Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Congratulations President Elect Barack Obama

Congratulations to President elect, Barack Obama and his dear wife, Michelle as well as their two beautiful daughters and extended families. Yes we can, we did it and we have overcome.

The day after one of the most memorable and historic days in the history of our nation, it has suddenly materialized that we have been able to rise to the call of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s to judge a man by the content of his character and not by the color of his skin. We have a President for the people, by the people and from the people - this is the true meaning of government.

As Americans, it's good to see the overwhelming reaction to this momentous occasion and the pride that one's feels from being a witness to the reactions from people around the globe. Isn't this what we want to achieve as Americans, the admiration and respect of the world? Imagine that President elect, Obama has not yet assumed office but his election has already been able to bring many, many people together.

To draw from one of the many lines in his victory speech, if there is anyone who still doubts that anything is possible in America - you now have your answer. Everyone around the world has been watching us to see if we would have risen to the occasion. America can be the one to watch still and the one to lead the world by example. Perhaps, we can now look forward to the elevation of rappers with rap music that's thought-provoking as a balance to thug music.

All of us should now look to that unity of spirit that was created for the elections by using the same organizing strategy to mobilize in our local communities to implement some of the changes that are so desperately needed at the grassroots level. This is proof positive that the power to change lies amongst us and in each of us - yes we can so believe in yourself.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Obama Energy Plan Clean Coal Technology

As a friend like to say, today is decision day in America. McCain-Palin is still at it and they have solicited some help from like-minded people who have resurrected Rev. Jeremiah Wright and other supposed skeletons from Barack's closet to try to distract us, the voters.

We have been treated by McCain like battered women - mistreated constantly each time showing some fake remorse while re-offending often times with even more abuse than before. Take this issue of clean coal that's being misrepresented in the coal-mining communities and the states that Republicans need to claw back in order to win the elections.

Obama's position is clear: set out high standards for the coal mining companies with incentives to accelerate private sector investment in commercial scale zero‐carbon coal facilities.

To maximize the speed at which this critical technology is advanced an Obama administration will instruct the Dept of Energy to enter into joint partnerships with coal mining companies to develop five first-of-a-kind commercial scale coal-fired plants with carbon capture and sequestration.

Ensure that this goal would be met by setting annual demand reduction targets that utilities would need to meet. Unlike McCain-Bush, having a measure of accountability in order to have serious commitment from the companies involved. As we've learned the hard way, no regulation or accountability equals no results and everyone suffers.