After receiving an open letter from Delta Airlines this evening, I sent the following letter to my congressional representatives, via the stopoilspeculationnow.com website.
Dear Senator Chambliss, Senator Isakson and Representative Gingrey:
As one of your constituents from Marietta, Georgia, I am using the messaging function on stopoilspeculationnow.com to contact you but I won’t bore you with just another copy of their starter letter. I am very concerned and passionate about our energy future, and below I will offer a much longer term, potentially game-changing solution for your consideration.
High prices and dependency on foriegn sources for energy are threatening our economy and security and I strongly urge Congress to act immediately to take positive steps towards a secure, clean energy future for all Americans.
I do believe we need to increase domestic supply, exploration, alternative energy sources and conservation, but expanded use of domestic sources of fossil fuels must be seen as only a bridge to our energy future, not a solution. We also must protect legal commodities speculation and eliminate the possibility of any illegal or harmful practices.
For the long term future solution, I am a self-appointed advocate for the immediate and large scale development of space-based solar power. Large solar panels would be put into orbit, where they would receive intense sunlight 24/7/365. This energy would be broadcast to receiving antennas (rectennas) on earth in the form of electromagnetic radiation at frequencies that would not be hampered by clouds or dust in the atmosphere. This energy would be converted to conventional electricity and connected directly to the existing power grid for distribution.
This will be a complex and expensive engineering project with many beneficial offshoots in terrestrial alternative energy and space exploration technologies. I have much more information and many links on a website titled Citizens for Space Based Solar Power (c-sbsp.org).
While this idea has existed since the 1960’s, it is very disappointing that space-based solar power isn’t at least a part of the worldwide conversation on moving our energy outlook towards a sustainable future.
Citizens for Space Based Solar Power