you. When being asked to become someone's friend and looking at their "My Page" page, I find myself often wondering how long they have been a member. It would be nice to have something that indicates this on our "My Page." I'm not sure, in and of itself, it has much value, but it would be like a badge of honor for those long time members.
Actors, Directors & Production Artists for TBP PLAN
I leave this for you & those passing this way. Our new video "WE'VE HAD ENOUGH - NO TANKS!" The style is animated cartoon. Please feel free to attach it to personal emails, to attract others to the Plan.
Sit back, relax & have a giggle!
Several individual members of the PickensPlan have advanced the idea of a "petition drive" - i.e., have downloadable/printable petitions, then seek individuals to sign them outside stores, in non-governmental offices, at colleges, county and state fairs, outside sporting events, etc. A brief "handout" on the PickensPlan could also be given, or "business cards" or "stickers" - at the same time. All of the petitions would then be gathered and delivered en masse to Congress.
I believe this is a very good idea, in that it is: (a) proactive; (b) results in tangible evidence (boxes and boxes of signed petitions) that might influence Congress; (c) could lead to a surge of members of the PickensPlan (imagine the handout containing instructions for signing up as a member); and (d) provides a real sense of accomplishment to the members who are participating.
Will the PickensPlan support this idea, if not immediately then by scheduling it for a later "Call to Action"? Thank you for your consideration.
Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress
While the Senate dawdles with one set of renewable energy incentives, four members of the House of Representatives, led by Jay Inslee (D-Washington), have introduced a new piece of legislation that everyone concerned about alternative energy in the United States really needs to watch.
Feed-In Tariff Legislation Introduced into House
The Renewable Energy Jobs and Security Act would create a feed-in tariff system of payments for small to mid-sized renewable energy suppliers (sites up to 20MW in size) similar to the one which has had such success, and has been recently expanded, in Germany.
Under a feed-in tariff system renewable electricty producers are paid a fixed, above market-rate, tariff for the electricity that is fed into the grid. The cost of this is then spread across all consumers of electricty. In Germany the estimated additional cost to the average family of three is €2 per month.
Inslee: “The feed-in tariff enacted in Germany in 2003 has helped the European nation achieve 55 percent of the world's installed solar capacity, provide 14 percent of its electricity supply from renewable sources and create at least 140,000 jobs. Similar policies also have been adopted by France, Spain and over 40 other countries, provinces and states.”
Inslee’s bill has three main components: guaranteed interconnection to the grid, long-term fixed rate contracts with electric utilities, and a rate-recovery program through a regional cost-sharing commission to minimize the impact on consumers. The bill would set technology-specific rates that utilities would pay renewable energy suppliers, that would incrementally decrease every two years for the 20 year lifespan of the tariff.
Though Inslee does not mention it, given the reports that we’ve seen recently about renewable energy reaching parity with fossil fuels, some of these rates should probably be set to depreciate more quickly than others, but overall the plan is sound.
New Direction in US Renewable Energy Promotion?
It may not seem it at first, and provided there are no demons lurking in the end pages of this bill which limit its effectiveness, this bill could dramatically change the way in which renewable energy is promoted in the United States.
Co-sponsoring the bill with Inslee are Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.; no relation to post author), and Mike Honda (D-Cali.). A companion bill has not yet been introduced in the Senate.
Just an idea, why couldnt someone build something such as a very small windmill to put on our roofs or solar pannel that people could put on their homes that if made in mass,wouldnt cost that much. I would love to do something, but their are very few autos out there, and the electric cars they say will cost 10,000 more. Well most people wont buy it when it costs that much more.
I second what Walter just said. People who are visiting the site are more than likely already for the plan and would be receptive to a big "VOTE" button to click on the front page. It's nonpartisan, but it's still politics. A small percentage of people are willing to participate, but a larger percentage of people are willing to support, especially if they can do it with a quick click of the mouse.
Also, I would recommend taking as many laptops to town hall meetings as the Pickens entourage could carry to sign people up on site. I noticed in the video of the first town hall a surprisingly small show of hands when Boone asked how many people had signed up already.
We need to fast track some membership to get us to that million member goal, especially now that we are entering the adoption gap area of the innovation/adoption curve (see current profile photo, left.)
Hi Joey......I have been writing to a few members about the disproportion between the numbers of hits on the Pickens Plan site and the numbers joining (3 million vs. 118,000 joiners). I have been asking myself "why"? As a graphic arts and web design instructor, I have come to the conclusion that we need a JOIN box on the front page. We do not want people to navigate through the various pages until they look at Push the Plan. I believe many leave before they surf and watch the other videos. Also "PUSH THE PLAN" means different things to different people. To some, it means a form of "selling". People are going to the site because of the inspirational videos that they are seeing on TV......when they get to the front page, it should be made simple to JOIN......so easy "grandma" can do it blindfolded. We need to use the KISS method for membership. Many members agree with my assessment and support this idea. Could you bounce it off the "powers that be"??? Lee Ewald
Is anyone in this group going to the RNC convention? There is discussion regarding PP presence @ the DNC - we (PP) ought to be represented - visually. SEE: Going to the DNC group regarding PP action @ convention.
In response to organizing events in the Pacific Northwest, I live in Seattle, Wa. Please contact me via my e-mail address and share your ideas
for this area, OK? I believe that it is in the best interest of every US citizen to get involved and do what we each can to get the ball rolling. So, let's roll. Thanks so much for looking out for the future of our great nation and the globe. Sincerely, P Howell.
How can I get more information about the specifics of what needs to be done? I am located in WV right outside of DC and really want to get involved. I am working on starting a meeting here locally, but I not sure if there is information to support starting a meeting. I am by no means a wind or energy expert, but I working in marketing and think I can get people to an event. But I need something for them once I get them there. Any suggestions?
'Green-collar' jobs a growth area, U.S. group says
Companies are stepping up their environmental initiatives, and that may mean a boom in "green-collar" jobs.
A recent forecast by the American Solar Energy Society found that renewable energy and energy-efficient industries were responsible for the creation of nearly 8.5 million jobs in 2006, and by 2030 that number is expected to reach 40 million.
Colleges and universities are taking notice, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., a job placement consulting group.
Many have introduced specialized degree programs in eco-commerce, environmental accounting, green and social marketing, and ecological economics.
"The demand for 'green-collar' jobs is really exploding, especially as the cost of energy continues to climb," said John Challenger, the group's chief executive. "Students need to start thinking about developing skills that will give them an edge for these types of careers that did not even exist until recently."
Popular jobs include urban planners, forestry professionals and environmental lawyers, Challenger said. There is also a growing demand for architects and engineers with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit.