(Go sign that petition to put the government’s purchasing power behind renewable energy! And you can find Charlie on the Calitics ActBlue page. – promoted by Brian Leubitz)
Hey everyone! I just wanted to take some time to update you on what’s happening out here in CA 04.
As you may know, Charlie Brown has just released his energy plan, and launched a petition to get the federal government (also the world’s largest energy consumer) to put its purchasing power behind alternative energy.
More below the flip.
Charlie Brown for Congress
One of the things that drove me to enter politics was frustration with a status quo that’s been pushing our nation further and further off course.
The fact is that many of the problems we’re facing today-on healthcare, education, immigration, veterans aftercare, and energy–aren’t new, and far too many are getting worse because of gridlock in Washington.
Ultimately, partisan politics has not resolved the economic hardships confronting families across our nation, and it won’t alleviate the concerns I hear from people of every political persuasion in this campaign.
It’s why we’ve decided not to wait to make a difference by donating 5% of the funds we raise to local veterans service providers, and asking you to help us identify and choose the beneficiaries.
It’s also why just this past week, we put forward a comprehensive strategy to help lower gas prices, jump start our economy, and move America towards Energy Independence.
READ THE RELEASE HERE
READ THE PLAN HERE
DEMAND ACTION FROM WASHINGTON-SIGN THE PETITION HERE
Our plan is not a sound-byte driven band aid. It includes short term actions designed to give families relief at the pump, increase domestic supply of traditional fuels, and show OPEC that America is serious about changing the way we power our nation. Ultimately, facts are stubborn things and much as we’d like to, we simply cannot drill our way out of this problem.
That’s why I’m calling for the world’s largest energy consumer-the U.S. Government-to lead by example and spend the $14.5 billion it already devotes to energy costs each year on domestic alternatives over the next seven years.
And I’m asking you to stand with me.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION
With energy costs hurting families and our economy, it is unconscionable to think that we import more foreign oil and refined gasoline today than we did before 9/11. It is equally troubling to see our government spending our hard earned tax dollars lining the pockets of special interests and foreign governments, when it could be invested in a new energy economy that creates thousands of new jobs here in America.
Innovation has always been the hallmark of our nation. And I believe it is the key to seizing our single greatest economic opportunity since the industrial revolution if we are prepared to act.
TAKE ACTION NOW-CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION
One thing you learn over 26 years in the military is that solving problems is not about being a Democrat or a Republican. It’s about the willingness to take action.
From county fairs, to house parties, phone banks, and precinct walks, we are doing just that, and taking our message of change to the streets of district four.
So with 96 days left until election day, we are not going to let up an inch. The stakes are simply too high. And there are many ways you can help at this critical time:
Volunteer to Walk a Precinct or Phone Bank
Write a Letter to The Editor
I am grateful for your continued support, and look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail very soon.
Charlie Brown, Lt. Col. USAF Ret.
P.S. Stand with us and stand for Energy Independence! Read the plan and sign the petition to put our tax dollars at work to jumpstart a new energy economy for America!
A Comprehensive Plan For Energy Independence And Lowering Gas Prices
By: Charlie Brown, Lt. Col. USAF Ret., 7/22/08
BROWN CALLS FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO GO ENERGY INDEPENDENT, JUMPSTART RENEWABLE ENERGY MARKET AND REDUCE COSTS FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES
For years politicians have passed the buck on hard choices we needed to make about our energy future—-and today, we are all paying the price.
For years, they refused to raise fuel economy standards because the special interests were too strong. Now, American car companies that were once the hallmark of American innovation are on the verge of going out of business. General Motors’ stock recently closed at its lowest price since 1954.
For years, instead of investing in a clean energy future, career politicians gave tax breaks to oil companies. Today, those same companies are reaping record profits, while we’re paying $4.00 – $5.00 for a gallon of gasoline. Worst of all, we are importing more oil from the same countries that serve as fertile recruitment ground for Al Qaeda today, than we did on 9/11.
The politicians got it wrong-way wrong.
Any patriotic American would drill for oil on the White House lawn if it would solve our energy problems. But the hard truth is that we can’t drill our way out of this problem.
Nearly 80% of the land that is currently being leased by oil companies for drilling in the U.S. is not being used for this purpose. All of the world’s existing drill ships are booked solid for the next five years. The cost of new ships, most of which are made in Asia, has increased from $100 million per ship to almost $500 million per ship.
Workers with the specialized skills needed to expand domestic exploration are in short supply. Industry experts estimate it will take between 7,000 – 8,000 new workers just to fill the jobs on all the rigs already coming on line in the next two years.
Further complicating matters, we have not built a new refinery in the U.S. since 1976 and continue to import more and more refined gas. Our refining capacity in 2020 will be only 100,000 more barrels per day than it was in 1981. What good is it to produce more crude oil if we can’t refine it into gasoline?
