Please consider putting some of the 93 million dollars that you got from selling Current TV and find a small town or energy co-op and buy one of their Coal fired power plants, then convert it to burn Hydrogen.
You're right to point out that Coal emissions are the main contributors to climate changing gases.
But instead of only educating people about the dangers of Coal emissions and protesting at Coal power plants, you could show the entire world we could convert all dirty power plants into zero emission ones.
Converting a power plant would be more powerful way to convince the world to stop using coal because you could show everyone that we don't need to use coal anymore, or need to destroy mountains and rivers to mine for coal, or pollute fish with mercury, or it burn it and give our children asthma, or have huge lagoons of coal ash.
All you would have to do is change the burners and the fuel and keep the existing turbines. Which would be cheaper, quicker, and easier than building an all new power plant.
You could also set up partnerships with local farmers to put up solar and wind and use them to electrolyze water to generate the Hydrogen for the power plant. Then ship the Hydrogen to the plant with trucks or via pipelines.
You could also get the town to get some of the hydrogen from their water treatment plant. Because you can electrolyze even polluted water to get Hydrogen and when you burn it, it turns into clean water vapor. So the now clean power plant could also be generating fresh water for the town as well, if you captured and condensed the steam.
Why Hydrogen? Because it can be burned and stores the energy from Solar and Wind and is a consistent fuel instead of the inconsistent electricity from Solar and Wind.
Also by converting a power plant and you would be more effective in reducing emissions than focusing on the efficient use of Coal and Oil, or on microscopic changes like changing light bulbs that are still powered by Coal.
Because this power plant would make an entire town 100% zero emission. That's every light bulb in town, as well as all appliances, buildings, businesses, and the municipal government, not just a few light bulbs in homes.
If you made this conversion it would lead to a new industry that creates jobs converting power plants all over the world and manufactures the hydrogen burners and hydrogen gas tanks and Hydrogen pipelines.
Please hear me and act on this idea Al.
And please read the copy of my book, Ideas to Save the Planet, that I sent you and contact me.
We could be working together and helping each other to be more powerful in this important work to save humanity and our planet.
It's also not because they're paying their employees too much. I've worked in mail rooms and have dropped off mail at the end of the day to the back docks of post offices and personally seen how hard they work to process mail. I also have talked to many postal workers and told them how much I appreciate their efforts and support the Postal Service, because Congress and Republicans are treating them so poorly and actively trying to destroy their jobs and their Union with this legislation. Also one of them told me that he has been made to work 6 days a week for the past 6 months and had to work late into the night when he couldn't even see the addresses in the dark. So Postal workers work very hard and deserve to be paid well.
Also another misconception is that the US Postal Service is a drain on tax payers, when it's not tax payer funded.
We need to rescind that 2006 legislation and use the 1.5 Billion dollar surplus to modernize postal system, because even if people use email and pay bills online, we and businesses still need to ship physical items as well as support an institution that has served us well for over 200 years.
My solution is for us to put solar panels, wind generators, and hydrogen fuel cells on every US Post Office facility and convert all ground delivery vehicles and air planes to burn hydrogen.
Because if we did it would eliminate the energy costs that we are spending every year and thus save million and billions over time and make them more competitive.
Each office could be totally energy independent and never have a blackout because they would have a triple back of solar, wind, and a hydrogen fuel cell when there's no wind or sun. They could also generate their own hydrogen gas for their back up hydrogen fuel cell generators and delivery vehicles with solar, wind, and water.
Also hydrogen burning cars only have water vapor as their emission and they burn up the pollution that is already in the air as it goes through the engine, and thus clean the air everywhere they go. So they could be saving the planet and saving the cost of paying for gasoline.
Rural areas need their Post offices and the Postmen and women have to drive long distances to make deliveries. Converting their vehicles to burn hydrogen helps them to stay open, to get to where they're needed, and helps to save the planet.
They could be setting up solar and wind and be electrolyzing water to generate hydrogen at each air port to fuel their hydrogen burning planes.
We all need to make this conversion in order to survive and thrive, The US Postal Service could be leading the way in to a better and brighter future. If we made these changes it would not only save our postal service but it would also be an example to all Americans that their government can take positive action and it would be a daily example to our communities that everyone can live this way too. It would also jump start the manufacturing of these technologies and revolutionized all postal delivery and air travel. It would turn it all around from being a system that is failing into one that is thriving and being a role model to other countries and would help to get them to convert their postal systems as well.
Please help me to get the word out about this idea and help me save the US Postal Service and the planet by making it 100% zero emission and energy independent.
In my book I honor and appreciate Al Gore for his long commitment to educate the world about Climate Change and he is on my list of Heroes for the Planet. Al's movie An Inconvenient Truth, books, and his latest 24 hours of The Climate Reality Project were important contributions to the debate and have helped to wake up the world to the climate crisis.
But Al is not being as powerful as he could be or needs to be in his work, or as I am.
I support Al Gore and have sent him several letters during the past 12 years, which make up my chapter, My Invitations to Be More Powerful to Al Gore. I've also sent Al a copy of my book to communicate to him the ideas I'm seeing and my helpful suggestions, but unfortunately he has yet to respond to or act on any of them.
I'm trying to make Al more powerful and effective in his work because we all need him to be more successful in saving the planet.
Al is doing a great job of speaking powerfully about the problem of Climate Change, but he is not spending enough time on or being specific enough about the solutions to it.
In my book I take Al and the scientists at their word and believe what they're saying, but am focusing on what we can do about it.
I'm telling the world about gas cars that are converted to burn 100% hydrogen which clean the air as they drive, which have already existed for 91 years, and am advocating for converting all cars, trucks, and boats on the entire planet.
I also advocate for converting all coal fired power plants to burn hydrogen and thus making all grids 100% zero emission, and I have proof that it's possible on this website.
He could be using his fame and money and be showing the world by example by living a 100% zero emission life by powering all his homes and ranch with solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel cells. All his cars could be burning hydrogen. He could have pulled up to the Oscars and the Nobel Prize in a hydrogen burning Limo. The stage presentation in An Inconvenient Truth and the one tonight in The Climate Realty Project could have been powered by solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel cells.
He could have had a hydrogen burning car on the stage with him tonight, which he could have told the world about how it works, started it up, and would have been cleaning the air in the room the entire time he was speaking!
All of which would have made his work more powerful, because he would have not only pointed out the outrages and problems, but also demonstrated the solutions to the problems of climate change.
Tonight Al only mentioned solutions during the last 10 minutes of his 1 hour show and only mentioned solar and wind, which demonstrated my point, of his focusing 80/20 on the problem and 20/80 on the solutions.
He did the same thing in An Inconvenient Truth were he only gave the solutions 15 minutes and in the credits, when many people would have already walked out.
I am speaking more powerfully than Al Gore because unlike Al and most of the Green community, I'm talking about fully saving the planet by saying the word, "Eliminate" and not just "Reduce" pollution.
I'm saying Zero Emissions and not Carbon Neutral.
I'm talking about ending climate change and not just educating people about it or mitigating it's effects.
I'm being specific about how everyone can use the technologies that can get us to a zero emission and energy independent planet.
Also I have ideas for a TV show that goes around converting entire homes to solar, wind and hydrogen, and another show that converts entire small towns.
My idea for a movie is, A Zero Emission Energy Independent Planet, that shows the world how we can save the planet and shows everyone what saving it could look like.
(Al Gore could also be powering the studios, offices, and broadcast of his Current TV channel, with solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel cells, and be doing shows about and advocating for these technologies, as well as doing my 2 TV shows.)
Al is not saying or doing all that. He won't even say the word "hydrogen" much less advocate that everyone use it, or advocate for all those solutions, even though I have written him about them and sent him a copy of my book. In fact Al has stupidly advocated for nuclear energy instead of hydrogen.
Al also is not talking about everyone getting their water from the oceans that are rising all around every nation to fuel the zero emission hydrogen economy and to end hunger, thirst, and droughts, as I am.
For instance tonight Al pointed out that Texas is having fires from droughts, but didn't mention that there is unlimited water right there in the Gulf of Mexico, which we could be desalinating and using to end those droughts and put out the fires.
Same thing with the droughts in Somalia. No one ever points out that there is an ocean of water right next to them. Just look at the map, its right over there!
Al is right about the science and the facts, and he is right about trying to convince people and mobilize the world to take action to combat climate change, but all that is not enough.
As I say in my book, we not only have to point out the outrages, we have to say the next sentence and advocate for the solutions to the outrage, or we're just going to be perpetually outraged.
I'm also saying that it's how you implement that beautiful intention to do something that is the main issue, and it's the direction your working towards.
Al is right to say that we have to take action now, but he's not being specific or powerful enough in what we should do.
Once you're convinced and want to take action, do you only make baby-steps? and where are you baby-stepping to?
Do you just change your light bulb, that is still powered by coal? or do you go all the way and convert your entire house to 100% zero emission solar, wind, and hydrogen?
We can and we must go all the way and fully save the planet, and Al Gore could be talking and living more powerfully as he is trying to mobilize the world.
Please help me in my work to get the world to go all the way and Go Clear, and join me in making saving the planet a personal priority by taking The I'm On it! Pledge.
Also please buy my book and read my chapter about all the ways I've tried to make Al Gore more powerful and help me to convince him to implement my wisdom.
Because as I say in my book, "Al, the future survival of the planet and humanity depends on you speaking and acting more powerfully."
I've been researching Hydrogen for 12 years and I found out that you can burn hydrogen gas and it only has water vapor as it's emission. NASA has been burning liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as rocket fuel to get into space, for over 50 years. The Sun has been fueled by hydrogen for 4.5 billion years. Hydrogen is also the most abundant element in the universe and on this planet, in water.
So all life in this planet has been dependent on hydrogen, and I think that we should follow the universe's example by using the abundant energy that is all around us.
(Also we can produce hydrogen cleanly with electricity from solar, wind, and water, without using coal, oil, natural gas, or nuclear.)
So I made the connection that we could be burning hydrogen to cook or melt stuff, and to generate electricity with zero emissions.
Then I found out that it's already happening. There are already stoves, fake fire places, kilns, and hot water heaters being converted to burn hydrogen.
In my book and in my chapter, Burning Hydrogen, Instead of Oil, Coal, or Natural Gas, I am advocating for converting all pottery and brick kilns, water heaters, heaters, and factories to burn hydrogen.
(Also hydrogen fuel cells can power electric pottery kilns and electric steel and aluminum smelters.)
Many of these ideas are starting to manifest and here are some videos I found on Youtube that either demonstrate that these ideas are already happening or prove that they could be done if we apply existing technology into different applications.
I found out the all cars can be converted to burn 100% hydrogen gas and they clean the air as they drive, by burning up existing pollution as it goes through the Hydrogen flame in the engine. Here are 2 videos of Roy McAlister the President of the American Hydrogen Association, who has been converting cars to hydrogen for 45 years, driving one.
Burning hydrogen can take recycling to the next level. Because all recycling centers could be powered by solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel cells. Also the trucks that picks up the stuff could be converted to burn hydrogen and be cleaning the air everywhere they go, so could the trucks that take the sorted recycling stuff to the factories, and the factories could be powered by solar, wind, and hydrogen. Factories could all be burning hydrogen to melt all the cans, glass, and plastic. And the trucks that take the new products to the store could be burning hydrogen and be cleaning the air everywhere they go. Thus making the entire recycling process 100% zero emission and energy independent.
I also found out that hydrogen and oxygen can be used in blow torches and welders and they are very hot and also zero emission. So we could be using these torches to replace other polluting torches, and to recycle and cut up things like building girders, train track, old cars, and re-bar, as well as artillery guns, tanks, and nuclear bombs, when we finally decide turn our swords into plow shears.
I also occurred to me that we could be converting all existing coal and natural gas power plants to burn hydrogen, by just changing the burners and the fuel, which would be easier than taking the time and money to build all new power plants, and it would instantly make all grids 100% zero emission.
If we woke up to this possibility we also would no long need to waste billions on dangerous nuclear power plants, that take years to build, are expensive, produce deadly waste that lasts for millions of years and can be turned into nuclear weapons, and that are vulnerable to terrorism and natural disaster, like earthquakes, like what just happened in Japan where an earthquake a tsunami as caused a terrible accident.
This video is of a guy starting up the hydrogen/oxygen flames of a very large artificial gem kiln, which shows that we could be doing the same in power plants.
In the video below a guy is boiling some water with a hydrogen and oxygen flame and stove, which is what coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants do. They boil water and the steam turns turbines, which generate electricity, thus it proves that this idea is possible and safe.
We just have to make it a priority to convert all power plants, because a large percentage of the world's pollution comes from burning coal and natural gas still pollutes and is damaging to water aquifers with millions of gallons of toxic hydraulic fracturing fluids when they drill for it. Also when you convert cars and power plants to burn natural gas, its only a small step to convert them to burn hydrogen. If we converted all power plants to burn hydrogen all that pollution would be eliminated, not just reduced, and we could stop destroying mountains to mine coal, stop acid rain, stop destroying water aquifers, and the developing nations could develop without polluting.
Those are examples of my paying attention and thinking creatively about what's possible, and I'm glad to see that some of theses ideas are starting to manifest.
These videos also prove that you don't have to be an expert to make the connections that I'm making.
Additionally as you can see, none of these people were killed in hydrogen explosions and they prove that hydrogen can be used safely.
Please help me in spreading the word about these ideas and to implement them globally.
I have been advocating for Super Adobe homes for over 11 years and I plan to build one with the money I make from my book sales.
They are homes built from continuous sand bags filled with earth and cement, like logs of earth instead of logs of wood. They use 95% less wood and are earthquake, fire, wind, hail, flood, mold, and mildew resistant.
They have already passed the earthquake codes in California, and the machine that shook the test house, broke, but the house survived.
They are wind resistant because they don't have a wooden roof to blow off, and are fire resistant because there is almost nothing to burn in them and they will turn to brick before they burn down.
Even these homes would not totally resist a Tsunami like this one. But they are still a better way to live and to protect your family and the planet.
You can also build emergency shelters in your backyard using this method.
These homes may not look "traditional", but as I say in my chapter, Take The I'm On It! Pledge, do you want to be Traditional or do you want to Survive?
Super Adobe homes are a way to save forests and save lives, and that's why I'm advocating for them as an idea that can save humanity and the planet, and also because I believe that living in zero emission, energy independent, and disaster resistant homes is the true defense of every child, family, and nation.
Please check out this link and consider building your next home or shelter using Super Adobe.
My heart goes out to the people of Japan after the earthquake and tsunami.
I have been an advocate for the elimination of all nuclear energy power plants for many years.
I have a chapter in my book called, Universal Hydrogen, Solar, and Wind Instead of Universal Nuclear Bombs and End Nuclear Energy, where I point out that in 2007 Japan they nearly had a nuclear accident because a earthquake damaged a nuclear power plant there.
I've been saying in my book for years that people don't mobilize until things effect them personally. And now after this accident at least some people are finally waking up and realizing that nuclear energy is not safe and they are moving away from it. Germany has decided to stop using nuclear energy and Japan will shut down all their nuclear power plants this month, in May of 2012.
We don't need nuclear energy to save the planet, pollute or irradiate thousands of people and make land uninhabitable for years, or produce deadly waste that lasts for millions of years.
And I am proving it right now, on this website.
