Monday, May 14, 2012

10 Year Energy Plans from Gore,T Boone Pickens, and Richard Branson:


10 Year Energy Plans from Gore,T Boone Pickens, and Richard Branson: I am glad someone is stepping up but have to wonder where will we be in 10 Years? Well! That was 3 years ago and now we know part of the answer becauase of inaction. Why have we not heard of these plans? Why has nothing been done? Where will we be in 7 more years?

In a nutshell while our Political idiots continue to nothing as they all accuse the other side of failure while once again refusing to come together and do the right thing for the Nation and the world. I am glad to see such influential people step up and try to resolve ours and the worlds energy needs while we still stand a chance at a future.

Three influential people have stepped forward "and 3 years ago" with money and plans that at least give us a little hope, something we all drastically need today. Richard Branson was first almost 5 years ago when amongst other things we heard this! Commenting on an announcement by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group of a 10-year, three billion dollar commitment to renewable energy initiatives, Friends of the Earth's head of campaigns, Mike Childs, said:

"As one of the top business leaders it's welcome that Richard Branson has recognized the urgent need to tackle climate change. Whilst his investment in bio-fuels is welcome, this can only be a small part of the solution, and must not distract from the need to cut emissions. Bio fuels can provide a greener alternative to oil based fuels, but this is only true if they are produced sustainably and don't interfere with food production and biodiversity protection. Richard Branson's train business will be an important part of the future, encouraging people to take the train instead of flying, but the fast growth in air flights can not be maintained without causing climatic disaster. Just one of Branson's proposals

Finally someone from our Nation that can help has also stepped forward with a doable 10 year plan! Al Gore: Al Gore is challenging the United States to produce all of its electricity through wind power, solar power and other environmentally friendly sources within 10 years. Gore said the transition would not only help resolve America's current energy and economic problems, but would also improve U.S. national security by reducing dependence on foreign oil. VOA Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Washington. Al Gore received a rock star welcome at an energy conference in Washington, where he issued a challenge to the country.

"So today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean, carbon-free sources within 10 years," he said. Called an alarmist by some critics, Gore has made global climate change his signature issue, and his efforts won him a Nobel Prize. He admitted that weaning Americans off fossil fuels would require placing a carbon tax on burning oil and coal, which his plan would offset with a reduction in payroll taxes. But Gore said soaring gasoline prices and the current economic turmoil have created a new political environment where Americans are hungry for change.

"I do not remember a time in our country when so many things seem to be going so wrong simultaneously," he said. "Our economy is in terrible shape and getting worse, people are hurting. Gasoline prices are increasing dramatically and so are electricity rates. Jobs are being outsourced, home mortgages are in trouble. Banks, automobile companies, other institutions we depend upon are under growing pressure."

Gore called on all Americans to pull together, citing the kind of national effort that made it possible for Neil Armstrong to walk on the moon just eight years after former President John F. Kennedy issued that challenge. He said both presidential candidates, his fellow Democrat Barack Obama and the presumptive Republican nominee John McCain are way ahead of most politicians in the fight against global climate change. But Gore did criticize President Bush's proposal to resume offshore oil drilling as a way to address the current energy crisis. "It is only a truly dysfunctional system that would buy into the perverse logic that the short-term answer to high gasoline prices is drilling for oil 10 years from now in areas that should be protected," he said. Amen Al Gore

In response to this T Boone Pickens responded to Al Gore's Generational Challenge to Repower America speech, saying he and the former vice president "have two different objectives and our plans should be viewed with that in mind." Last week, the billionaire discussed the Pickens plan he hopes will reduce foreign oil imports by more than 30% in the next 5 to 10 years. In a release issued through BP Capital, Pickens said Gore "put forward a framework of a plan that is focused on global warming and climate issues. My plan is aimed squarely at breaking the stranglehold that foreign oil has on our country and the $700 billion annual impact it has on our economy. ... Vice President Gore's plan does not address this enormous problem.

