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  •  my congressman might be ... (11+ / 0-)

    ... somewhat amenable to Energize America. and he is a Dem - problem is, he's also demonstrated a propensity for Inhofianism

    it's Dan Boren, congressman for northeastern Oklahoma - and i'd be absolutely willing to begin hounding him (in an extremely professional and only once every two-three weeks manner, of course) about it

    it's my sense Energize America could very well be a go in these parts. we have our crazy right wingers - but this county is 75% Democratic and very beautiful (Ozarks, Ancient Forest, scenic rivers, etc) and environmentally very fragile.

    ... which brings up a question ... hmmm.

    yoohoo! Jerome!

    how about Cherokee Nation? this is Cherokee Nation here, meaning a tremendous number of Boren's constituents are also members of Cherokee Nation, and Cherokee Nation can, to an extent, run the show in this area politically.

    perhaps Cherokee Nation should be made aware of Energize America? it would be a boon for them, as they're responsible for ensuring the Cherokee citizenry in this specific territory (which encompasses 14 counties, so is pretty large) is safe, warm in winter, cool in summer, etc.

    should i begin sending them the info, too?

    It's the planet, stupid. - Fishoutofwater

    by cookiebear on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 06:31:15 AM PST

    •  Please do (8+ / 0-)

      This is open source, it's open to all to use and distribute and publicize. The more the better.

      Plus it also makes dKos looks good...

    •  There's an odd nexis (6+ / 0-)
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      Xan, mataliandy, cookiebear, lcrp, atdnext, A Siegel

      Because some of the wingier nuts tend towards survivalism, and some of the energy independence things brought down to the local level actually are a pretty good match for that kind of thinking.  Actions that pump the part of the economy that makes non-oil energy stuff tend to drive down prices, for example.

      I'm thinking your region is pretty well suited to both solar and wind energy, for example.

      •  exactly (3+ / 0-)
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        re: the nexis

        and exactly re: the solar and pretty much the wind. although the central and western parts of the state are actually perfect matches for wind --- gad, it's almost unliveable there not only because it's so barren and (in my opinion) nearly semi-desert, but the wind never stops blowing!

        It's the planet, stupid. - Fishoutofwater

        by cookiebear on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 08:13:42 AM PST

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    •  Cherokee Nation Wind Power???? (3+ / 0-)
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      What are the wind conditions in your area? For example ...

      As well, investing in energy efficiency within the Nation ... and getting the Bureau of Indian Affairs to start investing that way.

      Invest in our infrastructure with a focus on COST TO OWN rather than 'cost to buy', and we will see tremendous leaps forward in energy efficiency and lower GHG footprints.  It is HIGHLY COST EFFECTIVE to build smart, as long as you are thinking about the day after you move in and not just the day you sign the contract.  This is true for individuals, communities (community centers, schools, police stations, etc), businesses, and government at all levels.

      Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

      by A Siegel on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 09:26:42 AM PST

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      •  better Kiowa or Kickapoo Wind Power (3+ / 0-)
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        the tribes in the central and western part of the state are in Wind City, and much poorer than Cherokee Nation. weather conditions there are much worse, as well --- i've been in 125 degree temps there before and winters are brutal

        we have wind here, but nothing like they have --- this is the gateway to the south basically and we're classfied by some as southeastern, so the climate is very different. wind power is doable, but solar would be a better bet, imo.

        but west of us? definitely prime for wind power

        the gov't determines the kinds of housing tribes are able to put up --- so, hmmmm.

        but Cherokee Nation just started installing pellet stoves in eligible homes, in part, if i understand correctly, as an energy efficiency measure - although there are much more efficient ways of heating, it shows there's some room for discussion.

        i definitely think you're onto something here

        It's the planet, stupid. - Fishoutofwater

        by cookiebear on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 09:42:09 AM PST

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      •  Oh lord, this is gonna involve Interior (1+ / 0-)
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        means are the ends

        most graft-ridden, crook-infested, incompetent-when-not-crook staffed agency in the US government.

        Sigh. Oh well, we were going to have to clean them up anyway. But anything to do with Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Forest Service, NPS and other agencies--which by all rights and logic should be in the forefront of conservation and EnergizeAmerica type activities--is going to be a lot harder than it otherwise would be if we had sane honest people in charge there.

        Onward & upward & all that.. :)

        Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?

        by Xan on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 10:32:12 AM PST

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