Please see my Burn Hydrogen, Instead of Coal, Oil, or Natural Gas page to see a video I found on YouTube of somebody boiling water with a hydrogen flame and stove. That's all nuclear power plants do, they boil water to generate steam which turn turbines which generate electricity.
Solar, Wind, Tidal, and Hydrogen are all energy abundant and zero emission. If we made it a priority to use them the entire planet could be zero emission and energy independent. I'm talking about every building being powered individually by Solar, Wind, and Hydrogen fuel cells. Because that is real energy independence, and because then we wouldn't need large scale power plants of any kind; coal, natural gas, or dam rivers for hydroelectric power, or need nuclear reactors and their accidents and waste, and we all could tear down every grid on earth and be free and Clear of all power companies. But until that happens all power grids could become zero emission by converting power plants to burn Hydrogen.
As I say in my book, Japan is surrounded by oceans of water, and thus unlimited Hydrogen and they could using the extra water of the rising oceans as a weapon against climate change by generating their own fuel, and powering their nation safely, without having nuclear accidents.
So could every nation on Earth.
In my book I also have a chapter call, My Invitation to Be More Powerful to Helen Caldicott, who is a hero of mine because she has been fighting nuclear weapons and energy for over 30 years. In it I suggest that Helen challenge the next nuclear waste jockey she debates to drink his own nuclear waste on live TV while she drinks the fresh water off the tail pipe of a hydrogen fuel cell. Because I think that people don't realize the consequences of their policies until it happens to them and because it would be a powerful demonstration of the difference between deadly nuclear waste and zero emission Hydrogen.
Helen's book, Nuclear Power is not the Answer, has much more detailed information about why nuclear technology is terrible for the planet and humanity.
Please join me, Helen Caldicott, and other activists, in working to end the use of all nuclear energy and nuclear weapons.
Then also advocate for the full and global conversion to Solar, Wind, and Hydrogen and work towards a zero emission planet and the energy independence of every nation.
The survival of this Planet and all of Humanity depends on it.
It's morally irresponsible to not mobilize to save the planet and the future of humanity, but it's also fiscally irresponsible not to spend whatever it takes to save it, because we will save trillions of dollars and revive every economy in doing so.
The real solution to our current economic problems is the same solution to our environmental problems.
If we mobilized like World War II to save the planet, by spending whatever it takes to create millions of jobs building zero emission technologies, (hydrogen, solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal) selling, installing, and maintaining them on every home, building, car, truck, boat, train and plane, in every nation... then everyone would have a job and more money, then they could spend more in the economy, which helps other businesses. Also every home and business would save thousands of dollars a year, every year, for forever, because they would no longer have to pay for heat, electricity, or fuel. Therefore every nation could be lifted out of poverty, and be thriving instead of scrounging.
After this latest economic crisis every nation and government are cutting their budgets and spending less, because they think that they need to balance their budgets, but that is unnecessary.
It is fiscally irresponsible to not spend whatever we need to in order to convert to a zero emission and energy independent planet, because it's the same amount of money that we're already spending and doing so would eventually save trillions.
Every nation spends billions on electricity, heating fuel, and on car fuel, every year, and we have spent trillions on wars for oil. If we spent some of that money up front, we and all future generations would never have to pay for energy again, which would save trillions over time. Also no one would be held hostage to other nations or energy corporations ever again.
It is unnecessary for governments to lay off state employees or to bust Unions like they did in Wisconsin, or drastically cut services in order to save money. Because they would save billions by converting every State owned building and vehicle, and get out the crisis in the first place by creating jobs that will save the planet that generate taxes and thus be healing their economies and communities, instead of tearing them apart.
Health care costs would also go down if hospitals, doctors offices, and clinics, as well as insurance offices and government agencies, didn't have to pay for heat and electricity.
There would also be more tax dollars available if the 18,000 people who die from air pollution every year, just in the US, lived and had a job, and paid taxes instead of being dead and paying no taxes.
Also no one can get rich if they're dead, or if their customers are dead, and what is the point of continuing to get rich, or worrying about debt, if there's no future?
The World War II generation did not say that saving the world, was "too expensive." They went into debt, mobilized, and did whatever it took to save it, which paid off because they survived, we got out of the depression, and we all have thrived economically.
We have spent $12 trillion nuclear weapons that can kill the entire planet in 30 minutes, and trillions more on weapons and other wars, because we thought it was in our true self defense.
If we are not willing to spend trillions to survive, the way we have spent trillions on wars, to kill each other, and on nuclear weapons that can kill all life on this planet... then we deserve to become extinct.
We have the money and all the technologies that can save us already exists, but somehow we just do not have the moral and political will to mobilize to use them to save ourselves.
We can and we must have the courage to Be Great Again and mobilize everyone to save this planet by ending climate change, hunger, thirst, and poverty and insure the future survival of humanity, and spend whatever it takes to do it.
Whatever debt we have to go into to do it, as well as all debt, would be paid off quickly by the stronger economy that will be created, and by our surviving to be able to pay it.
Also our children will actually get something for the debt we are putting them. They will get clean air, never have to pay for energy ever again, they won't have to fight in wars for Oil, and they will have a future to look forward to.
I don't think that our children will say all that was, "too expensive."
Every time there is a ice storm or a blizzard we have blackouts because the ice builds up on power lines and they break or short out, or tree branches fall on them, which happened in the US in this Blizzard in Feb 2011 or the 2003 blackout that covered 6 States and part of Canada which happened because one tree branch fell on one power line.
Same thing with hurricanes. Their winds blow down power lines and create mass blackouts, which happened with Hurricanes Katrina, Irene, and Sandy.
This is because we are all tethered by grids.
Even if we spend billions of making grids "Smart" and more efficient, power plants will still be killing us and the planet by burning coal, mountains and rivers will be destroyed by coal mining, coal miners will still die from black lung disease, and we will still have huge lagoons of coal ash,and we will still have blackouts because storms are getting worst from climate change.
Ideally I think we should tear down every grid on this planet because they generate most of the pollution from burning coal and natural gas and they cause blackouts. If everyone were truly energy independent with solar, wind, and a hydrogen fuel cell generator, we wouldn't need the grid system.
But I realize that we're addicted to grids and it's going to take time to build and install enough equipment to convert every building on the planet, and therefore I propose converting coal fired power plants to burn hydrogen which would quickly to make them all zero emission because doing so would eliminate the root cause of climate change which is pollution and not efficiency, while we are converting homes and businesses to true energy independence.
There also wouldn’t be any more deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning from people using gasoline generators in blackouts, because everyone could be using zero emission hydrogen fuel cells generators instead and not having a blackout in the first place and not be polluting themselves or the planet.
Yes, there is no solar or wind in a blizzard and too much wind and no solar in a Hurricane. Also solar panels and wind turbines may get blown way in severe storms. That’s why I'm advocating for the triple back-up of solar, wind, and hydrogen. Because in the sunny and windy days of summer, you can generate hydrogen from that extra solar and wind by electrifying water. Then store it in tanks, and use that hydrogen later in winter or during a disaster as fuel in your fuel cell for electrical power and in your heater and stove for heat and cooking. Your car can also be converted to burn hydrogen and you can be generating your own car fuel as well.
Also if we made it a national and international priority to have universal solar, wind, and hydrogen, it would revive every economy by putting millions of people back to work building, installing, selling, and maintaining it all. Also everyone would stop being held hostage to energy corporations and fluctuating prices, because everyone and all future generations would never have to pay for heating, electricity, or car fuel ever again.
It has been possible to live this way for decades already. The hydrogen fuel cell was invented in 1839, 174 years ago! Please educate yourself and your local and federal governments about these alternatives and work to implement them, because if you did it would save lives, prevent blackouts, save every economy, and it would save the planet by eliminating pollution.
You can read more details about my ideas on this issue in my book, Ideas to Save the Planet.
Also check out my Table of Contents and the section, Information that Can Save the Planet, and my chapters:
Global Conversion to the Hydrogen Economy, Fueled by Solar, Wind, and Water = Zero Emission Energy Independent Homes, Cars, Boats, Trucks, Trains, Planes, Factories, and Planet
Universal Hydrogen, Solar, and Wind Instead of Universal Nuclear Bombs and End Nuclear Energy
Burning Hydrogen, Instead of Oil, Coal, or Natural Gas
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars are the Real Deal Hybrids
People would be Outraged if They Were Educated About the Benefits of Using Hydrogen to Power Their Homes and Cars
We Don’t Have to Wait Another 20 Year to Start Using Hydrogen, Because We Can Store It Right Now
Solar - Electrical and Passive Heating
Tearing Down the Power Grid is the True Defense of Every Nation Because We Would Never have a Blackout Again
(This is a blog I posted to The Daily Show's website and I thought I would share it, because I address hydraulic fracturing or fracking in my book, and it relates to my chapters, The Pollution and Damage of Oil and Natural Gas Drilling are Evil, and Totally Unnecessary! How I Fought Against Them,
Philanthropy to Save the Planet - What Millionaires and Billionaires Can Do, What Hollywood Actors, Studios, and Celebrities Can Do, and Go All the Way and Go Clear Instead of only Going Green, because it's More Effective in Saving the Planet.)
Jon, I love you and your show, but you are totally wrong about T. Boone Pickens. You have had him on your show on January 27, 2011 and in 2008 where you were ready to follow him and do whatever he said.
On his most recent appearance on your show Pickens totally lied to you by saying that fracking is safe and doesn't pollute water aquifers. Pickens said, "I have fracked 3,000 wells in my life... I've never seen anything damaged." You then feebly mentioned that others would disagree about that and it has been harmful. But you didn't bust out the facts and call him on his lies, even though you already had Josh Fox, the creator of the film, Gasland, on your show, so you know better.
He is also only talking about stopping our use of OPEC oil in 10 years, but he still wants to continue to use other nation's oil and domestic oil and gas.
That is not going to do anything to save the planet, because after waiting another 10 years to do that, we will still be polluting ourselves.
Pickens is wrong about using natural gas to get us to energy independence.
Yes, cars can be converted to burn natural gas, but they would still be polluting the air and polluting water aquifers by drilling for it. It’s just as easy to convert cars to burn 100% hydrogen, and has been done for 90 years already. Hydrogen burning cars fully burn up any pollution that is already in the air as it goes through the engine and the hydrogen flame, thus these cars clean the air everywhere they go.
Everyday there is more solar and wind energy than all the oil, coal, and natural gas in the world. We could be getting unlimited hydrogen from the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico, and so could nearly every nation on this planet that is surrounded by seawater. If we made it a priority to give everyone the tools to access the abundant energy that is all around us, every home and every nation would be fully energy independent and no one would ever have to go without energy, or need to fight wars for oil, and developing nations could develop without polluting. Also if we all desalinated seawater, every nation could have unlimited water for farming and drinking, as well as for hydrogen production, and it would end hunger and thirst as well as climate change.
Jon, you and Pickens dismissed Solar and Wind because you think that they can not be used in combustion engines. --- But you're wrong!
Everyone could be generating their own hydrogen from solar, wind, and water at home and fill up their cars with gas they produces themselves, which is abundant and zero emission, and never have to pay for fuel, as well as heat and electricity, ever again. Thus using hydrogen to store the energy from solar and wind, makes solar and wind consistent, and takes away the argument that they are unreliable and inconsistent. They also facilitate the elimination our energy bills not just reducing them, and not just for us, but for every nation and all future generations.
T. Boone Pickens' Plan is not that comprehensive. He only wants to continue to use oil and gas, control our electricity, our fuel, and our water, by buying up water rights, natural gas wells, and by convincing people like you that that is what we need to do. He could be putting his billions into manufacturing solar, wind, and hydrogen technologies, using wind to electrify water to produce hydrogen, and getting rich on facilitating everyone's true energy independence and the planet being fully saved.
I have written you before Jon and have asked you to convert your entire studio and your home and cars to solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel cells. If you had listened to me your stance against the Iraq war would have been strengthened. You have to the money and the star power to demand it. If you went all the way with your politics and your environmentalism, you would be a shining example to the nation and the world and it would help to turn things around, educate the world, and inspire everyone to join you in living this way.
Also Bill Gates could be spending his billions on manufacturing solar, wind, hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen gas tanks, and electrolyzers that generate hydrogen from water. He also could be converting coal fired power plants to burn hydrogen and instantly manifesting 100% zero emission grids. During your interviews you could be slapping around Pickens and Gates for not already going that and be goading them into doing so, and as well as into giving away enough tech to make thousands of whole homes 100% zero emission and energy independent. But you didn't choose to play it that way and you kissed their asses and had 3 relatively frivolous and pointless interviews.
You should have Roy McAlister, the President of the American Hydrogen Association on your show. He can tell you how he has been converting gas cars to burn hydrogen for 45 years. Then have him generate some hydrogen on your desk with a solar panel and an electrolyzer and boil some water with a hydrogen flame, on your desk in front of the world. The teapot whistling could be "the sound of the world changing" because that's all that coal and nuclear power plants do, they boil water and the steam turns turbines. You could show everyone that we don't need them and we can boil water to generate electricity with an abundant and zero emission fuel, hydrogen. Then you could encourage your viewers and President Obama to mobilize the nation to do it, as you pour some hot water and both have some zero emission tea.
Please hear me this time Jon! Chose to educate yourself and the world to fully save the planet. Please read Roy's book, The Solar Hydrogen Civilization and my book, Ideas to Save the Planet. Then act on our wisdom and use your fame and your show to lead the way.
The Gulf of Mexico - BP oil spill and all oil spills are totally unnecessary, because we don't need oil.
There is more hydrogen in the oceans that are all around nearly every nation, than all the oil, coal, or uranium in the world. We can use hydrogen to run our cars, factories, homes, and power plants, today. If we only made using the abundant and zero emission technologies of hydrogen, solar, and wind, a priority, we wouldn't need to use oil, coal, or nuclear, or have oil spills or wars for oil.
We also don't need oil to make plastics either. We can, and already are, using veggie oils and starches to make biodegradable plastics and styrofoam stuff.
The oil spill is the result of bad oversight of the US Government and criminal negligence of Halliburton and BP, but it is also the Green people's fault!
A lot of Green people have been talking about efficiency as their main weapon against climate change. They are totally wrong and this spill proves it.
By making efficiency a primary concern and not the secondary one that it should be, we are still using oil and coal, just slightly less, and it has taken people's eye off the ball. Because efficiency is not what is killing the planet, pollution is.
Those birds and our beaches were not covered with efficiency! They were covered with oil pollution. Also efficiency is not giving your kids asthma, coal and car emissions are.
Our focus on efficiency is causing oil spills and is killing the planet, because we have been putting our brains, time, and money on finding ways to continue to use oil and coal, instead of putting our brains, time, and money on using existing technology to become 100% zero emission. That is why we are still talking about changing stupid light bulbs - 40 years after the start of Earth Day, and why we are still using and drilling for oil and having spills, and removing mountain tops to get coal!
If we all were energy independent, energy abundant, and zero emission, it would not matter what kind of light bulb you used, if we wasted energy, or if we used it inefficiently.
President Obama and other people are only talking about "reducing" emissions not eliminating them, and only using domestic oil instead of foreign oil, 80% by 2050. This is a very stupid goal and because it doesn't do anything to save the planet, because even after waiting for another 40 years, for a total of 80 years, we still wont be fully energy independent and we will still be polluting.
If you were covered with oil, would you rather have 10 or 20% less oil on you, or would you rather have 100% less oil on you? Do you want to be fully clean, or just cleaner?
