Posted September 22, 2003
Energy Policy and Iraq.
President Bush proclaims an old, dirty coal fired power plant
in Michigan as a 'clear direction for energy production in this
Lauds Mich. Power Plant As Model of Clean Air Policy (Washington
Meanwhile, on the same day that retired general Wesley Clark
declares himself a candidate for president, Mr. Bush proclaims,
"We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the
September 11th attacks." Bush
Disavows Hussein-Sept. 11 Link (Washington Post) (Recall
that the retired general had publicly stated that on 9/11 he
received a call from the White House advising him to link the
attacks that day with Saddam Hussein.)
Interestingly I originally had a link to the Bush 9/11 story
going to Foxnews.com however Fox took it down and a subsequent
search reveals nada.
does it all mean? As the "Solar Power Candidate" please
allow me to connect the dots. Let's see, there appears to be
87 billion of them, and they are all heading down the
But what an opportunity for a governor of California. How
could Senor Davis miss such a golden moment to lead California
out of the darkness, and into the light by massively investing
in solar electric panels (photovoltaics), and placing them on
all appropriate government buildings? And in turn aspire to
the presidency as the boldest leader this nation has seen in
But don't take it from me, a simple denture technician.....
instead here are some Excerpts, below, from James Rannels, Director,
Office of Solar Energy Technologies: Culled from the introduction
to The National Photovoltaics Plan 2000-2004. (Click on the
link to see the .pdf NationalPhotovoltaicsPlan2000-2004)
Excerpts from James Rannels (quiet please.)
"In the PV (photovoltaics) community there is a sense of excitement
and challenge -- the same feeling members of the Apollo program
must have felt at the start of the moon race......The challenge
we face in this century is to enable PV to go as far as any
other energy technology here on Earth by making the scientific
and technological advances that will put PV on every rooftop
and in every corner of the globe."
"When John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to put a man on
the moon within a decade, the scientists who would lead the
effort had little more than a mission from their President to
guide them.......Out mission is also bold and inspiring -- to
offer the world a cost-effective, reliable technology that turns
sunlight into energy with no pollution, wherever it is needed."
"As the century rolls on, we will see PV systems grace millions
of America homes. We'll see a proliferation of PV systems built
onto the rooftops of factories and businesses, or integrated
directly into the skin of houses, skyscrapers, and commercial
buildings to provide supplemental or stand-alone power. And
we'll see the emergence of "PV" farms that range in size from
a few acres to square miles of PV systems, to provide electricity
for entire communities or for entire regions of the nation."
"We'll also witness the growing impact that PV will have in
developing countries, home to the 40 percent of the world's
population that has no access to electricity. Modules on the
rooftops of houses and huts will provide power for pumping for
drinking and irrigation. Moderate-size systems will supply entire
villages with power to run lights, communication, and small
industry, and will supply health clinics with power for operations
and for refrigerating medicines. Photovoltaics and satellite
communications will open remote villages to world commerce,
education, and virtual medicine. All of this will happen without
building power lines or telephone poles."
So what's the holdup? The National Photovoltaics Program Plan
2000-2004 was published in 1999. Clearly we are not realizing
our solar power potential because our government refuses to
invest the money necessary to accelerate to the next level.
Meanwhile Japan and Germany are pulling ahead, and once again,
just like 30 years ago, after the infamous OPEC oil embargo,
the U.S. will be pulling up the rear.
September 9, 2003
The following statement
from Ivan Hall is in answer to a question presented by www.glovesoff.org
on-line candidates forum.
The question: Could
each of you (briefly) give your interpretation of the underlying
causes of California's economic crisis and explain how your
campaign is seen as a response to the crisis?
the nation's economy, and indeed the world's economy, in my
view, all suffer from a common ailment: Stagnation.
The discovery, and
integration of oil into the economy accelerated world wide economic
growth. However, the advent of the oil economy hastened the
end of traditional decentralized economies. Consequently, over
the past 100 years money and power have once again become highly
The base for the
existing power struggle is largely centered around the oil producing
countries in the middle east. As third world economies attempt
to gain momentum thru the shift in manufacturing to them, from
first world economies, world wide demand for oil increases.
Meanwhile the U.S. continues to massively build up its fixed
military assets in the middle east, e.g. in Qatar, Kuwait, and
Iraq in order to convince ourselves that "we are in control
of the oil supply."
We are truly at
a critical juncture in human history. Will we continue the inexorable
march towards more war, calamity, and chaos, or will Californians
seize this unique opportunity in history, to vote into office
the one candidate who first, and foremost preaches the need
for California to massively invest in renewable energy, specifically,
The fossil fuel/
nuclear power pathway is ultimately a dead end street. Nonetheless,
the energy conglomerates continue to invest heavily in extracting
a resource from the bowels of the Earth, combusting it, and
then spewing the harmful chemical constituents into the air
for all life to breathe.
Meanwhile, the nascent
solar and wind turbine industries set poised, bearing forth
after 30 years of technological development, with the most advanced
mechanisms ever available to human society, in capturing renewable
energy from the sun and wind.
It is time to start
the fire. It is time for humanity to rise up and demand government's
massive infrastructure investment in solar, and wind power.
California is the key. We can seize this moment to direct tax
money away from purchasing fossil fuel power negotiated at rip
off rates during the height of our power crisis, and instead,
invest heavily in solar power.
Consider, that essentially
every new industry that comes into existence is dependent upon
government first massively investing, in the infrastructure
needed, to facilitate that industry's existence.
For example, without
government's investment in roads, and highways, there would
not be modern automobile, oil, and steel industries. Without
government's investment in building and operating airports,
there would not be airlines, and airplane manufacturing industries.
Without government's investment in dredging harbors and building
modern seaports there would not be a modern shipping industry,
nor the capacity for worldwide economic trade at today's massive
is the crucial foundation at seemingly every turn, that facilitated
the transformation of society from steam and coal towards oil.
Thus it is logical,
and necessary that California once again take charge, and lead
the United States in a massive program of solarizing our economy.
The first step is a multi-billion dollar investment to place
solar panels, and other modern solar collector technology on
all appropriate government buildings. This massive purchase
order will dramatically reduce the cost for existing solar technology.
The ramifications are prescient.
And as we near the
30 year anniversary of the OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia, oil embargo
of 1973-4.......we must unite across all political spectrums,
to defeat the hugely entrenched special interests of the oil
conglomerates, in order to democratically, and dramatically
move forward in a bold new direction, which will do more to
benefit the needs of humanity of all income classes than any
one single ideology.
Thank you for the
opportunity to share.
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