"Also: I support Barrack Obama. I think we are lucky to have a president who combines both character and intellect as he does. I greatly admire this president.
1) I support his health care proposals. As they say, “But for the grace of God go I”. When you lose your job, which can happen to any of us, health care costs can destroy our families; people have got to start caring about other people in that regard. These days it seems republican demagogic sloganeering has replaced critical thinking on the health care issue. They simply don’t care.
2) I support Obama’s call for renewable energy resources such as solar photovoltaics and his call for high mileage small hybrid vehicles. However my interest in green is purely of a national security, patriotic, nature: I do not support shutting down coal power plants and other home grown power sources, have no interest at all in carbon taxes and such and I favor starting up Bellefonte and opening the Nevada nuclear waste depository. But ultimately, for a sustainable future, we need full PV roof coverage, energy conservation, small hybrid cars. That is where the emphasis has to be. My campaign motto is: “complete PV coverage of all roofs”, “the only good SUV is a scrap metal SUV”. Also green industry is now a ½ trillion dollar business worldwide (leaving us way behind), surpassing even the defense industry. China is now the leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaics (PV). In that regard northern Alabama (Huntsville, Florence,) should follow the lead of Gainsville Florida which has attracted a lot of green manufacturing industries to that city with guaranteed product purchase, power agreements. We have to do this. If we are smart we might even get help from the Obama administration in jump starting such an effort and talk TVA into getting on board as well. We will have a lot to show for it if we follow this path, will be stuck in the dark ages (in terms of green technology) if we don’t.
3) I support the intervention in Afghanistan as does the president. The 911 terrorists struck from there, we had to respond. But I think going green, getting off our dependence on Mideast oil, is the most important long term response to 911. We should not have anything to do with Mideast religious extremists, let alone finance their jihadist allies. Our petroleum imports force us into this debilitating (for our county’s future) dependence on them.
4) I support Obama’s interest in innovative private space initiatives, but it has to be thought out. For example Burt Rutan’s assisted launch methods have the potential for single stage to orbit for manned space flight, making commercial airline type utilization of low orbit space a real possibility (as opposed to NASA perpetually reinventing 1960s multistage technology, thereby putting a stop to our future instead). Rutan has demonstrated these kinds of capabilities, winning the 10 million dollar Ansari prize for example. Unfortunately Obama appears unlikely to fund the Rutan effort, instead will funnel the money into old 1960s technology spaceX, blue origin, and thereby will waste the money (we will in the end have nothing to show for that particular effort); better to continue on with Ares I and Ares V than to do what he has actually proposed; at least we will be back on the moon then, doing something in space, and can still maintain the space station without Russian help if need be.
5) I support Hillary Clinton’s (Obama’s Secretary of State) recent statement in Guatemala that ultimately the 350billion dollar a year illicit US drug trade is caused by demand in the United States. If every citizen in this country expressed moral outrage at this 1960s hangers-on-fad, it would go away, along with the decimation of human lives, especially our children’s, it is continuing to cause. People that do illegal drugs have a lot of blood on their hands, especially of those courageous people in Latin America trying to put a stop to this scourge. That was the message I got from Hillary Clinton’s speech. It was in fact shocking to hear the republican party objections to her statements. They lost the moral high ground on that one for sure.
Sincerely, Dr. David Maker firstname.lastname@example.org
Did my PhD dissertation at Marshall Space Flight Center. Got innovation award there. PhD in physics. Taught college physics for 12 years. Been working in the field. Worked for both MDA and NASA. Can work with them on an informed basis. Hobbies: Raising a family. Activism on green initiatives Giving lectures on a new generally covariant generalization of the Dirac equation that does not require gauges (http:/davidmaker.com) (http://davidmaker.com. But recently added political platform under section called ‘introduction’) If you support the president as I do, are tired of sloganeering replacing rational discussion, want to get northern Alabama in on the green revolution that is in high gear in the rest of the world, then please support this candidacy. ___________________________________________________________________________ Appendix Proposal to TVA I work as a physicist in Huntsville AL. I would like to submit a proposal to the TVA for large scale rooftop photovoltaic (PV) energy system that would go a long way in solving our energy needs here in the Tennessee Valley. The idea is that if TVA can pay the same amount of money and take the same amount of time to get the same amount of power from roof top solar photovoltaics as they would a new nuclear plant then why not go the solar photovoltaic route instead? TVA will then avoid all the problems they have with the nuclear plant licensing and construction process. Plus TVA would add to its reputation as the premier sustainable resource utility, be a pioneer in the use of a new type of renewable resource.
PROPOSAL It requires 10 years and about 5-10 billion dollars to build a 1 gigawatt nuclear power plant these days. There are all kinds of costs, especially facilities for insuring safety, legal fees, the political problems with nuclear waste disposal. So constructing a nuclear power plant and is a great deal of trouble. But in that same 10 years you could still get that same 1 gigawatt for 2 billion dollars by installing thin film solar photovoltaics (at $114 per 100 watts+20% for other costs (2)) on roof tops! This could be accomplished by covering just 90 (~1000sqft roof) houses per day for that same 10 years with solar photovoltaics (PV) (2) And with no new power going through the grid you do not need to add to the grid power line, transformer utility system!
So let us try a new paradigm: Photovoltaics! Why not go this solar route? TVA would need a:
1) 1000 person team for covering the 90 houses per day and for selecting the houses (train roofers for this). They would cover 330,000 houses in that 10 years. Large business facilities with flat roofs would also be excellent candidates
2) These systems would have to be free with no home owner monetary investment. We could supplement the solar panels with a $1000 gift after installation. The price of installation is less than 1/5 the cost of the solar panels themselves and included here.
3) We could install double pane window glass with the solar panels to also lower energy heating and cooling requirements.
4) Need advertisements about the advantages of this proposal.
5) Prices could go down with modularization and mass production of panels, batteries and inverters
6) Best to use new electrolytic capacitors (with their superior amp*hr/kg capacity) for electrical energy storage instead of lead acid batteries: United States Patent 6853537 Germany already has embarked on a similar program. They now corner 40% of the world PV market. California has a program three times the size of the program being advocated here. China is rapidly taking over the PV manufacturing as well.
Notes (1) For a 1000sqft house there would be 11 kilowatts output at 10% efficiency solar energy conversion to electrical energy for sun at zenith. But in practice we should drop this estimate to about 5 kilowatts because of various other inefficiencies such as battery storage, panel positioning, shading, hot panels, etc.. By installing double paned window glass and more thermal insulation we could raise this effectively by about 1 kilowatt. Coverage of (nearly) every square inch of roof is a requirement for this proposal to get this total over all residences of 1gigawatt. No compromise here.