The Bush Energy Department has said even if ANWR turned up massive amounts of crude, the net affect on U.S. Gas Prices would be $.01. In addition, a 2007 Department of Energy study found that access to coastal energy deposits would not add to domestic crude oil and natural gas production before 2030 and that the impact on prices would be “insignificant.”
The bottom line is that there is no easy solution that will provide immediate relief to our families from rising energy costs. The facts are clear. We use 25% of the world’s produced oil but hold only 3% of the world’s reserves.
And while this might all seem like bad news, there is a silver lining.
The current energy crisis provides us with the single greatest economic opportunity this country has seen since the industrial revolution if we are prepared to act. If we are prepared to overcome this challenge the way we have so many before—with a comprehensive solution that increases domestic energy supply, puts speculators and OPEC countries on notice that America is serious about energy independence, and invests in good old fashioned American innovation and know how.
That’s why I am calling for a $100 billion, 7 year “Apollo” project to move the U.S. Government towards energy independence, and to jump-start the entire renewable energy market and economy in America.
The U.S. Government is the largest landholder and consumer of energy in the world. It holds more than 1.2 million property assets and spends over $14.5 billion per year on energy consumption.
Every year the Federal Government buys over 60,000 automobiles – not including military vehicles – and maintains over 3.3 billion square feet of office space. Yet, the Federal Government must obtain only 7.5% of its electrical energy from renewable sources by 2013 and it’s only mandated to reduce fuel consumption by 2% annually.
An Apollo program like I am proposing needn’t involve any new government spending. Simply, we need to put the $14.5 billion worth of purchasing power that the world’s largest energy consumer is already spending on oil behind renewable and alternative energy—including wind, solar, bio-fuels, hydrogen, and nuclear power. The technologies already exist to free our nation from its economically unhealthy dependence on foreign oil, but the challenge is creating enough economies of scale to make renewable energy competitively priced.
But beyond the short term affect on oil prices for everyday consumers, America’s $100 billion Apollo Program will also help drive down the price of existing technologies like solar and wind power to the point that the other sectors of the economy would follow. It’s important to remember that federal investment in technology has already served as the launching pad for many green technologies, including photovoltaic cells that were developed in their current form by the US space program.
We’ve even seen the military already moving in the direction of alternative fuels. Last year, the Air Force announced plans to certify its entire fleet of bombers, fighters, transports and other aircraft to run on alternative fuels by 2011. The Air Force has also installed the North America’s largest array of Solar Panels at Nellis Air Force Base.
And just recently, T. Boone Pickens, a Texas oil billionaire and conservative Republican – who is no preacher for Global Warming – announced plans to build the world’s largest wind farm in Texas in an attempt to produce 20% of America’s energy needs from wind power. Pickens has said publicly that he’s not in this because he’s “going green,” he’s in it because he sees the limitless economic opportunities of alternative energy. In his announcement, Pickens summed up the case, “Our dependence on imported oil is killing our economy. It is the single biggest problem facing America today. We are going to have to do something different in America. You can’t keep paying out $600 billion a year for oil.”
Finally, announcing that the United States is moving federal investment away from foreign oil would send a powerful message to OPEC regarding America’s willingness to move in a new energy direction—causing oil prices to decline in response to an anticipated drop in demand from the world’s largest energy consumer.
This phenomenon is not without precedent. Just last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake’s comments about dropping demand from U.S. consumers due to limited purchasing power yielded a $6 dollar drop in the price of oil. Similarly, President George H.W. Bush’s announcement that America was tapping its Strategic Petroleum Reserve prior to the first Gulf War yielded a 33% drop in oil prices.
Ultimately, energy independence is not a Democrat or Republican issue – it’s an American issue. It’s about our willingness to finally solve a problem that threatens our economy and our security, while creating good, high-paying jobs for our children, restoring the competitive edge of American businesses, and the purchasing power of American consumers.
The Brown 6 Point Comprehensive Energy Plan:
1. A $100 billion “Apollo” project to move the Federal Government towards energy independence in the next seven years, jump-start the entire renewable energy market and economy in America, and to demonstrate to Oil Speculators and OPEC nations alike that America is committed to moving in a new energy direction.
2. The Federal Government should immediately open the strategic petroleum reserves to increase the supply of oil on the market and provide relief for American families from skyrocketing gas prices.
3. Build additional refineries to increase America’s capacity to produce gasoline, and to reduce our dependence on imported gasoline.
4. Drill on the 80% of federal land that is leased for drilling but currently not being used as a means of further increasing traditional energy supply here in America.
5. Close tax loopholes for oil companies and use that $18 billion to increase and make permanent tax incentives for research and development in renewable energy so companies can have the financial incentive and certainty to plan and undertake the advanced research that will drive our new energy economy.
6. Increase the federal tax credit for consumers, business or personal, for investment in renewable energy products (such as solar panels for home energy or hybrid vehicles) to $5,000— encouraging broad public investment in America’s energy independence.