Searched but didn't find anything about the Pickens Plan so I'm starting
Mr. Pickens is not doing this purely out of the goodness of his heart and I don't find fault with that or care if he makes money off the sale of LNG as a motor vehicle fuel.
What I care about is watching our hard earned dollars heading overseas to jobs that should be kept here.
What I care about is them building ski resorts in the desert with the profits from the gasoline they sell here.
Yes we need to clean up our house (Wash DC and the corporate boardrooms in Dallas and Detroit to name two) and get energy self sufficiency for this country STARTED.
Yes, started, it has never even got off the ground since the 70s. We (the public) let the Fat Cats in Washington lead us down some primrose path all the while telling us everything will be OK. Well the situation has only gotten worse.
NO ONE can be trusted to serve their constituents interests once they have been re-elected. Most start out with good intentions, but few, if any, are able to hold on to that dream into their second term.
So I say NO second terms for ANYONE. You get elected, you serve, you get out. President, Senator, what have you. If you were any good then you can run again AFTER you sit out two years from any federal elected office. And if you truly were any good, then the public might elect you again to serve them.
Lobbyists are all in the unemployment line, there would be no lobbying allowed.
Campaigning can not start until January of the election year. Those who are in office will not need to campaign because they can't be re-elected so they can concentrate on passing a budget or doing all the things they should be during the year.
All these breaks for Congress are out too. They are a hold over from the horse and buggy days before the telephone and modern transportation came about. They needed two week breaks to travel back home to confer with their constituents. Not necessary now and a total waste of tax dollars. You get the same federal holidays that we all get.
The electoral college gets the axe too for the same reason. You get elected by counting the popular vote.
"None of the Above" should be a choice on all ballots at every government level. If "None of the Above" captures more votes than any of the candidates then the election must be held over with all new candidates.
Detroit: I don't feel sorry for you one bit. You had 30 years to wake up and give us better gas mileage, hybrid vehicles, etc. But what did you do you just sat back and raked in the cash on whatever vehicle you could crank out that had the highest profit margin. And I remember those words being spoken years ago when the SUVs and PUs started to take over the sales floor. FORD said that the profit margin was so high on a pickup truck and what they could mark up options on PUs now that the general population was interested that they were going to push truck sales. So we ended up with every other soccer moms in F-250s or Tahoes; dragging around 3 tons of steel when they only needed 1.5 or 2 for a mid-size car or the current crop on smaller SUVs. Detroit could have given us 25 MPG vehicles years ago, but that would cost money to invest in R&D and to retool. And besides, every time they were our on the golf course they had their oil baron buddies (like Mr. Pickens) begging them not to.
The Pickens plan is only part of the solution to energy freedom for our country. We need to develop all the new and green sources that we can where they are economically viable. Solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, bio-fuels, these should all play a part. It will cost tram and money to develop these alternative energy sources. The get the most bang for our buck we should be insisting that all the technology developed to create these alternative energy sources be produced here in the US. I mentioned the other day about the 30 new nuclear plants that are in the various stages of planning and that they would bring jobs to those areas. They will be construction jobs and then the plant employees who will operate and maintain them. For todays' nukes that averages out to about 800 permanent jobs per unit, and a few thousand jobs during the construction and startup phases.
No matter who gets in the White House on sits on capital hill we need to make sue they make this country's energy Independence a top priority.