In a speech at a Washington energy conference, Gore called for the U.S. to produce all of its electricity from renewable energy and carbon-free sources within 10 years. Pickens unveiled a plan that involves using wind to supplant natural gas, which could then be used towards transportation. "It's time for us to take responsibility for the problem we've created and act now," Pickens said. "The Federal Government should provide the leadership to clear the way for action and private enterprise should build the infrastructure to get it done. Only in that way can we recapture our energy destiny. Pickens Says He And Gore Have Different Objectives


* We all know how one sided my way or nothing Partisan bickering resulting in absolutely nothing getting done is destroying us and the world. It is a breath of fresh air to see 3 distinguished fellows step forward with money and positive ideas. That they differ is a plus as we see from Politics there is no one idea but a melding of many will get us out of this. I am afraid we still have to hope our Governments will realize this and cooperate with "we the people" If we are to be saved it will come from us!



James Joiner
Gardner Ma
http://anaverageamericanpatriot.blogspot.com

4 comments:

Ranch Chimp said...

Mornin Jim and Thanx for the read and link. I done a recent posting in my "Global Warming" series on something like "just how green are we going and how poor will we become doing so?" (similar wording. My point was that frankly not nearly halfway enough is being done to also update regulation's on the drilling, etc, and despite US now exporting more oil than ever before and production as well as the Saudi's in full gear, because of the spec's market, the price's still remain steep, no shit man ... and you know it. And I'm not trying to put oil companies out of business at all Jim (as they claim folk's like me are doing by bitching) all I wanted to see is alot tighter regulatory and safety measure's done, more enviromental consideration across the board, incentive's for those investor's to divert investment's into green tech's etc ... frankly Jim ... again ... the goddamn corrupt money lobby is just knee deep right now in Washington and we are not even able to get proper FDA uupdate's and consumer protection's for that matter, I also feel like government's should regulate petrol price's like Mexico does too ... but then I'm called a socialist. I can tell you that if the Republican's also dominated any more of Washington than they currently do ... it will even get more f'd up.

Later Jim

Ranch Chimp said...

They have also done everything they could to try to make Gore look like a lunatic in the right media's, by hiring what I call "rent- a- scientist's" to try to say Global Warming is bunk, even Bush (last Bush) went so far with his administration to change the term to "climate change" and all the other little slithering step's they take with their money. Yet Jim ... I have wrote time and again ... this is the future of energy investment's ... but none of them want to invest enough as a pack, because not of greed, but "extreme" greed ... the point is, they still make mega profit's, and divert investment and trade, they are so full mof shit Jim, it aint funny, and sadly many American's still sop it up, thinking that if we tax or get tighter on regulation's, the petrol giant's will go out of business, and we will all have to live in mud hut's and ride bicycle's, etc, etc ... and all job's will cease to exist ... it's such a propaganda mush= mush ... and frankly eough average American's dont understand "business" to see it's all bullshit.

an average patriot said...

You're entirely right! Nothing at all is being done except very slight window dressing and that is how the controlling energy companies want it.

It really peeves you, it is the same thing as in the Government, when you in your searches hit the truth and speak it you are dismissed as a conspiracy theorist while the real conspiracy simply continues.

We are so fucked because we live a total controlled lie and are powerless to change this destructive course at least as ir currently appears.

Demeur said...

What a load of poop. You think T Boone has our best interests at heart? Think again. His plan was to put wind farms from Canada to Mexico in the midwest. His only requirement for doing so was to have all the water rights along that stretch of real estate. Aside from that little known fact the oil companies went after him in a big way. His big plan was announced when oil was headed for $140 a barrel. When the price dropped so did his plan as he is heavily invested in oil.

"Our oil" is not ours at all but is sold on the open market to the highest bidder. No I'm beginning to think that the solution rests in our own hands by producing our own power. It will be costly at first but the savings in the long run should make up the difference. There's a lot of new technology headed our way and like CFLs they are expensive at first.