Good Day President Obama,
I hope this letter finds you well and happy.
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