Do you want our beaches only 20% cleaned up? or would you rather they be 100% cleaned and restored?
Do you want only 10-20% less oil spills?, or would you rather have 100% less oil spills?
If someone was poisoning your children, would only reduce the rate they were poisoning them, by 20% over 13 years, or would you slap it out of their hand and stop them from poisoning your children, 100%, right now?
We have to stop being satisfied with Green baby steps, spineless goals, efficiency, and only reducing the rate we pollute ourselves.
We can and we must Go Clear, and fully save the planet and go all the way to clear skies and use clear speech and clear intentions to get there, and use zero pollution energy resources like solar, wind, and hydrogen, because as we all can see from this Gulf oil spill, our economy, our ways of life, our food supply, our air and water quality, and the future of humanity and the planet depends on it.
You can read more details about my ideas on this issue in my book, Ideas to Save the Planet.
Please see my Table of Contents and my chapters:
The Pollution and Damage of Oil and Natural Gas Drilling are Evil and Totally Unnecessary!
Go All the Way and Go Clear Instead of Only Going Green, My Challenge to the Environmental Community to Speak and Act More Powerfully
Bio-Fuels are a Band-Aid and Not a Real Solution to Climate Change nor our Energy Independence, Hydrogen, Solar, Wind, and Water are Better
Global Conversion to the Hydrogen Economy, Fueled by Solar, Wind, and Water = Zero Emission Energy Independent Homes, Cars, Boats, Trucks, Trains, Planes, Factories, and Planet
Universal Hydrogen, Solar, and Wind Instead of Universal Nuclear Bombs and End Nuclear Energy
Solar - Electrical and Passive Heating
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars are the Real Deal Hybrids
People would be Outraged if They Were Educated About the Benefits of Using Hydrogen to Power Their Homes and Cars
We Don’t Have to Wait Another 20 Year to Start Using Hydrogen, Because We Can Store It Right Now
Burning Hydrogen, Instead of Oil, Coal, or Natural Gas
This is the text from my interview with Kevin S. Kantola of Hydrogen Cars Now
Todd Norman Has Ideas to Save the Planet Including a Role for Hydrogen
Posted on March 22nd, 2010 by admin
Recently, I had the pleasure of communicating with Todd Norman, author of Ideas to Save the Planet. I put a few questions to him about the role of hydrogen. Here is the question and answer session:
HydroKevin (HK): What is your vision of a global conversion to a hydrogen economy especially concerning the building of an H2 transportation system?
Todd Norman (TN): My vision for global conversion to hydrogen is similar to Roy McAlister’s. I’m advocating for his idea of converting existing cars to burn Hydrogen, because converted cars clean the pollution that is already in the air as you drive. I still like fuel cell cars, but I just agree that we should use what we have and not only stop polluting, but also clean up the old pollution. My ideas are for the current emission testing places to be converted to hydrogen conversion centers, as well as for auto mechanics to be trained to convert cars, and for all trains, planes, and boats to be converted as well.
HK: How do you envision using hydrogen, solar and wind energy to complement one another to their full capacity?
TN: I see it as a triple back-up. If we all had solar panels, wind generators, a back-up hydrogen fuel cell, and batteries in our homes, we would all be energy independent, energy abundant, and zero emission. If it’s not sunny, it’s usually windy, and it can be windy at night, and in the winter when it’s neither, you can use the fuel cell. We can generate our own hydrogen with solar, wind, and water and therefore the consistent hydrogen fuel solves the inconsistency of solar and wind.
HK: What do you mean by hydrogen fuel cell cars are the real deal hybrids?
TN: Gasoline hybrids still pollute. We need to stop being satisfied with Going Green and only “reducing emissions” and we have to go all the way and Go Clear, to 100% zero emissions. As far as I know, fuel cell cars are electric cars with a hydrogen fuel cell to supply electricity as you drive, and therefore they have a longer range. They are the real deal hybrids because if you generated your own hydrogen at home with solar, wind, and water you could be saving thousands per year on fuel, travel further, and fully save the planet by being 100% zero emission and energy independent.
HK: Why would people be outraged if they were more educated about hydrogen?
TN: They would be outraged as I am if they knew that the fuel cell was 172 years old and getting hydrogen from water with electricity is 206 years old. Because they would know that we wouldn’t have to have wars for oil, or have climate change, or our children getting asthma from coal emission, or pay high energy prices. They would know that all that is totally unnecessary, because every nation is near oceans of water and therefore everyone could have unlimited hydrogen, and be developing and living well without polluting.
And if they had solar, wind and a fuel cell, and an electrolyzer they could be generating their own gas for their car and heating, and never have to pay for electricity, heat, or car fuel ever again, and thus save thousands per year. I'm trying to convince people that living this way is the true defense of every nation to save the planet and it’s also the true defense of everyone’s budget. Also you would save more money generating your own car fuel with your extra solar and wind, and water off your rain gutter, than the small amount of money you get back from the power company for it. I think that people would be outraged because all that is not already happening, and could be happening, and they would act on that outrage, demand it, and start living this way.
HK: How can people use hydrogen now to make a difference?
TN: They can get their car converted to burn hydrogen or they can put in their order for a fuel cell car, then buy them, then drive them. They can demand universal hydrogen, solar, and wind from their governments. They can educate themselves about it, make using it a priority, and then use it. It has taken the Green movement 40 years to become main stream, and we are still only changing light bulbs and using coal and oil slightly more efficiently. We can’t wait another 40 years to Go Clear. We have to do it now. Hydrogen is the solution to many of the world’s problems and is the most abundant energy source on this planet. We all have to open our minds to hydrogen, solar, and wind, be given the means to access the abundant energy that is all around us, and then pick up those tools that are lying at our feet and use them.
Many thanks to Mr. Norman for his time and perspective on the role of hydrogen in saving the planet.
Al, I’ve seen your Movie, An Inconvenient Truth, and I thought it was very good and important. Thank you for speaking out to end Climate Change and choosing to be a Hero for the Planet.
But I thought that you could have been even more powerful in your arguments and I’m here to give another Invitation to Be More Powerful and suggestions on how you could do even better. Thank you for listening. (In my first email to the Al’s forum, I suggested that he help me change the Democratic Party Platform and include Converting the Hydrogen, Solar, and Wind, as the True Defense of the nation.)
I think that you would have been even more powerful and more effectual in your beautiful mission to educate and mobilize the nation and the World to fight Climate Change if you had done and said the following things, in your movie and in the future.
You’re shown in your movie being driven around in a car and that car could have been a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car. You could have shown everyone how it works and drank the water off the tail pipe, because that’s the only emission, Water and heat. These cars exists, they’re just expensive and you have millions of dollars lying around, so you could have played it that way, and didn’t.
Or that car could have been a gasoline burning car that has been converted to a Hydrogen Burning Car, which regular people are doing on the American Hydrogen Association’s website, they have a kit you can buy for converting cars for $2,000. You could have shown us how everyone can convert their own cars and generate our own Hydrogen gas from Solar, Wind, and Water.
You could have called upon the rich and celebrities to convert their mansions and cars to Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Solar, and Wind and said something like ‘Bling your Fuel Cell if you want, but do your end to fight Climate Change.’ If people who can afford to did it now, it would support sustainable technology manufactures jobs and companies and eventually bring the price down for everyone else.
You could have converted your ranch to Solar, Wind, and Residential Fuel Cells, then given us a tour of your zero emission energy independent home. The technology already exists, other people already live this way, and you have the money to live this way, but you chose not to do so. If you converted your house would have been an example to the World that we don’t have to wait another 20 years to live and drive this way. I have a friend who was shocked that you’re not living this way already. You have been talking about Climate Change for 30 years, but you haven’t been living in a zero emission energy independent home for 30 years? At least as far as I know you’re not. If you have been, you didn’t mention it in the movie. If you had, you would have been able to say to the World, “I live in a house like that, and you can too,” which would have inspired others to live this way.
George W. Bush runs his Texas Ranch on Hydrogen Fuels Cells right now. But Bush gets his Hydrogen from Oil, Natural Gas, and Nuclear and Water, not Solar, Wind and Water. So in the media – Bush is doing more about Hydrogen that you are Al. You could be turning that around by showing them by example and by converting your own home and cars.
You could have also said to the World, “It’s stupid to get zero emission Hydrogen from a Nuclear power plants that produces deadly waste for millions of years.”
Al, you also could have taken Oprah on a video tour of your zero emission energy independent home when you were on her show.
Please convert your homes, cars, and limos to Solar, Wind, and Hydrogen Fuel Cells in the future.
Your lecture hall, video screen, and microphone in the movie, could have been powered by Fuel Cells. An Inconvenient Truth could have been a 100% Zero Emission and Energy Independent movie. All the lighting, cameras, editing, production could all have been powered by Hydrogen, Solar, and Wind, too.
I emailed you before and suggested that you to drive up to the premiere of your movie in a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car. If you had listened to me, you would have been on the news about it, Worldwide, and been clearly walking your talk, and people would have taken you even more seriously. (Al could have arrived at the Oscars, where he got his well-deserved Oscar for this movie, in a Hydrogen Limo. He could have also driven up to the Nobel Prize office in a Hydrogen Limo, too.)
You could have said in the movie that the Kyoto accords only call for an 8% reduction of 1990 green house emissions. They originally wanted an 80% reduction, but it got thinned down to only 8%. Then you could have said, “Bush won’t even agree to 8% and I’m talking about a 100% reduction of all emissions not just 1990 level of emissions.” (Which you didn’t call for either, which I am, and you could have.)
Finally you didn’t talk about specific details about the technologies enough nor did you speak powerfully enough about the concrete actions that we can take, in your movie.
You did say what I’m saying in, My Call to Greatness to the American People, which is that if we have beaten slavery and segregation, and won WWI and II and went to the moon, then we can mobilize to fight Climate Change. Thank you for saying that. But you didn’t say how we should mobilize.
I’m speaking more powerfully than you are Al, because I’m saying that we can convert the entire nation to Hydrogen, Solar, and Wind and Water, in only 4 years not 20-50 more years, and do the whole Planet in 20 years or less, if we only made it a National and International priority to do so.
If you would have said that, and been more specific about mobilizing the nation to fight Climate Change as the true defense of the nation and build Solar panels, residential Wind generators, residential Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Hydrogen gas tanks, electrolyzers (which get Hydrogen out of Water and was invented in 1805, 204 years ago), and install them in every home and building in the country, build millions of Fuel Cell cars for the US and then the World, convert existing cars to burn Hydrogen, convert existing power plants and factories to burn Hydrogen instead of coal, build desalinization plants, and water pipelines like we did in WW II to build guns, bullets, tanks, and planes. I think that would have been even more powerful, because you would have inspired the nation to take action toward a specific future, instead of just spending three quarters of the movie scaring people and only mentioning Solar, Wind, and Hydrogen in one sentence and not mentioning your solutions in the movie and leaving them for the credits, which most people may have already walked out on.
I think people do need to be educated and even scared into action and you did a great job of speaking powerfully about that. But all I hear people talk about when they talk about your movie is how scary it was and one friend of mine couldn’t even finish watching it because it was too scary for her. All I’m saying is, that people could be talking about how inspired to action they are after seeing that movie, instead.
Anyway, that’s just my opinion, thanks for listening to all that Al. Thanks for taking up my Invitation to Be More Powerful by choosing to act on these suggestions and maybe even re-editing your movie or changing the way you make your next movie. Maybe your next movie will be called, “It is possible to Save the Planet, so let’s get on it!”
Thanks for choosing to be a Hero for the Planet and Thoroughly Beautiful Person Al, for the way you are choosing to live your life and for all your beautiful work. I only offer these suggestions to help you in your work and the try to help you be even more effective and more powerful in your work to save the Planet.
Thank you to all the people of Air America, past, and present, for your courage and efforts to rebalance the American political air waves by promoting progressive view points. I’ve been a fan since you started. Most the hosts are great, especially Laura Flanders, Thom Hartmann, Rachel Maddow, Chuck D, and of course Al Franken.
You have successfully turned the tide of right wing media and talk radio. The evidence of this is the results of the 2006 elections.
Thank you for all you beautiful work to all the DJ’s and employees of Air America.
But I think that you all could be even more powerful and effective in your work. So I’m here to Invite you to Choose to Be More Powerful.
Thank you all for taking the time to listen to my ideas.
Air American could be more powerful and effective if you became “100% Clear - Zero Emission and Energy Independent Air America Radio.”
I’m writing a book called, Ideas to Save the Planet, and I’m inviting people who have the beautiful intention of saving the Planet by “Going to Green” to go all the way and “Go Clear” to 100% not killing the Planet, instead only going part way by only changing light bulbs.
How could you do that, you might ask? Well, by making it a priority to operate Clearly.
Please implement all these suggestions.
Make it a priority to operate 100% Clearly and change your business model and charter to reflect that priority.
Raise money, I don’t care if it takes a year, and convert all your offices, stations, studios, and operations to Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Solar, Wind, and Water. The technology existed today to do this. You could be generating your our Hydrogen gas from Solar, Wind, and Water. If you did this you would also not have to pay for electricity or heat every again, and you would never have a blackout, or have your voice cut off by the government! Please lead the nation and the World by using these tools, and by living your spirituality and your politics.
Invest in Renewable energy manufacturing and installation companies by inviting them to advertise on your stations.
You could be saying in your promotions, “Air America Radio – We’re not killing the Planet! or “We’re not polluting your children,” or “Air America Radio - We’re On It! We are doing what we can to Save the Planet.” “You don’t have to fight a war for Oil for us, because we are Energy Independent and Zero Emission,” or “Air America Radio – the Actually Clear Channel”
By implementing theses suggestions you will not only be innovative and the first zero emission and energy independent radio network in the US, if not the World, but your political positions will be strengthened, because you will be not just talking about Climate Change and how terrible wars for Oil are, but you will be walking your talk, and doing what you can to Save the Planet and to change society for the better. I think that people would gladly send you money to help you manifest that intention.
Also if you convert all your operations to Hydrogen, Solar, Wind, and Water you will be supporting American sustainable energy manufacturing and installation jobs, while proving to the nation and the World, everyday, that it’s possible to live this way, and that we don’t have to wait another 20 years or fight wars for Oil.
Please add this to your arguments against the war in Iraq. “Not only was this war for Oil, based on lies, has killed 650,000 civilians and thousands of Americans, and is being mismanaged, but it is totally unnecessary! We don’t need Oil! Not only is Oil killing the Planet and people all over the World, but we don’t need it, because we can run our homes and cars on Sunlight, Wind, and Water. We’re doing it! You can, too! So let’s Get On It!”
This idea would also strengthen your network financially, because you would have more, as well as more diverse and more powerful advertisers than you do now. Please stop having useless commercials that no one wants to hear, and have more powerful ones. Have Solar panel, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Wind generators, Hydrogen gas tank, and electrolyzers manufacture’s and installation companies, or garages that convert cars to Hydrogen, commercials on your shows, instead of repetitive, annoying, and frivolous ones.
If you acted on my ideas you would be able to say, “No Planet was harmed in the production of this radio program. No wars were needed to be fought to power this radio show. We are doing what we can to Save the Planet. We are leading the nation and the World to Energy Independence. We are not polluting your children. You can live this way, too. It is possible to Save the Planet. Come and join us in living more cleanly and powerfully!”
