Wrote My Congressmen

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.

Rob Mahan
Citizens for Space Based Solar Power

Letter to Senator Obama

This evening I submitted the following letter to Senator Obama through the Other Thoughts and Questions page on his campaign website. I will continue to contact both campaigns on the topic of space-based solar power for the duration of the election season.

I would once again encourage each of you to contact our presidential candidates and everyone else that you can think of and present them with space-based solar power. Before we can hope to see it included in anyone’s plan for a clean energy future, we must break through and make it a part of our national conversation.

Senator Obama,

I have read your plan for a clean energy future and I agree that is what our national goal must be, in very general terms. I also agree with the need for major national investment in commercial-scale renewable energy technologies and extensive research and development. I am very concerned, however, on several key aspects of your plan. A key part of your plan appears to hinge on biofuels, which depend on a huge amount of input energy, fertilizers and pesticides to produce significant quantities and often carry the unintended negative consequences to our food sources that we are now starting to see worldwide. Your plan’s emphasis on global warming remediation is also of great concern to me. I personally believe that the warming trend that is being detected is only minorly anthropogenic and the huge investments you are proposing will have only a minor effect on the trend many years in the future. Lastly, your plan’s emphasis on mandated efficiency improvements will cost the taxpayers dearly and mostly serve to facilitate an ever increasing total energy consumption. Significantly missing from your energy plan are efforts to exploit untapped domestic fossil fuel caches, which I believe we are going to need as an “energy bridge” to that clean energy future. It is going to take a huge amount of energy in the next 20 to 50 years to develop the new energy technologies and infrastructures that are required to carry our civilization forward.

I would offer a clean, sustainable and scalable solution with great potential known as space-based solar power. Large arrays of solar panels would be put in geosynchronous orbit to collect intense solar energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This energy would be transported to the surface of the planet in the form of low intensity microwave beams, where it would be collected by rectifying antennas (rectennas), converted to electricity and channeled directly into the existing power distribution grid. Once in place, the input energy required is practically nothing compared to the steady stream of clean, renewable and scalable energy output. My website, Citizens for Space Based Solar Power (c-sbsp.org), has a good amount of information on this technology and links to many other great resources and groups.

The National Security Space Office published an updated report on the feasibility of this technology in October of 2007. While space-based solar power will be a complex and costly engineering project, no major technical or scientific breakthroughs are needed. The huge increase in oil prices since then makes the business case for exploring space-based solar power that much more attractive.

I invite you to learn more about space-based solar power and strongly consider making it a key aspect of your proposal for a clean energy future.

Respectfully,

Rob Mahan
Marietta, Georgia

Letter to Senator McCain

This evening I submitted the following letter to Senator McCain through the Contact Us page on his campaign website. I will be writing Senator Obama a similar letter in the next few days. This is not the first and will not be the last time I have contacted both campaigns on the topic of space-based solar power.

I would encourage each of you to contact our presidential candidates and everyone else that you can think of and present them with space-based solar power. As in sales, you may hear “no” many times but it only takes one “yes” to close the deal. If you are the one to get that “yes”, what a legacy you will leave behind for future generations!

Senator McCain,

It gives me great concern that Energy is not listed as a separate topic under Issues on your campaign website. Americans would not have a constantly growing economy, national security or even an adequate food supply without a huge and ceaseless supply of energy from fossil fuels. We have relied heavily on both domestic and foreign oil to grow and run our economy, power our military and our tractors for far too long. I am very concerned that the current crude oil and gasoline prices are only a harbinger of what is to come. If worldwide oil production has not already peaked, it will peak and begin a rapid decline sometime in the next few decades. Our way of life and security will suffer greatly and for a very long time without a ready and sustainable replacement.

I believe this is an outside context problem that most Americans don’t even have a way to discuss, let alone solve without leadership. Please give some straight thinking and then some straight talk to how critical our current energy situation really is and what we must marshall ourselves to do about it.

I would offer a clean, sustainable and scalable solution with great potential know as space-based solar power. My website, Citizens for Space Based Solar Power (c-sbsp.org), has a good amount of information on this technology and links to many other great resources and groups.

The National Security Space Office published an updated report on the feasibility of this technology in October of 2007. While space-based solar power will be a complex and costly engineering project, no major technical or scientific breakthroughs are needed. The huge increase in oil prices since then makes the business case for exploring space-based solar power that much more attractive.

Thank you for your service to our nation and for your attention to this matter of critical importance to our future.

Respectfully,

Rob Mahan
Marietta, Georgia