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What touches every family in this country, energy costs, and energy costs touches everything. The cure to todays problem is really not that complicated, its JOBS, what will generate jobs, ENERGY CONSERVATION. It seems that Detroit is beginning to be serious about getting its act together with fuel efficiency.

If our transportation requirements are heading in the right direction, what consumes most of our energy needs, heating our homes and buildings? If we can reduce our heating needs by 30% to 90%, what have we accomplished? We’ve reduced our dependency on

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imported oil, which reduces our trade imbalance, which reduces our oil consumption, which reduces OPEC power, which lowers the cost of oil, which extends the lifespan of producing oil, which means no oil wars, which means no American lives loss in the name of oil, which puts more expendable money in our economy, which stimulates the economy, which strengthens the dollar, which means more jobs, which means more taxes, which means it pays down the deficit. Doesn’t sound too difficult, should I draw you a flow chart Washington?

If we don’t act now, how many families can afford $5 or $6 per gallon of oil to heat their homes? These prices are just around the corner. How do we get there? To reach these percentages we need to retrofit the shell of most buildings with better windows and doors and 3 to 4 times the normal insulation. Housing in Germany under the Passive House name has reached these numbers for 10 years and 100,000 homes. This movement started in this country back in the early 80’s, except no one was listening. Let’s not make the same mistake again. How many homes are in this country, millions, which means thousands of trades people are employed, will means thousands of workers to make new windows, doors, insulation, siding, roofing,etc. and if all these workers are spending money, there will be thousands of workers working where ever the money is spent. Two of the major problems we are facing today will improve, housing foreclosures will be down do to people working, the real estate market starts to stabilize and improves, all putting people back to work.

Today we consume 7.2 billion gallons of oil for heating needs mainly in the northeast, if we use just 60% less, 4,320,000,000 gals x $3.50 per gallon cost= $15,100,000,000 or we can roughly save in excess of 15 billion dollars per year that can be put into the economy of the northeast. What would the savings be for the whole country? Are we getting this?

Until this country gets serious about our energy use we’ll will be under the thumb of OPEC. The biggest terror threat this country faces isn’t the Taliban, it’s an oil shortage. Just think no more wars in the name of oil, no more lives destroyed in the name of oil. The billions spent on war would stay in this country.

Would we survive another oil embargo similar to the one we faced in the 1970s? I think not.

It’s time to take the first step. It’s time for action. Had our leader’s taken action during the 70’s where would be today, not where we are today. If we don’t take this step, we’ll be a bankrupt country in 10 years, slaves to the oil sheiks.

It’s time for all generations to step up to the plate and solve these problems once and for all.

Otherwise, it’s not the future I had envisioned for my children.