Since Al Franken left, I think that Thom Hartmann is your best DJ. However, Laura Flanders is second best and should be on in the mornings and not that Lionel guy. If you made that change, you would have a more powerful line up, and therefore be more popular and more successful, politically, and financially.
Also your DJ’s could be like Bob Barker the host of the Price is Right game show, who acted on his activism and made it a point to say on every show, for 30+ years, “This is Bob Barker, reminding you to control the pet population and spade and neutering your pets.” Laura Flanders could be saying something similar. ‘This is Laura Flanders reminding you to Save the Planet by converting your home and car to Hydrogen, Solar, Wind, and Water. It is possible to Save the Planet, So let’s get on it!’
Lastly, you could not only be operating 100% Clearly, with zero emission and energy independence, and advocating that your listeners live this way too, and supporting sustainable jobs, but you could be inviting your guests to do the same, by converting all their homes and cars. You could be slapping politicians around for not living this way, or blocking the rest of us from living this way with their policies.
The Hydrogen Fuel Cell was invented 170 years ago, we went to the moon using them, and we use them today in the Space Shuttle. We just have to make it a priority to use them in our homes and cars.
You could be telling the politicians to Get On It! We’ve waited too long already to live this way.
I’ve invited the Democratic Party to donate Solar panels, Wind generators, and Hydrogen Fuel Cells to the Pepsi Center, the venue of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and that they make it the first zero emission and energy independent convention ever. Please see my letter to them that I have included in this email, for more details in that idea. Unfortunately, Howard Dean did not listen to me, and looked at me like I was an axe murder when I spoke to him in person about it.
I also have advocated that all their offices, local, State, and Federal be converted to Hydrogen, Solar, and Wind, and for all their candidates campaign in Hydrogen cars and buses. Thereby leading the nation by example with a Zero Emission Energy Independent Presidential campaigns!
Please advocate for these ideas, because it could be the spark that leads us to becoming energy independent as a nation and to ending Climate Change. Please slap Howard Dean around for treating me so poorly, especially since these are great ideas and because I have been a loyal democratic for 20 years. As I said in my letter, if they acted on these ideas they would be winning over progressives and independents by taking more action and not just talking about Climate Change or our dependence on foreign Oil.
You could be even stronger and more powerful, if you choose to be.
Please take up my Invitation and choose to Be More Powerful by taking action to become zero emission and energy independent and by leading the nation and the World to fight Climate Change and end our need to fight wars for Oil, by example.
Thank you for listening and of acting on my suggestions, they are only presented to you in an effort to make you and your work more powerful and effective.
Ideas to Save the Planet
I emailed this letter to all the Air America DJ’s and the management, and I got absolutely no response from any of them!
Again every time that people don’t choose to be More Powerful, they end up being less powerful instead. But I have done what I can by communicating these ideas to them, to their listeners, and to the World in this book.
They can either act on them or not.
They can either choose to have the World’s first zero emission energy independent radio network and lead by example, or not.
They can either choose to continue to have annoying commercials and fewer listeners, and struggle financially, or they can choose to be more powerful politically, make more money, grow their audience, and do what they can to Save the Planet.
It’s now 2009 and they never acted on these ideas, and even Laura Flanders and Thom Hartmann have left their network. If they had listened to me and acted on these ideas, things might have turned out differently.
Hopefully they will have the intelligence and courage to listen to my wisdom and act on these suggestions in the future.
All things are possible.
Unfortunately they never acted on my advice and in January 2010 they went off the air. I tried to help them to survive and thrive, but they didn't listen to me. Sad news.
(This was my attempt to get the national Democratic Party in the United States to lead the US and the world to energy independence and to fight climate change. I spent 7 months November 2006 to May 2007, writing it, lobbying all the officials I listed at the top of this letter, emailing and hand delivering this letter multiple times to all of them and to their offices.)
Democratic National Committee
Colorado Democratic Party
Colorado State Party Chair, Pat Waak
Good Day all,
This is an Invitation to Be More Powerful to the Democratic Party from Ideas to Save the Planet.
Please donate solar panels, wind generators, and hydrogen fuel cells to the Pepsi Center in Denver and make the 2008 Democratic National Convention the first zero emission and energy independent convention ever.
Please have the moral and political will to lead the nation to energy independence, by acting on this good idea.
If you all implemented this idea you would be more powerful and more successful in your efforts because you would:
Win back independents and unaffiliated voters that have given up on Democrats, by now demonstrating how serious we are about environmental protection, fighting climate change, and energy independence.
You could add substance to your arguments against the Iraqi war, by demonstrating that we don’t have to have wars for oil, by showing voters how we can live sustainably for solar, wind, hydrogen, and water, now and that we don’t have to wait another 20 years.
It would put a huge global spotlight on Gov. Ritter’s plans for solar and wind.
This would also support American and Coloradoan solar, wind, and hydrogen manufacturing and installation jobs, now, and would demonstrate to the nation that you will support them when you get into office. Thus showing everyone how you’re going to revive our manufacturing base and create millions of good jobs, here in Colorado and all over the nation.
Spend some of the money you’re raising that you would normally spend on TV commercials and campaign consultants, to buy solar panels, wind generators, hydrogen fuel cells, and donate them to the City of Denver and the Pepsi Center, as a good will gesture for our hosting your convention. You are demanding that the City of Denver come up with $80 million, and you could come up with $1-10 million for this idea. Because it would generate FREE advertising and FREE global media coverage, that would have more impact than the same money going to normal TV commercials. Also it would create the first zero emission and energy independent sports and music venue in the nation, if not the world, which would be a 30-40 year commercial for the Democratic Party, instead of just a few 30 second TV commercials.
Also the Democratic Party would be more powerful and win every election if they implemented the following ideas:
Change the Democratic National Platform to make it a national priority to fight climate change and implement our energy independence by converting to the Hydrogen Economy that is fueled by solar, wind, and water.
Make it a National Priority to convert to every home, business, building, and car to solar, wind, and hydrogen. Everyone can generate their own hydrogen gas for solar, wind, and water, and fill up their cars and run their homes on residential hydrogen fuel cells, today.
Also fueling this new Hydrogen Economy from the water from our water taps, from our rain gutters, and from desalinating the oceans of water that is all around us. Desalinating seawater and distributing it via tanker trucks and rail lines or water pipelines to anywhere its need, would also provide us all the water we need to end droughts, no matter what climate change does and show the World how to do the same.
2. Instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on stupid TV commercials that have very little impact on voters and are subsidizing media corporations, the national party could be spending 10-30% of its war chest money subsidizing renewable energy manufacturing companies by buying solar panels, wind generators, and hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen gas tanks, electrolyzers, and batteries, and hydrogen fuel cell buses and cars or ones converted to burn hydrogen.
Make it a priority to have a Hydrogen powered Democratic Party and zero emission and energy independent campaigns.
Do so by installing solar panels, wind generators, and residential fuel cells in every national, state, and local office, distributing hydrogen buses and cars to all candidates to campaign in, and providing small fuel cells to candidates to power their microphones for their speeches, and even power their TV studios when they make their TV commercials.
If you did all this you would be more powerful and visionary and would change people’s perception that we don’t have a plan to fight climate change and that we are weak and spineless. And it would show that what you’re going to do for the rest of the nation when you get in office, which is convert the whole nation to solar, wind, and hydrogen.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my ideas. It is possible to save the planet and live sustainably, now. We don’t have to wait until tomorrow. We just have to make it a priority, and go about doing it.
Please take up my Invitation and Choose to Be More Powerful! Choose to be bold and visionary! If you did, you would win every election.
Lead the nation and then the world to the Hydrogen Economy, and take action to manifest our being energy independent and save the world from climate change.
Thank you for having the courage to take action to save the planet. The future of this nation and the world depends on it.
Ideas to Save the Planet
I followed Thom Hartmann’s advice of trying to infiltrate the Party and generate change from the inside, but unfortunately they didn’t listen to me and didn’t act on these suggestions. They never even called or wrote me in response to these ideas, which was very rude, as well as a missed opportunity.
They could have mobilized the nation already, and they would have put people back to work, revived our economy, and won the 2010 elections. They lost the 2010 elections because people were mad from being out of work, and progressives like me were mad because the Democrats have refused to listen to our input, like these ideas. They are going to continues to lose if they continue to be unresponsive to the voters, and hesitant and spineless in their approach to solving our collective problems. It would all be so different if the only Choose to Be More Powerful.
Please see my chapter in my book, My Invitation to be More Powerful to the Democratic Party, for more details.
Mike, I have some suggestions and an Invitation to Be More Powerful for you, that I hope will make you and your work even more powerful and effective than you already are. Thanks for listening.
Please make your next movie about Saving the Planet and about saving our economy and the re-birth of Flint Michigan.
If you can make a film about Flint’s demise, Roger and Me, why can’t you make a film about Flint’s re-birth?
I think that every community has to mobilize to save the planet from climate change, and doing so would also generate lots of jobs and economic growth. It’s the true physical and economic defense of every nation.
So my suggestion is, that you make it person priority to save the planet, then open your mind to see what’s possible, then take action to save it.
Then you approach the CEOs of Solar Panel, Wind Generator, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Hydrogen gas tank, Tidal and Wave generator manufacturers, and any other Green or Clear (zero emission) products you can think of, and challenge them to build them in Flint, the way you challenged the CEO of Nike to build their shoes in Flint, in Roger and Me.
You could be leading the fight against Climate Change and of Flint’s renewal, while also educating and leading the rest of the World to Save the Planet. You could do a film about these technologies and how everyone can fight Climate Change and about Flint got back on its’ feet and is even in better shape than before GM pulled out 30,000 jobs.
You spent a lot of time in Roger and Me showing us all the dilapidated homes and the people being foreclosed on and thrown out of their homes on Christmas. You could be showing the same neighborhoods today, that have new homes and show how Flint is thriving, now that they have good jobs again. Demonstrating that what’s good for the Planet is also good for people.
Then the people of Flint could be building Solar panels, Wind Generators, Electrolyzers, Hydrogen Gas tanks, and Hydrogen Fuel Cells, for their own homes, for their own town, the rest of the nation, and for the rest of the World.
Work to convince the Town of Flint to convert to renewable energy and put the technologies that their own citizens have built on their Town Hall, Library, Fire House, Schools, and Police Station, and on every home and business in town = a 100% Zero Emission and Energy Independent Town!
Convince them by using the argument that it’s in the true defense of the town to have a government the doesn’t pollute their own children, that never has a blackout again, is therefore up and running if there were to be a disaster or a terrorist attack, and it would be supporting the town’s new industry and its’ good new jobs.
Flint could be the first zero emission and energy independent town in Michigan if not in the entire country, which would also be good PR for tourism and for relocating new businesses. You all could be saying, “Come to Flint! Join us in Saving the Planet. We won’t pollute your Children.” or “Flint Michigan, We’re On it!”
Mike you could also work to extrapolate the success of Flint out to the rest of the country and then the World. He could be showing the World how we all can thrive and survive, by going all the way by Going Clear instead of just Going Green. 100% not killing the planet, instead of only partially reducing some emissions. It’s going to take more than just your town living this way and manufacturing this way. All nations and all towns have to mobilize to save the planet. So you could also export how to do it.
You could turn things around. Instead of a School of the America’s that hosts people from all over the world to get educated on how to torture people, You could invite people from all over the world to come to Flint to get educated about how to resurrect their town and save the planet.
I’m an English major, and Mike you are one of my literary Heroes. I got a free laptop to help me finish this book, and to keep the batteries cool, I propped it up with your books, Stupid White Men, and Dude Where’s My Country?. I have read nearly all of your books and seen all of your movies, including now Sicko, which is your best so far.
I have a funny story to tell you Mike, about how I acted on your information.
One day as I was walking back from lunch, and a black man asked me for some change. This was when I had a good job, before I quit it to go on this adventure 5 years ago. We just happen to be standing in a parking lot that was behind a Dairy Queen and I only had a $20 bill on me. So I told him I would not only give him some money, but I’d also buy him an ice cream. We walked in to the Dairy Queen and while I ordered the ice cream and got some change, I pulled out your book, Stupid White Men, that I had just been reading at lunch. I opened the book up and had him read the chapter, “Kill Whitey.” Which was about how we white people have been conditioned to fear black men and how it was all white men whoever harmed you, Mike, like the CEO of GM who killed your town. Anyway, I thought it was amusing, and I also wanted to show that black man what you said Mike. I gave him the ice cream and $5. The man appreciated my gifts and what he read in your book.
I have a lot of respect for you Mike because you started out like me as a regular citizen, not an expert. You educated yourself then acted out your spiritually by speaking out about social injustices. In the beginning you were speaking powerfully but were inarticulate and even bumbling, and now you are very articulate and eloquent as well as powerful in your books and movies, and in your efforts to solve problems and manifest social change. You have the courage to take on the major issues of our times, and are speaking powerful, eloquently, and from a moral and spiritual conscience. You also do it with humor and common sense.
Your example, books, and activism are the literal foundation of my book, propping up my laptop while I wrote it and inspiring me with your activism.
I’m attempting to follow your fine example and to speak as powerfully as you have for years. The first edition of this book had lots of errors in it, and I’m generally shy, soft spoken, and not very articulate, and I sometimes stumble my words and stammer. So I can only hope that over time I will improve as a writer and as a public speaker and I will eventually succeed in becoming as powerful, articulate, and effective in my work to Save the Planet as you have become in your work, Mike. I heard you on Democracy Now! talking about your latest movie, Sicko, and I was impressed by how eloquent you’ve become. I wanted to say to you, like the mountain man in the movie Jeremiah Johnson, who said to Jeremiah at the end of that movie, “You’ve come far, Pilgrim.”
Anyway, at the end of that interview, you said, “It starts with me.”
You were talking about your newly found healthy living, eating veggies, and losing 30 pounds, after advocating for universal and preventative health care. Now please consider not only doing your next movie about saving Flint and the Planet, but also convert all your offices, homes, cars, and tour vans, for you next book tour, to Hydrogen fuel cells, Solar, Water, and Wind, covert your cars to burn Hydrogen, and become Zero Emission and Energy Independent. You can talk to Roy McAlister, the President of the American Hydrogen Association, who is a real expert on these technologies and who can help you.
You have the money now. Let it truly start with you, and your talking bold action by living out your politics, spirituality, and ideals. Make it a Personal Priority and show the World that it’s possible to live this way, now, and that we don’t have to wait another 20 years.
If you did live this way you would support renewable energy jobs, help bring down the price of these technologies for everyone else, and use your fame and money to do what you can to end Climate Change, and stop our need to fight wars for Oil.
Please choose to Be even More Powerful by doing your next movie about saving Flint and the Planet. Such a movie would be very successful and could inspire the American people and the rest of the World to take action to Save the Planet, the same way you have with all the other issues that you have chosen to tackle. You could also drive up the Oscars, in a Hydrogen burning Limo to pick up your next Academy Award.
Email me Mike! Please see the last page of this book for my contact information, and let’s do this movie.
Let it start with us, you and me.
Let’s do what we can and Let’s Get On It!
Thanks for listening Mike, and for all your great work.
Todd A. Norman
Ideas to Save the Planet
It is 2009 now and Mike as a new movie coming out, called, Capitalism a Love Story. So obliviously he didn’t listen to me. I just saw Mike on Larry King and he said that there are already people talking about Climate Change, like Al Gore, and he wants to focus on issues that others aren’t talking about. Sad news, because those movies are not talking about the solutions to the problem. But I am going to send him a copy if this book, so maybe after reading these ideas he will change his mind and he will do his next movie about saving the economy and planet.
