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Dear President Obama,
I welcome you as our new president. I would like to assist you in redirecting Americans toward a bright new future. I feel you must inspire people into believing that the future is bright. And it is! It is bright if you show us the wisdom of making a National Security move to decentralize our energy sources. We need to offer interest free loans to building owners in this country to convert their buildings into energy sources instead of energy consumers.
This new effort to become energy independent, reduce global warming, and revitalize our economy is timely and incredibly important. All of these outcomes could be achieved in your first term if you use the creativity and energy of our citizens to cause this to occur.
When FDR shifted our focus towards developing hydroelectric energy and national park improvements we responded and a new economy developed around tourism. It is now time to lead us toward homes which are energy producers. We have the ability to make this change in paradigm. We only need to be focused. That is what our leadership does for us. You focus us toward an end goal.
We the people of the United States have no desire to continue the old economy. It was based upon an energy which will soon do serious damage to our planet and its atmosphere if we continue to use it. We must make a shift away from fossil fuels. When making this major shift from an oil based economy to a renewable energy economy, we need to have our focus renewed frequently. This is what leadership is all about and I can see clearly that you have that skill.
Thank you for what you do.
Obama to announce environment, energy team
By Deborah Charles Deborah Charles
45 mins ago [Dec 14th, 2008 at 5:35 pm EST]
CHICAGO (Reuters) – President-elect Barack Obama, who has vowed to adopt an aggressive approach to global warming and the environment, will hold a news conference on Monday to announce his picks to lead the effort.
Obama will hold a news conference at 5 p.m. EST on Monday to talk about "the nation's energy and environmental future," his transition office said on Sunday.
At the news conference Obama is expected to name Nobel physics laureate Steven Chu as his energy secretary and former Environmental Protection Agency chief Carol Browner as the head of a new council that will coordinate White House policy on energy, climate and environment, Democratic sources have said.
Obama is also expected to announce he has chosen Lisa Jackson, the chief of staff for New Jersey's governor, to run the EPA and Nancy Sutley, a deputy mayor of Los Angeles, as head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. ...
Obama has said energy and environmental matters would be important to his administration, and he wants to spend billions of dollars to promote alternative energy sources and create millions of green energy jobs.
News of who would make up Obama's energy and environment team began trickling out last week and the choices were applauded by environment groups.
The team will be charged with developing policies to reduce carbon emissions blamed for global warming. They will also work on developing new sources of energy and creating new jobs. ...
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There is a chicken egg problem with energy independence. There are vast energy sources from wind, solar, and wave located in states that are distant from energy consumers. No one wants to invest in building generation if there is no way to transmit the electricity in bulk to customers in distant locations. No one wants to build the transmission without the generation capacity that could utilize it.
With the Fed having expended nearly all its bullets in the form of rate cuts, all eyes are on Congress to for a massive fiscal stimulus that would inject $300 billion into the economy so that we will not slip into a deep depression that will cost the country trillions in lost GDP. Lots of ideas on how to blow that much money. Lets take a moment and think about actually getting something back for our money. Rather than pay the money out as tax rebates (why send the money back via Wallmart to China?), we could pay for a national electricity transmission grid capable of moving electricity in bulk from coast to coast. The project would be massive, along the lines of Eisenhower's construction of the national system of freeways. Large number of construction, steelworkers, and linemen will be required.
The benefits are multiple. This is not a make work project- we clearly all understand by now that relying on our own energy means we will stop hemorrhaging money to pay for energy from outside the US.
More importantly, the project will pay for itself. By surcharging electricity transmitted on this national grid, the system will be made to pay for itself within a decade. That means 300 billion need not be added to the national debt.
The requirements for building the massive number of towers- the steel and aluminum cabling required will require a Herculean effort from our industry. It will generate a million jobs short term.
After the November election, let's put Congress back to work and ramrod through a bill to build the National Electrical Transmission Grid.
Included must not just be authorization for the money, but authorize the federal project to override the authority of state and regional agencies to hamstring or otherwise delay the project. This is an interstate commerce issue with economic recovery and national security implications. Nothing must be allowed to stand in its way.
Department of Energy (CERTS) report "Our National Transmission System Today and Tomorrow"
Cleveland.com article "Transmission grid limits wind power's potential"
Both the Republican candidates claim that the VP nominee has energy experience because Alaska produces nearly 20% of the U.S. domestic supply of energy. They both have made this claim several times on the campaign trail. First of all, even if this were true, which it is not, this fact does not qualify the Republican VP as an energy expert any more than the fact that she can see Russia from her front door qualifies her as a foreign policy expert.
Alaksa's share of domestic energy production was 3.5% according to the official figures kept by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. And as far as all the energy CONSUMED in the U.S. and not just produced here, then Alaska's production accounted for only 2.4%
AGAIN WE THE PEOPLE, WITH OUR ECONOMY IN THE HOLE THAT IS, SHOULD NOT CONSIDER ELECTING TWO PEOPLE WHO CAN'T DO ANY BETTER THAN THIS WITH NUMBERS AND/OR BASIC TRUTH TELLING. THE LAST THING WE NEED IN OFFICE ARE DUMB AND DUMBER--MORE OF THE SAME.
Sarah Palin requisitioned quite a bit of money for Alaska's aerial shooting of wolves program. According to the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, she is an enemy to animals there.