All things are possible.
Well its 2011 now and I just found this web page, The Flint Clean Economy Project, Roadmap to the Future which talks about how the City of Flint is starting to work on some of the ideas that I suggested to Mike. I am sending links to this letter to the City and the Apollo Alliance in the hope that they take these ideas and go all the way with their intention to revive Flint. Please help me spread the word about these ideas and to tell them about this letter.
My name is Todd Norman. I’m writing to honor you and support your great works and fantastic contribution to humanity and to my life, by giving you a Thoroughly Beautiful Person Award. Thank you for choosing to be a thoroughly beautiful person in the way that you create your music and the way that you act on your compassion.
Also I have been a huge fan of yours and the band since you started. Your music has touched my heart and my life has been enriched because of your presence on the planet and in my life. Thank you!
The only way that I can repay you for your beautiful gifts to me and for your service to humanity is to humbly offer you my ideas and helpful suggestions on how you can be even more effective and powerful in your work.
… here are my ideas that you, Bono, can use to make you and your work more powerful, effective, and successful. Thank you for hearing my ideas and wisdom, and for doing what you can to implement them.
You’re doing a fantastically great job trying to eliminate poor country’s debt burdens, to feed people, to ease suffering, and to help people all over the World. Thank you again for all your great work as a Hero for Humanity.
Please now also choose to be a Hero for the Planet by putting your compassion and passion into saving the planet as well as into helping others.
1. Please add sustainable living to your philanthropic efforts. You could start raising money to buy solar panels, wind generators, and hydrogen fuel cells, solar ovens, electrolyzers (that generate hydrogen gas from water), water wells, water pipelines, solar water pumps, and give them away to people all over the world. You could also be funding the conversion of existing cars, trucks, trains, and planes to burning hydrogen or to hydrogen fuel cells and thus make them zero emission and energy independent. Thus you could be helping thousands, if not millions, of people around the world, power their homes and cars from solar, wind, hydrogen, and water, facilitating them to have clean water and to live well and cleanly with 100% zero emissions and 100% energy independence. You could also advocate that others do the same, such as world leaders, governments, NGOs, Bill Gates, other celebrities, and philanthropists. (Please see the rest of this book for more details on these ideas and technologies.)
2. You could also be adding Super Adobe homes to your efforts to house people and lift them out of poverty. There are 2 billion people who don't have adequate housing. Super Adobe homes are homes made out of continuous sand bags that are filled with earth and 10% cement; that you then coiled into walls, like pottery, like logs of earth, into quonset hut vaulted rooms or domes. These homes are hurricane, earthquake, tornado, fire, wind, termite, mold, and, mildew resistant, and they use 95% less wood than a regular stud lumber built homes. They don’t burn and are Termite resistant because there is very little wood, and that is used for molds and frames for the widows and doors. The logs of earth become the roof, so Wind and storms can’t blow off the roof. They are mold and mildew resistant because the lime plaster stops them from growing. They are also very inexpensive, 1/3 or less of a normal home, because you use these bags, the earth from the land, and you don’t have the cost of a wooden roof. They are also flood and bullet resistant, because what do people or marines use to stop floods and bullets? They use sand bags filled with earth. These bags can be filled by hand, built by a community like a barn raising and/or filled with a cement pump and laid down quickly like making sausage.
I’m going to use a metal quonset hut building, with smooth metal panels, as the mold for my house. Then I can coil the bags over it and it won’t look lumpy and it will be easier to stucco and plaster. Then I'm going to remove the mold from the inside. I can then re-use the mold to make more homes and/or add additions to homes. You and NGO’s could do this as well. Also the use of a mold like this will make these homes look better, facilitate them going up quicker, and thus make them more acceptable to people. (Please see my chapter on Super Adobe homes for more details and the website, www.calearth.org.)
Anyway, you could be facilitating thousands, if not millions, of people living in these kinds of homes, not just in Africa, but also in Ireland, Jamaica, Australia, and all over the World. Since these bags are very flexible they can make a variety of different styles of homes that can fit into other cultures. Please see my other chapter on, Sustainable Homes for Native Peoples, for more details on my idea for an organization I want to start that would go around building these kinds of homes for native people’s, giving them better housing, teaching them how to build them, and creating much needed jobs in their communities. Please consider helping me manifest this intention. People need good, strong, and sustainable homes, climate change is going to continue to generate deadly storms, and we need the forests to soak up the carbon in the air to help end climate change. These homes are a solution to all that, because they are disaster resistant and use less wood, and facilitate people living well and sustainably, without killing the planet.
You could also then work to put the solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel cells, solar ovens, solar water pumps, etc… in and on these homes and make them not only disaster resistant, but also 100% Zero emission and 100% energy independent. If people in Africa lived these homes they wouldn’t have to walk miles to cut down the forests to get wood to build their homes or for their wood stoves for heat or cooking. They could be having clean electric stoves powered by fuel cells that are fueled by clean hydrogen gas they produce themselves from water, the sun, and the wind, or hydrogen burning stoves. Also women wouldn’t have to walk miles to get dirty Water, because they would now have a water well, water purification, and a Solar or Wind water pump. If you implemented these ideas you would help stop deforestation and save lives from water born diseases, while raising living standards, and helping to stop climate change by helping people to live well without polluting.
I’ve had plans to build a Super Adobe home that is powered by solar, wind, and hydrogen for 9 years now. I’d have been living this way for years now if I had the money to do so. Recently I have been homeless and very poor. I also lived in shack with no electricity, phone, or running water, and a bucket for a toilet, for a year while writing this book, so I got a small taste of how billions of poor people have to live. I hope that the proceeds of this book will get me the money I need to manifest my dream house, so I can be home-full instead of homeless. Please consider helping me to live sustainably, as well as anybody who is alive enough to want to live this way. The world needs more people to stop polluting the planet, and to be examples to others that it’s possible to live this way. Thank you for also choosing to help me manifest my dream house.
3. Also you could add Desalination to your efforts to help people. There is more Water on this planet than anything else, we just have to take the salt out of it and distribute the now fresh water to anywhere we need it. (Please see my other chapters, Desalinate Seawater and Re-salinate the Oceans, and Water pipelines Instead of Oil Pipelines, for more details on these ideas.) We all, you, the NGOs, the UN, and all the governments of the world, could be funding and facilitating large and small scale desalinization plants, and Water distribution systems, either by building new water pipelines, or using the existing rail systems and/or on water trucks, that are fueled by hydrogen, that is gotten from water, solar, and wind. These plants could also be powered by tidal and wave power.
If this was done, it could end all hunger and thirst worldwide, because everyone would now have permanent, abundant, fresh, and clean water to drink, have clean sanitation, fuel their homes and cars, and to grow their crops, no matter what climate change does or doesn’t do to our weather patterns.
Nearly every country on Earth is close to an ocean and could be benefiting from this idea. There are already 12,500 desalination plants on the Planet today. You could be manifesting more of theses plants and not only giving people food when they need it, like you did with Live Aid, but also facilitating them to be able to permanently feed themselves.
This idea would also end climate change because it would fuel the hydrogen, solar, wind, and water economy. Which could power all our homes, cars, trucks, trains, planes, and factories, which would stop our putting pollution into the atmosphere, and thus clearing our skies, stop polluting our children, and stop our using coal and Oil which are main causes of Climate Change. It would also facilitate every nation’s energy independence, which would stop future wars for oil.
You could be working to manifest this idea globally, but start by manifesting one home, one car, one village, one city, or one whole country at a time. Then others will see that it is possible and copy your example. People don’t have to go without or pollute in order to develop and live well. You could not only ease suffering, improve people’s lives, but also Save the Planet at the same time.
4. Also you could be advocating for and funding and facilitating the conversion of existing coal fired power plants to hydrogen gas burning power plants, and thus working to eliminate the source of a lot of the climate change pollution around the world from coal. We went to the Moon burning hydrogen in the rocket engines. There are already backyard hydrogen gas barbecue’s and it’s being burned in fake log fire places, instead of natural gas, and in cooking stoves.
I signed up for Sir. Richard Branson’s, Earth Challenge, which is the $25 million contest that he set up to get ideas on how he can spent the $3 billion he wants to put towards saving the Planet. I’m very poor and have tried to tell them about these ideas and they wouldn’t even return my email or allow me to enter that contest. Bono, you could go to Sir. Richard and get him to implement these ideas. You also could be advocating for these ideas to NGO’s, governments, Bill Gates, and whoever else you can think of.
5. You could start by leading by example by taking my, I’m On It! Pledge. You certain have been on the job of helping people all over the world. Now you can get on the job of saving the planet in your own life. You have millions of dollars lying around and can therefore afford to convert all your homes, cars, and limos, to solar, wind, water, and hydrogen fuel cells. You need only to make saving the planet a personal priority and a moral imperative. You could be able to tell the world, “I’m On It! My homes and cars are 100% zero emission and energy independent. I’m doing what I can to save the planet. You could live this way, too. So let’s all get on saving the planet!”
All your future concerts could be also zero emission and energy independent, as well. The stage, the lighting, trucks, and the tour bus could all be powered by solar, wind, and hydrogen. You could be generating your own hydrogen as you drive in the bus by having solar panels on the roof, a water tank, and an electrolyzer, and during the day via Solar and wind while your trucks are sitting around before the night concert. In fact your next tour could be the “ZEEI Tour” (zero emission energy independent) or “The 100% Clear Tour,” the “We’re not killing the Planet Tour,” or the “We’re On It! Tour.” Or I’m sure you can come up with another powerful and witty slogan. You could also sell “I’m On it!” t-shirts or buttons too, and encourage your fans can participate, as well. Motivate them to say to the world, “I’m on the job, I’m taking action to solve the world’s problems.” “Hunger and Thirst – I’m On it!” “Poverty – I’m On It!” “Climate Change – I’m On it!”
Your music studio could also be powered by solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel cells, and all your future albums could be zero emission and energy independent, as well.
You could make living Clearly and cleanly, “cool” too, by choose to be a shining example to the world of how to save the planet. Please consider doing what you can to live and create sustainably, and to lead the world to save the planet.
6. Al Gore has stolen my, Music to Save the Planet - worldwide concerts idea, and he is calling it Live Earth. Unfortunately his didn’t listen to me, and didn’t steal my entire idea. I wanted to hold these concerts on Earth Day to raise money, not just awareness about climate change, and buy solar panels, wind generators, and fuel cells, etc…. and give them away to people all over the world. Al didn’t play it like that. Please talk to Al Gore and show him how to do it right, like the way you guys did with Live Aid Concerts, where you not only raised awareness about hunger but you then also bought food and gave it away for free to end famines.
Which leads me to my really big idea bomb – which I hope explodes in your heart and imagination, and ripples out around the World…
7. You could be advocating for and working to make the entire island of Ireland 100% zero emission and energy independent.
Please see my Invitation to Be More Powerful to the Queen of England, where I invited her to work toward a ZEEI Royal family and United Kingdom. You could be not only living sustainably yourself, but also lobbying your government to convert to hydrogen, solar, and wind, as well.
How could you do this?
First you could have concerts, like the one’s Willie Nelson does, Farm Aid, that would also be ZEEI, the stages and lighting etc… and raise money and awareness about the possibility of clearing the skies of Ireland, generating lots of good jobs building solar, wind, and hydrogen technologies, for themselves and then the rest of the World. Thus making the Celtic Economic Tiger roar again. You could show them by example that it’s possible to live this way, call upon their spirituality to mobilize them to Save the Planet, then you could use the money you raise to buy this technology, and ask people to sign up if they want to live sustainably, never have a blackout again, never have to pay for heat, electricity, or gasoline again or have them turned off.
Then you, Bono, could show up at people’s homes, and say, “I heard you want to live sustainably. Thank you for choosing to care about saving the Planet. Here’s everything you need.” Then a small army of people put the Solar panels, Wind generators, a residential Hydrogen Fuel Cell, an electrolyzer, Water cistern to harvest rain Water, a residential Water purification unit, Hydrogen gas tank, convert their car to burn Hydrogen, and put a Hydrogen gas station in their garage that they use to fill up their cars with the Hydrogen they produce themselves.
This would not only support people who care about saving the Planet and generate fanatically great and global awareness, but it would also support clean technology manufactures, and all the homes that you facilitate to become ZEEI would then be examples to the rest of their town and the World. Their neighbors will want to live this way too, because the next time there is a blackout, that home will be the only home with its’ lights on. You could be saving the planet one house, one car, and one village, and one country, Ireland, at a time.
This is also my idea for 2 TV shows, Who Wants to Live Sustainably? and Modernize My Town. You could help me manifest these ideas in Ireland on the BBC, and it could be called Modernize My Flat, Lane, County, or Village.
Also you could then get the local, state, and federal governments to convert all the government offices and buildings. Then mobilize the nation to fill in the rest of every home, car, truck, train, plane, boat….until you get to a 100% zero emission and energy independent Ireland
Also get them to invest in sustainable tech. manufacturing companies, as well as desalination plants. You could be fueling your entire country from the water that is all around you and never be dependent on England or Saudi Arabia again for fuel, and you also would never have and famine ever again either, because you would have permanent fresh water from the oceans for farming.
Also you could then tear down all the power grids and power lines, that cause blackouts, spoil your views, shower your children with radiation, and cause fires. Because if every home had fuel cells, solar, and wind, you wouldn’t need them, and even the remotest cottage would have power and heat without having to build power lines. So not only would this idea modernize your entire country, clear your skies, and generate lots of good jobs, but you all would also then be a shining example to the rest of the World.
You could then do the same for other countries around the World, like Jamaica, where they have lots of Hurricanes. You also could team up with the Marley family and build Super Adobe homes that are ZEEI for the Jamaican people. I saw your induction of Bob Marley into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and I thought it was great and powerful. You could now act equally as powerfully by helping their entire country to live safely and sustainably.
Also please see my chapter on, A Zero Emission Energy Independent Planet, for more details on my idea for a Movie to Save the Planet, which depicts a positive vision of the future where all our collective problems are fixed and Humanity survives, instead of being destroyed by war and pollution. Please consider helping me manifest this idea in anyway you can. I loved the Million Dollar Hotel, by the way. (Bono did a cameo in that movie and I think U2 did the soundtrack, as well.)
Well… I think that’s enough powerful ideas for one person to handle, even you Bono. I may have more later.
8. Now it’s 2009, and I do have another suggestion related to your new song, Get on your Boots.
I think that the idea behind that song and title is that we should be getting on our boots on and getting to work to solve the worlds problems.
So my idea bomb to you is… All this carbon trading silliness is not the way to end climate change, because the rich are just buying off people, and still polluting. I agree with Roy McAlister that we should be getting the carbon out before we burn it, and make stuff out of it, like golf clubs, car bodies, and other products. I was investigating carbon fiber composite products online the other day, and saw that you can buy carbon fiber shoes.
Everyone is worrying about their “Carbon footprint” which is the amount of carbon they burn and pollution they emit to power their lives. You know because people are giving you a lot of crap about the large carbon footprint of your new tour and stage. (I heard over a hundred semi-trucks of stuff.)
But I am trying to turn that around, and remove that worry from people’s brains (brain pollution). We should be talking about Energy Abundance instead of energy conservation, because solar, wind, hydrogen and water are abundant for everyone and are zero emission, so we don’t have to conserve them. Also if you wasted any energy, what would you be wasting? Just sunshine, wind, tides, and water all of which there is more than enough of for everyone.
If you lived in a zero emission energy independent home, and drove a negative emission hydrogen burning car that cleaned the air as you drove, then you would have no carbon footprint, and wouldn’t have to worry about how much heat or lights you have on or how much you drive. All those semi-trucks that you use on your tour could be converted to burn hydrogen and be cleaning the air as you tour. They also could be generating their own hydrogen gas by having solar on their roves and using it to electrify water and generate Hydrogen as they drive or as they’re parked. Then you wouldn’t have to worry about how big your tour is, or how much you're polluting.
Also if people wore carbon fiber shoes, they would make Real Carbon Footprints!
I think that if you, Bono, wore a pair of carbon fiber boots it would make you’re efforts to mobilize humanity to save the planet that much more powerful. It would be a witty twist of words to, Get on your Boots, that you like, and you could use your star power to help open people’s minds and turn their brains around about this carbon issue. You could popularize carbon fiber boots, and even sell them at your shows and on your website. Wear them yourself and encourage others to wear their spiritually and politics, on their soles, as a way to take action to save the planet.
I just want to say one last thing.
Please see my chapter on, The Arts and Artist are Important because Our Vision, Creative Thinking, and Action Can Save the Planet. I’m taking the time to tell you all these suggestions, because I think that you, Bono, have the intelligence, courage, heart, and vision to hear them and act on them.
All your work for humanity has been so hugely beautiful, and you certainly have shown the world how important and powerful artists can be. But the thing that most impressed me about you is that you once said, “We want to be bigger the Beatles!” I didn’t think that was arrogant or boasting. People in this country talk down to people all the time, like “Who do you think you are?” and say mean nasty things to each other and their children like, “Smart ass!” etc… I think that each generation should be as smart and powerful as they can be, and not limit themselves to the standards of the previous generation, which constitutes the growth and potential of Humanity.
You had vision, not arrogance to say, ‘We can do better and be more powerful, than even the Beatles were.’ You deserve all your wealth and fame. You wouldn’t have any of it, if you acted hesitantly and fearfully or said, ‘Oh… we couldn’t possibly be better or bigger than the Beatles!’
Your attitude totally embodies the intent of my Invitations to Be More Powerful. Our ancestors started wars, were racists, held slaves, invented nuclear weapons, and have yet to find a cure for AIDS, or Hunger and Thirst. We all need to have the vision to do better then previous generations.
I believe that we can save the planet. We can end climate change, end hunger, thirst, poverty, and war.
Bono, you are thinking and acting to manifest such future everyday and the world has changed for the better because of your efforts.
I have been listening to, U2’s first album, Boy, as I write this book and one of my favorite songs of all your albums, is The Ocean. It’s a very short song, but the lyrics have spoken to me for years. “…And I felt like a Star, I felt the world could go far, If they listened to what I said…” I have felt that way for years and it’s the main motivation behind my writing this book. I honestly believe that the world would change for the better if people only listened to what I have to say and acted on it. You have not only felt that way, but you have told the world and acted on that intention, and the world has changed because of your passion, courage, compassion, and action. Thus you have been a huge inspiration to me.
I’m attempting to do the same with my life, my work, and with this book. Your new song, I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight, has the lyric “Every generation gets a chance to change the world. Pity the nation that won't listen to your boys and girls. Cos the sweetest melody is the one we haven't heard.” This book is my attempt to change the world, and I hope that these ideas, which you may not have heard before, are sweet music to your ears. I just turned 40, so I'm not much younger than you. Our generation can save the humanity and the planet, and I am joining you in taking action to save them. Hopefully some day I will be as successful as you have become. All things are possible.
Thanks again for choosing to be a Thoroughly Beautiful Person and a Hero for Humanity and for inspiring me, touching my heart, and moving my soul with your words, your music, and your activism.
Please now choose to be a Hero for the Planet as well, Bono.
Thank you for choosing to be even more powerful by hearing and acting on my wisdom, ideas, and suggestions, which are intended to make you more effective in your work. Please consider doing me the honor of accepting my appreciation and humble gifts in person and allowing me to dance for your pleasure.
I look forward to seeing how much more powerful you can become in the future, and where these ideas take your imagination and empower your work.
Thanks for listening and Rock On, Bono!
Ideas to Save the Planet
I’m including this letter in my book in an effort to communicate my ideas and suggestions to Bono in the hope that this book will find it's way into his hands, and it changes his life and the future of Humanity.
I’m doing my end by trying to help him by thinking up all these ideas, writing them down, and communicating them to him. That’s all I can do.
It’s now up to Bono to hear them and to act on them.
Please help me to get these ideas into Bono’s hands by giving him a copy of this book, telling him about them for me, and sending him a link to this web page.
Thank you for taking the time to read my mail and I hope that this letter finds you well and happy.
Thank you Oprah, for all your great, important, and powerful work. You’re an extremely powerful person who is effecting so much positive change in the world. My mother loves your show and magazine, too.
My name is Todd Norman and I’m writing a book called, Ideas to Save the Planet and this letter is going to be a chapter in my book.
I’m writing not only to give you some tools that I think you could use to Be More Powerful, and effective in manifesting even more positive change, and also to Save the planet. I also have a chapter in my book called, Women are Important and can Play and Pivotal Role in Saving the Planet, which you are also in. Please demonstrate how powerful you can be by acting on my suggestions and by supporting my efforts to save it.
I have self published my book, Ideas to Save the Planet, and I need some help in finding an agent and formal publisher. Please consider adding my book to your Book Club, have me on your show, and help me educate millions of women about what they can do to save the planet. You could also add grooming new authors, like me, to get published, to your book club program. Basically not just talking about good existing books, but also helping to manifest new good books, as well.
You could convert all your homes to solar, wind, water, and hydrogen fuel cells, and all your cars, and limos to burn hydrogen, by doing so you will be cleaning the air as you drive. You have the money to do this and it would be doing what you can to save the planet and to live sustainably, with zero emissions and energy independence. Roy McAlister, the President of the American Hydrogen Association, can help you to do it.
You could be converting all your offices, TV studios, production facilities, broadcast, etc… to hydrogen, solar, and wind. Imagine a zero emission energy independent Oprah Show! If you acted on this idea, you would be supporting sustainable technology manufacturing companies, installation jobs, and show the world that we don’t have to wait another 20 years to live this way. Every day you could be telling the World on your show something like this; “This a 100% zero emission and energy independent Show. I’m doing what I can to save the planet. Please join me in going all the way by Going Clear, instead of only going part way by Going Green. It is possible to live this way. So let’s Get on it!” You could be using your voice, example, and influence to help manifest more people living this way as well, including all the women of America, and all the celebrities that you have on your show. You could also wear an “I’m on it!” button, and encourage the nation to do the same.
You could be investing in sustainable technology companies, and/or starting your our manufacturing companies, and selling your own line of “Oprah fuel cells,” “Oprah solar panels,” wind Generators, electrolyzers, hydrogen gas tanks, fuel cell cars, or start hydrogen conversion auto garages, hydrogen gas stations, etc… The world needs these technologies now, not in 20 years. You could play a pivotal role in helping the world to live sustainably, sooner, by facilitating people to access the abundant energy that is all around them; sunshine, wind, hydrogen from water, tidal and wave power.
You could be doing shows on renewable energy, educating the public, and having town hall meeting like you did with health care. As well as shows about converting your homes and cars, and TV studio. And even have Roy McAlister and his college students convert a car to burn hydrogen on your stage.
You could have Give Away shows that give away solar panels, wind generators, residential hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen fuel cell cars, residential hydrogen gas stations, or paying to convert their existing cars to burn hydrogen, to your entire audience! Thus facilitating 350 something people living in zero emission and energy independent homes and driving zero emission and energy independent cars. You would be planting the seeds of change by doing so, because those people’s would then be examples to the rest of their communities of how to live sustainably, which would help generate others living this way, too. When that community has their next blackout, the house that you facilitated to be zero emission and energy independent, will be the only home with its lights on! That house will be literally a shining example to every house around them that living this way is a better way to go. Also others will be even more interested in converting to live that way when they find out that those people in that house, not only never have blackouts, but they don’t have to pay for electricity or heat ever again, and their power and heat can never be shut off!, for financial reasons or by a storm. Also the hydrogen cars that you give away or convert will be an example to everyone in their town of how to drive sustainably and save the planet. They will never have to pay for gasoline ever again, because they run their car off the hydrogen they produce themselves from Water, which they got off their rain gutter or water tap, and electrify with the sun, the wind, and fill up their cars from their own hydrogen gas station in their garage. If you acted on this idea you would not only be planting these seeds of change all over the nation and the World, but also supporting renewable energy manufacturing and installation jobs and helping to bring down the cost of these technologies, too. You could put in a large order of hydrogen fuel cells cars to GM or Ford, and jump start them building these cars.
You could also be adding giving away sustainable technologies to your Big Give show, as well.
All your future Harpo, TV and Movies, projects could be 100% Clear and ZEEI (zero emission energy independent) productions. You could also use your star power to include in your contracts that all your future movies be ZEEI productions, and even the trailer you rest in be powered with solar, wind, and hydrogen. (I’ve suggested that all the progressive Hollywood actors do the same. Please see my chapter on What Actors, Musicians, and Celebrities Can Do to Save the Planet, for more details.)
Thank you for all your beautiful, O Philanthropy, programs. I think it’s great that you’re helping so many people all over the World. Please add these suggestions to your philanthropic efforts.
Please add “Who Wants to Live Sustainably?” to your programs. If some one is alive enough to want to live sustainably, but they simply don’t have the money to live out that intention, they should get what they need to do so. I think that living in a zero emission and energy independent home or driving a hydrogen car are just as worthy of a charity as any other. You could not only be giving away renewable technologies to people on a give away show, but you could be giving them away everyday as apart of your philanthropy. I have a chapter in my book called, Philanthropy to Save the Planet, What Millionaires and Billionaires Can do to Save the Planet, and I’m suggesting that you and all millionaires and billionaires could be facilitating millions of people living and driving sustainably by giving to individuals and not only to nonprofits. Please help anyone who walks up to you and says, “I want to live sustainably.”
You could be putting solar panels, and wind generators and Fuel Cells on/in women’s shelters, and homeless shelters, too.
You could be funding the conversion of whole buildings in Chicago. It’s the windy city, right? There is a big lake and lots of water there, right? You could be converting entire housing projects, or whole city blocks of low income neighborhoods, to hydrogen, solar, and wind. (I’ve heard of a guy who's already is putting Wind generators on buildings in chicago, and you could help him.)
The schools that you’re building in Africa could be built out of Super Adobe, be disaster resistant, use 95% less wood, and zero emission and energy independent by being powered by hydrogen, solar, and wind.
Also Oprah, I wasn’t able to see your shows with Eckhart Tolle and healing the planet, because I didn’t have electricity to power my TV at the time because I was living in a shack. But from what I’ve gathered, you were talking about healing it spiritually. I think that’s great, but it’s just the beginning. I think that we all have to spiritually shift to make saving the planet a moral imperative, but then we have then act on that intention and realization by living and driving sustainably.
My ideas for ending climate change, as well as to end poverty, hunger and thirst, is for the world to get its fuel and fresh water from the oceans that are rising around every nation, and use it as a weapon against climate change. If we everyone had desalination plants and water pipelines instead of oil pipelines on their coastlines, everyone would have permanent fresh water, (no matter how the climate and weather patterns changes), for sanitation, farming, and for generating their own zero emission fuel, hydrogen. All cars and coal fired power plants can be converted to burn hydrogen and become negative emission by actually cleaning the air by fully burning the pollution that is already in the air. Thus it would end wars for oil, deaths from water born diseases, pollution, famines, deforestation, and desertification. It would also end poverty because it would help developing nations to develop without polluting. Please see the rest of this book for more details on these ideas and help me to manifest them.
I’m also saying in my book that living sustainably in the true defense of every person, child, family, and nation. Climate change took out New Orleans and entire American city, and did more damage than 9/11 did or World War II did to this country. We need to see that living sustainably and fighting climate change is in each person’s best interest. I want to mobilize women to harness their motherly instinct of protecting their children, towards saving the planet. They could be using their buying power to stimulate the renewable energy market by buying fuel cells, etc… because by doing so, they are taking action to not pollute their own families and children with their homes and cars. They also don’t have to send their children off to a war of oil or have their kids get Asthma from coal pollution, because they don’t need oil or coal anymore.
I have a lot of respect and admiration for you and all the great things you’ve chosen to do with your life. I hope that shines through in this chapter. I’m taking the time to write you because I know that you have the moral and spiritual conscience to act on these suggestions, as well as the money. You could be a spark that lights that fire of change and changes our collective mindsets by helping me to educate, empower, and mobilize the women of the world to save the planet and the future of humanity.
If you feel honored and supported by my words, and that my suggestions are helpful to you, and if you feel good about doing so, please consider helping me manifest my hopes and dreams and my projects to save the planet.
I have been trying to live sustainably in a disaster resistant, energy independent, and zero emission home for 9 years. My dream house is going to be built using Super Adobe which is hurricane, earthquake, tornado, fire, wind, hail, termite, mold, and mildew resistant. It’s also going to be zero emission and energy independent, because I’m going to power it with solar panels, wind generators, and a residential hydrogen fuel cell. I’m going to generate my own hydrogen gas from water, solar, and wind, and have a hydrogen gas station in my garage for my hydrogen burning car, too.
I’ve been homeless and penniless lately and I need a home and I could use some help. I’ve emailed you several time since 2004, about these ideas I’ve ask you to help me but no one has responded. I know you’re very busy and maybe you never got my mail, but please consider helping me now. Please consider having me on your show, putting my book on your Book Club, so I can get the word out about my book, educate women and the world about what everyone can do to save the planet, so I can earn the money I need to manifest my house, so I can do what I can to save my own life and save the planet.
I also need help with manifesting my other projects. I have ideas for 2 TV shows, Who Wants to Live Sustainably? and Modernize My Town which are shows like Extreme Home Makeover Edition, that give away renewable energy technologies to individuals homes and to whole small towns. I have an idea for a movie to save the planet, A Zero Emission Energy Independent Planet, which is a positive vision and depiction of the future where all the problems of the world are fixed, including climate change, and hunger and thirst, and Humanity thrives instead of being destroyed. I also would like to start a program to build Sustainable Homes for Native Peoples all over the world, and start my own philanthropic foundation The Double Happiness Foundation, where I would give away money to people who need it. I’m a Potter and Tai Chi Teacher and in my dream house I want to run my Double Happiness Studios, and have my own right livelihood, by making pots, teaching, and writing books, as well as being an example to the world sustainably living in my disaster resistant, zero emission, and energy independent home and small business.
I can’t manifest these ideas without the means to do so. Please consider helping me to make my vision and hopes and dreams a reality.
Please give me more, so I can do more.
When I am on your show maybe we can stretch it into a week of shows. I would like to invite Roy McAlister the President of the American Hydrogen Association, to convert one of your cars to burn Hydrogen on your stage and show you, and all of us, how to implement these suggestions. Also invite Al Gore, Leo DiCaprio, Bono, and Michael Moore on so I can tell them about my suggestions to them. Maybe we can convert Al Gore’s car too, and show him how he can be even more powerful in his work to save the planet. The last day we could have President Barack Obama on the show and educate and encourage him to mobilize the entire nation and the rest of the world to make this conversion.
I just heard that you will retire soon. You certainly deserve a rest after all your hard work. But if you’re retiring because you’ve run out of ideas for shows, I hope that I gave you some good new ideas. Also before you retire you could go out with a bang by manifesting all of these ideas. Also when you do your new cable network, it could be powered by hydrogen, solar, water, and wind, and it could be the first zero emission and energy independent cable network.
Well…, I think that is enough suggestions, for now.
Thank you Oprah for listening to me and for doing what you can to implement them. They are only offered to you with the intention of helping you be even more powerful and effective in manifesting your beautiful intention of helping others.
Please accept this Thoroughly Beautiful Person Award and Hero for Women Award from me for all your beautiful work. Thank you for your long service and beautiful contributions to our society, and to the physical and mental health and happiness of Women.
Oprah, please now consider becoming a Hero for the Planet as well, by acting on my suggestions and by doing what you can to help save the planet.
My helping you to be more powerful and your helping me have a home and to do what I can to save the planet, makes us both Mutually More Powerful, in every way.
So let’s do what we can to save the planet, you and me.
Ideas to Save the Planet
I’ve emailed several different versions of this Invitation to Be More Powerful to Oprah, several times over 5 years and hopefully I have now written and presented it well enough that she will finally hear me and help me.
If any one knows Oprah please tell her about this letter and forward it to her. Thanks for helping me and for the miracle connection.
Hopefully, all my efforts to educate and inspire Oprah to take action to save the planet will lead to a Mutually More Powerful and Beautiful Experience for me and for Oprah, and for all of humanity.
My name is Todd A. Norman, the author of the book, Ideas to Save the Planet. Congratulations on your election victory. I have been writing what I call Invitations to Be More Powerful for the past 11 years to famous people who I think can make a larger impact, if they only knew what I know. They are helpful letters of suggestion that are designed to effect positive change in the world and to make the receiver more effective in what they’re doing, and are one of my ideas to save the planet.
This is my second Invitation to Be More Powerful to you. You may recall that I wrote you in 5/14/08 to give you some suggestions to make you and your campaign more powerful so you could win the nomination and lead the nation to true energy independence. I’m sorry to say that I never heard back from you or your campaign and that you never acted on them.
I am following Tavis Smiley’s advice of “holding him Accountable” by writing again to hold you accountable and to help you and our nation to save our environment and our economy, and to help you to be more successful in your work, as well as to be worthy of your Nobel Prize and of my vote.
Thank you for calling for ideas and being open to them and I am here to answer that call. I recently heard you say that you honor Persistence. Please honor my persistence, by hearing my wisdom and acting on it. I have several suggestions for you, but the main points are regarding health care, economic growth, energy, and saving the planet from climate change.
Firstly, you cannot lead from the center. You have to lead from the front. Please stop speaking so eloquently but then acting so spinelessly. A lot of the criticisms that I’ve hear about your Administration is that you are not using the power of the Presidency powerfully enough and you are making too many compromises. Please choose to be more powerful in the way you implement your vision for Change in America. You can do so by acting on my ideas and by being more specific about your ideas when you propose them. Several times during the past 11 months you have stumbled because you were not specific enough. For instance the stock market went down in February after Secretary Geithner came out with his plan for the economic recovery. Why? Because they all said that his wasn’t specific enough.
I delayed finishing the second edition of my book and this letter because I wanted to add my reaction to your address to Congress on 9/9/09. I thought it was a good speech but again it could have been more powerful. One of the reasons that I voted for you, in addition to your vote against the Iraq war, was because of your interest in getting universal health care. I did not vote for you to get a government option. You are wrong about single payer, you have caved on this issue, and your popularity has gone down because of it, because the majority of Americans want a single payer health care system.
You also are now only talking about Health Coverage and not Health Care, which are not the same thing. Health care is between us and doctors and everyone just get whatever care they need when they need it.
You also only mentioned once in your speech that people die from a lack of heath care. It sounded like an afterthought and it was a missed opportunity. You didn’t turn and look at the Republicans and say that 18,000 – 44,000 Americans Die, every year from a lack of care and that over 1,000,000 have died since 1948 when they and the AMA defeated universal health care. You also didn’t say that the insurance industry is responsible for all those deaths be denying people coverage and making it too expensive for them to afford coverage and care. Also implement Health Care reform now and not in 2013, because 44,000 people a year are going to die from a lack of care over the next 4 years, which is 176,000 people.
You did mention that over half of the bankruptcies in this country were due to people’s inability to pay for the health care that they already have. But you did not say that the Insurance companies are actively pursuing bankruptcy legal action of hundreds of thousands of Americans every year.
If you have spent more time on that, instead of just barely mentioning it, it would have powerfully countered the Republicans opposition to your health care legislation and would have shamed them in front of the nation for their opposition to even the idea of ensuring that people have health care.
You have said repeatedly that having businesses pay for health care for their employees is bad for business and makes us less competitive and loses jobs. So why are you now for demanding the employers must cover all employees? Or that everyone MUST, by law, buy coverage from insurance companies? You should be putting them out of business for killing Americans instead of subsidizing them. You say that if people shop around for coverage it would lower the cost of care. I am one of those unemployed people who are very poor. I can’t afford insurance and haven’t had any for the past five years and I don’t have the money to shop for coverage. I would rather have single payer government run health care, from the taxes that I already pay, rather than subsidize insurance companies, and pay additional premiums.
You wouldn’t mandate that we all give Osama Bin Ladin money. Please don’t mandate that I buy insurance from insurance companies so they can continue to terrorize me with my own money. You should be dismantling these corporate terrorists and fighting them and other corporate powers, like Monsanto, like Theodore Roosevelt did, by enforcing the Sherman anti-trust laws.
Also you could have more powerfully rebutted all the arguments against your efforts this summer. You could have said that we already have Health Care Rationing, it’s called Managed Care! from insurance companies, which was invented by Kaiser Permante, the Republicans, and President Nixon.
Thank you for fighting back against Fox News, but please now focus on inspiring the rest of 75% of the nation and stop focusing on the very small percentage of Conservatives in the Republican Party.
Thank you for your efforts to eliminate all nuclear weapons from this planet. But please now also add ending all Nuclear Energy as well. Please Fire your Energy Secretary Chu for advocating for nuclear energy, and hire Roy McAlister, the President of the American Hydrogen Association. He has been working on hydrogen and has been converting gasoline car engines to burn hydrogen for 45 years. Those cars clean the air as they drive, and he has proven that you can generate hydrogen from solar and wind electricity and water. Please honor his efforts and persistence and hire him to help you to lead the nation to true energy independence, national security, and economic prosperity.
I am joining Roy and others in advocating for a world powered by solar, wind, and hydrogen, which are all zero emission and energy abundant. If we all had the means to access the energy that is all around us, we could stop scrounging and talking about energy conservation, waging wars for oil, or worrying about our carbon footprints, while fully saving the economy, the planet, and our children.
I was very disappointed that you canceled all funding for hydrogen. The hydrogen fuel cell was invented 170 years ago and we have already waited too long to use them in our homes and cars. NASA has been using them for 50 years and has done great things with them like powering their computers while going to the Moon and in the Space Shuttle. They use them because hydrogen fuel cells only have water vapor as its emission.
Thank you for recognizing our energy challenges and for wanting to fix them, but now go all the way in how you implement that intention. Go 100% Clear instead of taking baby steps by Going Green.
Here are some of my rebuttals to your Energy Plan Overview.
You have the goal of “Making the U.S. a Leader on Climate Change” but the way you are implementing that intention is terribly hesitant and isn’t going to get us there. You want to “Ensure that 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25% by 2025” which is a spineless goal, because you could be saying 100% by 2012.
Stop, “implementing an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.” NASA uses hydrogen fuel cells because they couldn’t afford to only “reduce emissions” in their space capsules, by 20%. They have to fully “eliminate all emission” 100% in order to survive in space. The World War II generation was not satisfied with defeating Hitler by 80% over 50 years, They did 100% of Hitler, Italy, and Japan in 3.5 years. You should leading the Nation to fight climate change with the same intensity as if you were going to war, and be massively funding hydrogen, solar, and wind technologies like we funded war technologies in WW II.
We are not even remotely as great as our greatest generation if we cannot mobilize the nation to build and install solar panels, wind generators, and hydrogen fuel cells in every home, business, and car in 4 years. We need to do this as the defense of the nation and of the economy because it would generate millions of jobs and a stronger economy than just the small amount of jobs that you are creating by Going Green or by fixing our infrastructure. We need to fix bridges, but those jobs are seasonal and temporary. If we were truly leading the world by becoming a zero emission and energy independent nation as well as by being the world’s largest Clear technology dealer instead of the world’s largest arms dealer, we would have lots more permanent year round jobs and they would last for 40-50 years, and turn around the current bad unemployment numbers. You can get started over this winter and don’t have to wait until summer.
You want to “Help create five Million new jobs by strategically investing $150 Billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.” That is a good start, but we need a lot more money to implement universal hydrogen, solar, and wind. You and Bush gave $700 Billion to banks in only one year and even though no bankers died and 18,000 Americans die every year from air pollution. We also spent $3 Trillion on Iraq, and $12 Trillion on Nuclear weapons. People in WW II didn’t say “it’s too expensive.” They just did what it took to survive. We need to have a serious commitment to saving our children, our planet, and our economy, and spend whatever it takes and mobilize the nation like we did during WW II to do it, and do it now, not over ten years.
Do so by mobilizing the entire US government and private companies to build, install, and maintain all these Clear technologies. You want to “Provide Short-term Relief to American Families” with your stimulus spending. But if you mobilized the nation to implement universal hydrogen, solar, and wind, those manufacturing, selling, and maintaining jobs would be long term relief, because we are not only going to convert every car, home, and business in America, but also to help to convert the entire planet by become the world biggest Clear technology exporter, which would also fix our foreign trade problem.
Businesses will be more prosperous, and save money that they no longer have to spend on electricity, heat, and fuel, and doing so will be great for their marketing. They will be able to say to their customers, ‘Buy from us, we’re doing our part and we’re not polluting your children.’ Also encourage them to get rich saving the planet and defending the nation, instead of by killing it, or other people with weapons of war. Also pollution at shipping ports from diesels trucks would go away if all those trucks were converted to burn hydrogen. In addition to putting manufacturing plants in larger cities, also put them in small towns such as in coal, fishing, timber towns, so they can have safe, year round, saving the planet jobs, instead of being unemployed or killing the planet or having to have a prison or casino just to have jobs.
Also thank you for calling on us to volunteer more and to help the nation, now please expand that to mobilize the nation to implement Universal hydrogen, solar, and wind. Revive the Civilian Conservation Corps, expand AmeriCorps, and even call out the National Guard to install solar panels, wind generators, and residential Hydrogen fuel cells, in-on every home, business, and government building. I also give you permission to steal my idea and make, I’m On it!, a national slogan. Your new posters and add campaigns could say, ‘Uncle Sam wants you - to get on it!’ or “I’m doing my part – I’m On it!” (Also please read my chapters on, Take the I’m On It! Pledge, and Honoring Everyday Heroship.)
I know that you intend to modernize our energy grid system, but stop focusing on the grid and energy companies, because all the money you put into to upgrading the grid is just going to get destroyed in the next hurricane Katrina, earthquakes, or by ice storms. Focus on giving the American people a bailout by giving every home and business solar panels, small residential Wind generators, and residential hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen gas tanks, and Hydrogen gas stations in their garages. If you did everyone would not have blackouts, it would remove power lines as a target for terrorism, and everyone would not have to pay for electricity or heat ever again. Also if you acted on Roy’s wisdom and converted every car and truck in America to burn hydrogen, and gave them electrolyzers, they could generate their own gas at home with solar, wind, and water and fill up their cars every morning. Thus they also would not have to pay for gas, and save thousands of dollars a year. Which would not only save the planet, but would also save the economy because in addition to people having more money from all these new jobs building, selling, and maintaining all that technology, and they would have thousands of extra dollars a year to spend that they are no longer spending on electricity, heat, and car fuel.
You are totally wrong about Clean Coal and you should stop advocating for it and funding it. Thank you for wanting to “Deploy the Cheapest, Cleanest, Fastest Energy Source – Energy Efficiency.” But please stop talking about using oil and coal slightly more efficiently. We don’t need coal anyway. Hydrogen, solar, and wind are energy abundant. When you modernize the power grid, consider converting coal fired power plants to burn hydrogen. This would be quicker and easier than building all new power plants, and if would immediately make the entire grid zero emission and energy independent, as well as smarter and more reliable.
Also stop allowing mountain top removal during coal mining. Stop sequestering carbon dioxide gas in the ground, after we burn Coal, because it’s a total waste of money, because that gas is just going to get released by earthquakes. We need to stop burning carbon and sequester it – before we burn it – and use that carbon to make carbon fibers and make stuff out of it instead of burning it. Carbon fibers are 10x stronger than steel and 4x lighter than aluminum. We could be leading the world in this technology, using them to build the Wind generators and Hydrogen gas tanks, and you could be using it in your efforts to fix our infrastructure and building new bridges, because they can be use to make girders that don’t rust, thus your efforts would be stronger, last longer, and be safer.
Also lead the nation by example and start by converting the White House to solar, wind, and hydrogen, as well as all Federal buildings, cars, Post offices and Congress. Convert the Washington DC Power Plant to burn Hydrogen then work to make every State and Local government zero emission and energy independent because as we learned in hurricane Katrina, we need the government to be reliably powered and up and running in emergencies, as well as to not pollute their communities with their operations.
You want to “Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars - cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America.” and “Create a New $7,000 Tax Credit for Purchasing Advanced Vehicles.” “Establish a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard.” All that is great, but instead of working to still be efficiently using gasoline that is polluting our children you could be advocating for Hydrogen cars and converting cars to Hydrogen and using your influence with Ford and GM to make Hydrogen cars, because they all have hydrogen fuel cell prototypes. Roy McAlister and his college students have converting gasoline engines to burn hydrogen for 45 years, and those cars clean the air as they drive. So GM and Ford with their billions should be able to do it. Also set up conversion places like emission testing facilities and encourage all car dealerships to convert cars, so all the 300 million cars on the road can be cleaning up the air while we wait to get new fuel cell cars. Also work to manifest Hydrogen gas stations like they did in California. You could have done that instead of destroying cars in Cash for Clunkers, which was a temporary solution. Those old cars didn’t have to be destroyed, because they could have been converted to Hydrogen, for less money ($2,000), and be cleaning the air instead of filling up landfills.
You want to “Eliminate Our Current Imports from the Middle East and Venezuela within 10 Years” but that will do nothing to fight Climate Change because we will still be using Oil, just domestic oil, instead of foreign oil.
You want to “Promote the Responsible Domestic Production of oil and natural gas.” But all that is unnecessary if you listened to me. We could be definitely striking hydrogen in the 3 oceans of water that are all around us and have unlimited water no matter what Climate Change does to our weather pattern, by desalinating seawater. We could be generating hydrogen by electrifying fresh water with solar, wind, and tidal power, and have a consistent, zero emission, and unlimited fuel for power plants, cars, and homes.
You want to “Prioritize the Construction of the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline.” But that would be unnecessary if we made desalination a priority instead because we could become truly energy independent by getting unlimited zero emission fuel from the oceans that are all around us. The US should also become the world leader in desalination and water pipelines. Please also stop the privatization of water. Doing so would end hunger, thirst, and poverty on this planet because every nation would have water for farming, sanitation, and fuel.
We do need to continue to do all the little “Green” things like “Weatherize One million Homes Annually.” But we also need to Go all the way, and Go Clear, directly to zero emission and 100% energy independence. Stop talking about “Reducing emissions” and starting saying “eliminating all emissions” and becoming “Clean” not just “Cleaner.” I’m talking about you adding a 6th Star to the LEED Certification program and it should be a Clear Star. You get one if you are totally 100% Clear - zero emission and energy independent. That star should be made out of Clear veggie plastic. You also should expand that program to include factories.
We should be willing to go into debt for universal hydrogen fuel cells, solar panels, and wind generators, because we need to take action to save the planet by discontinuing to pollute the atmosphere, and to ensure the future generations have a planet to live on at all. Also because the next generation, who has to pay for that debt, will actually get something for their money. They will get solar panels, wind generators, and fuel cells, clean air, and no more wars for oil. Also all the millions of jobs, new business, and manufacturing companies will generate more taxes, and the stronger economy would help to pay off whatever amount of debt we have to go into. This stronger economy will also pay for Universal College, universal health care, and the baby boom entitlements programs.
Stop supporting bio fuels because they still pollute and the only reason that politicians support it is because they have farmers in their districts. Farmers can be generating hydrogen, with solar, wind, and water, to operate their farms, and to sell hydrogen to local gas stations and power plants, while still growing food. Fund them being able to do so. Also support veggie plastics. Mandate that all plastic bags; trash bags, food containers, and packaging, and all manufactures like Glad convert to veggie plastics that degrade and compost, because plastic trash is a governmental problem because they have to pay for the trash and the health care of people who get sick from petroleum plastics.
Lead by example. You are the leader of the Democratic Party. You could be implementing my idea for a zero emission and energy independent (ZEEI) Democratic Party. You could run your reelection campaign on hydrogen, solar, and wind and save the 2010 mid-term elections by mobilizing the nation and by encouraging all Democratic candidates to run ZEEI campaigns. Instead of spending hundreds of millions on stupid TV commercial, spend it on American made Clear technologies and American jobs. Do it now before it’s too late. If you do you will win over voters and totally win every election, and instead of losing seats you would gain seats, and thus be able to implement your agenda.
You can start this mobilization of the nation by making a powerful and dramatic demonstration in a address the nation on prime time TV. Show us a hydrogen fuel cell on the desk in the Oval Office and condense the water vapor off its tail pipe and drink the water in front of everyone. Then share that glass of new water with your daughters and your wife. Then tell the nation that this energy is safe and abundant and is something that we all can be proud of. You wouldn’t feed your children nuclear waste, or coal and oil emissions, and we should stop doing so. Give us all a tour of the White House that has now been converted to hydrogen, solar, and wind. Then announce your plan to convert the rest of the nation.
Additionally, thank you for demonstrating that this is a nation that is founded on the Rule of Law and for prosecuting terrorist suspects in US courts and in US jails. But you are wrong about looking forward instead of looking back in regards to persecuting members of the Bush administration. Many of them committed multiple crimes against this nation and they deserve to go to jail for their crimes. This attitude of being fearful of even the appearance of being partisan is preventing you from acting properly. All of their crimes were due to the fact there were people in the Nixon administration, such as Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld, who were not persecuted, and they all came back to do all these recent crimes. Please do your job and defend the nation and the Constitution and do not let them get away it.
Start saying “Citizens” instead of saying “Tax Payers” because it’s divisive. Poor people are citizens too and we should stop making it all about money.
Also stop businesses from abusing credit information. People shouldn’t have to be subjected to a credit check in order to get a job. How can you get good credit if you can’t get a job?
I still have faith in you. I have the audacity to hope that you will choose to be even greater than FDR and Kennedy, and an even more powerful environmentalist than Al Gore. Please make the most of your time in office. Turn around our economy, put 100’s of millions of people to work, and turn the biggest polluting nation into a 100% zero emission and energy independent nation.
Then work to manifest a zero emission planet. Encourage every nation to make this conversion and send Clear technologies as foreign aid and work in the UN. Our problems with Iran and Korea involve nuclear energy. You could solve them by giving them hydrogen and desalination technologies instead, so they don’t need to use nuclear energy, which they can use to make nuclear weapons. You could also demonstrate that developing nations don’t have to pollute in order to develop, by giving them the tools they need to access the abundant energy that is all around them. The EU could be energy independent and not be held hostage to Russia for its heating gas, because it could be getting its gas, Hydrogen, from the oceans that are all around them. So could China, India, Africa, and every nation, which would stop the need for wars for oil. I’m going to tell the world about these ideas because I think that every nation needs to make these changes. You can either choose to lead the world into a zero emission future or you can follow them. You can either buy hydrogen, solar, and wind from other nations or build it and sell it to them and benefit economically from doing so. You can either Lead and win politically or lose and get slapped around for your inaction.
Go all the way and lead the nation and the world into a zero emission future, because it is the true defense of the nation, economically, politically, and environmentally, and the true defense of your children. This generation can become even greater than our greatest generation, if you only lead us to save the world, again. Please answer My Call to Greatness, and take my I’m On It! Pledge, then live it, and make it the slogan of the nation. Wear an, I’m on it! button and encourage the rest of us to do the same.
Lastly on a personal note, I’ve been very poor during the last five years, have even been homeless while writing my book, and am currently unemployed. I’d like to go to work for your administration and help you to implement these ideas. Maybe I can be a consultant as your Idea-man, or a assistant to Roy McAlister in the Energy Department when you hire him. Additionally I’ve planned to build a zero emission, energy independent, and disaster resistant home for 9 years. I’m selling my book to raise the money I need to build it so I can stop being homeless, finally live out my right livelihood of being a full-time Potter and Writer, as well as to save the planet. This letter has only a few of my ideas. Please read the copy of the second edition my book I’m going to send you and consider helping me get the word out about it to help me be successful in my efforts, in return for my helping you to be successful in yours. Maybe you can help me get on Oprah, and appear with me when I educate her and the nation’s women about these ideas, and when we convert her show, offices, and cars, as well as Al Gore’s car on national TV. I also have ideas for 2 TV shows, Who Wants to Live Sustainably?, and Modernize My Town, which will convert entire homes, cars, and small towns to hydrogen, solar, and wind. I also have an idea for a movie called, A Zero Emission Energy Independent Planet, which is a positive depiction of the future were all of our collective problems are fixed and shows the world how we can get there. Will Smith could play you in it as the President who’s bold vision inspired us to manifest such a future. I could use some miracle connections to an agent and to people in Hollywood to get these projects manifested. Thank you for helping to do what I can to Get On saving our nation and the planet.
I’ve answered your call for ideas. Thank you for taking the time to listen to me and for acting on my wisdom. Please say Yes to these ideas and suggestions, the way that I’ve said Yes to you with my vote. They are only offered to you to help you and our nation to succeed and to survive. Please reply to this mail and let’s make it happen, you and me.
The future of our nation and the planet depends on it.
Todd A. Norman
Ideas to Save the Planet
The following is My First Invitation to Be More Powerful to Barack Obama. I wanted to help Barack Obama win the nomination, so I wrote to give him some suggestions.
Dear Sen. Barack Obama,
I hope this letter finds you well and happy.
My name is Todd Norman and I have some ideas that can help you be more powerful and effective in your Presidential campaign and in your intention of manifesting positive change for America.
Thank you for listening and acting on these suggestions.
I’ve suggested to Howard Dean and others in the Democratic Party that they go all the way and Go Clear instead of just Going Green, by donating hydrogen, solar, and wind technologies to The Pepsi Center and convert the 2008 Democratic National Convention to be the first zero emission and energy independent Convention ever. I also suggested that the entire Party use these technologies to run their offices, cars, buses, and TV studios, commercials, speeches, and run zero emission and energy independent campaigns, and thus do what they can to lead the nation to fight Climate Change.
I did send your campaign an email about it in early 2007 in an effort get you to add your support to these ideas, but no one ever got back to me. Maybe you just didn’t get my mail because it was filtered out by your staff. So I’m writing, again, to try to communicate these ideas to you in the hope that you will hear my wisdom, act on it, be more successful in your campaign and save the planet, our country, and our economy by leading the entire nation to become zero emission and energy independent.
Howard Dean said, "We're looking into it,” when I spoke to him and there is going to be a lot of Green aspects to the Convention, but no one ever talk to me about these ideas so I can only assume that they are not implementing them. It’s probably too late to add your support of my Convention idea. I gave them to the Party 1.5 years ago, so they had plenty of time to do it. But you still could advocate for these technologies and add my other ideas to your campaign and to your agenda when you are elected.
If it is too late to convert the entire building of the Convention, and the Democratic National Committee won’t take action, then you could give your acceptance speech at the Convention with your microphone powered by a portable hydrogen fuel cell. It could still be the first zero emission and energy independent Presidential Nomination.
Please consider using some of your TV Commercial campaign money to buy solar panels, small wind generators, and hydrogen fuel cells, convert your campaign offices, and your limos, cars, and tour buses to burn hydrogen, because doing so makes them negative emission and they clean the air instead of polluting it, as you drive.
Please make the conversion to sustainable technologies a personal priority in your own life and your campaign, then a national priority when you’re elected.
If you did, you would get free advertising, on top of clean technologies. You could be on all the media for your hydrogen fuel powered speeches and commercials, and hydrogen burning cars and buses, and your bold vision for reviving the economy and saving the planet, instead of being on all the media about Pastor Wright.
I used to be a TV Reporter in a small town, and if you had rolled up to my town in a negative emission hydrogen burning Bus, that runs on the Hydrogen gas you produced yourself, I would have come out to cover that. Thus you would have received free media coverage in my town. I went to a Democratic Caucus meeting and there were people for the national party talking about the Convention, and they said that they are having a hard time getting their message out, because people use cell phones now, which they can’t call, and they have TVO’s that cut out commercials. But people don’t usually block the news, or news papers! This conversion would generate local and national news coverage, for free, and you’re media money would be more effective in getting your message out, more than just another TV commercial would. You could also highlight these technologies and your use of them, in the TV commercials you do make, and even use them to power the TV studio you use to shoot your commercials, which would make them more powerful, visionary, and effective, and generate even more free media coverage.
You would then be financially supporting sustainable technology manufacturing companies and American jobs, with some of your campaign millions, instead of giving it all to Media Corporations.
You would prove to the voters, with your actions, that you’re serious about fighting climate change and our energy independence, and demonstrating what you’re going to do when you get into office, and not just talking about it.
You could not only be historic as the first African American President, but you could also be historic for the first zero emission and energy independent Presidential campaign and nomination, as well.
If you need money to do this, you could talk to Oprah. I’m sure she and others will be very willing to contribute money to your buying Solar panels, wind generators, and hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen buses, cars, and limos, and supporting your efforts to save the planet, rather than giving money to just another TV commercial. Also talk to Roy McAlister, the President of the American Hydrogen Association, who can help you convert the cars, limos, and buses.
You could also demand that the Presidential Debates – the stage, the room, and the broadcast, be powered cleanly, as well.
I’m sorry I haven’t read your book, The Audacity of Hope, but I’m impressed by your passion, intelligence, and vision. If you acted on these ideas you could be winning over more voters by putting more substance behind your rhetoric about Hope and Change.
Thank you for opposing the Iraq war. That’s the main reason I’m supporting you in your bid for office, by attempting to make it more powerful. Now please demonstrate that we don’t need wars for oil, by running a Clear, clean, and zero emission energy independent campaign, because it makes your efforts against the war more powerful and effective.
Please stop supporting off shore oil drilling, clean coal, and nuclear energy as a solution to our energy crisis and climate change.
Hydrogen beats oil and nuclear on every level, environmentally, economically, and politically. Converting to renewable and clean sources of energy would totally help our failing economy, create jobs, clean up our skies, eliminate our need to fight wars for oil, and be doing what we can to save the Planet for our children.
Hydrogen beats oil politically because you will be able to powerfully say to the American people... ‘I’m living out my spirituality, morality, and politics by running a zero emission and energy independent, “Clear,” campaign. My tour bus is a negative emission bus and we are cleaning the air as we drive. I’m not polluting your children with my home, car, and operations. If you choose me, my polices will not pollute or bankrupt your children and I will lead the nation to become zero emission and energy independent. With my plan we will never again be held hostage to high energy, transportation, health care, and food costs. My opponent is polluting your children with his car, his choices and policies, and is happy to have your children fight a war for oil for another 100 years. I voted against the Iraq war and everyday I’m proving that we don’t have to have wars for oil, because we don’t need to use oil any more to fuel our cars or power and heat our homes. My opponent’s policies are killing our economy, the planet, our best and brightest, and people in other countries, unnecessarily for oil. I am not.
I believe that saving the planet is the true defense of every nation and every child. I have the passion, vision, and talent to change America for the better. Therefore I believe that I am your Clear choice to lead our nation and the world into this new century. We can save the planet and our economy by going into a better direction. So let’s all, get on it, now!’
If you spoke and acted that powerfully, people would be even more impressed, inspired, and you would win over more voters, including independent and non-voters, which as you rightly point out are 50% of the population, and who could greatly help you get elected.
Please also be more powerful and specific about what you’re going to do in office. Not being specific enough was the mistake that Al Gore and John Kerry made when they ran, and they ended up appearing to be vague and spineless.
My new book, Ideas to Save the Planet, is coming out soon and this letter is a chapter in it. I plan to send you a copy when it’s printed. Please read it and especially my other chapters, My Call to Greatness to the American People, My Invitations to Be More Powerful Al Gore, Gov. Ritter, and The Democratic Party, and What Politicians Can Do, for more details specific ideas and on what I think politicians can do to save the planet. Please act on these ideas when you get into office.
Also, when you win the election please drive up to the Inauguration in a hydrogen burning limo and power that speech with a fuel cell, as well. Convert the White House to solar, wind, and hydrogen, then lead the nation by your example.
Thank you for listening and acting on these ideas. I hope they are helpful to you and to our nation.
Sen. Obama, please choose to Be More Powerful and lead the United States and the world to fight climate change by becoming zero emission and energy independent. The survival of the planet and prosperity and security of our nation depends on it.
Todd A. Norman
Ideas to Save the Planet
Unfortunately, he didn't listen to me. If he had, doing so would have given more substance to his slogans about Change and he would have more powerfully countered McCain's ideas about using nuclear energy and off shore drilling. (We would for sure strike hydrogen off shore in seawater, but we may or may not strike oil or gas. Also Hydrogen is 100% zero emission, and Nuclear is deadly for millions of years.) And we would be further down the road to a zero emission and energy independent nation and planet.
I voted for Obama and I'm glad he won, I was just trying to make him more powerful so he could win, and to inspire him fix our economy, lead the nation to real energy independence, and fight global warming.
Now that he has won, I've written him again to help him mobilize the nation to save the planet.
Hopefully he will listen to me and act on these ideas in the future. All things are possible.
I've been an activist for 15 years. I'm selling my book not only to save the planet, but to save my own life and to raise the money I need to live out my own advice by building a zero emission, energy independent, and disaster resistant home, that I've been planning for 12 years.