Get Your Message To Congress and ExxonMobil!

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What would you to tell Congress about energy? How about Exxon Mobil?

I am serving as panel moderator this Wednesday March 21, 2011 for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Forum. My panel is on energy and includes an Ohio U.S. Senator, a New Mexico Congressman and two executives from oil companies.

What would you like them to hear? What questions should I be asking?

I will post your comments on this link PLUS personally deliver your comments to each panel participant. Here are the rules for getting your comment posted:

No comment can be more than 150 characters (this rule-sentence has 36 characters).

No links to other sites will be posted (a quick delete is its fate).

No rants, cursing or political posturing (let’s try to not act like politicians—this would be deleted if posted!)

You can tell us who you are. Some examples: Volt Owner Bill R. Or Bill Roth, California. Or Bill Roth, founder of Earth 2017. (By the way I don’t own a Volt but I do think it is a very cool technology deserving consideration by potential car buyers looking to spend north of $35K.)

I would love to hear from people who really have something tangible to share (like facts, real experiences, etc.). Here’s some ideas:

Electric car owners
Share your experience driving an electric car. How far have you driven? How much did it cost? Any problems your government could solve?

The U.S. has nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses. Hispanic small businesses grew 114% over the last five years in the face of our country’s recession! So what are your questions on energy? What could your country offer you on energy that would support your business’ growth and community’s well being.

Solar Power Users
What’s it like to use solar power? Is it saving you money? How reliable?

Fiscal Policy Advocates
Should government be subsidizing any energy or energy company or energy technology? If yes, why and which one? If no, why not?

Millennial Generation
It’s your future. What have you got to say? Got energy? Got solutions?

Some energy is produced with zero pollution. Some energy pollution comes right at your loved ones from the tailpipe in front of you at the stoplight. And some rain pollution down from smokestacks miles away. How does energy’s human health concerns stack up in your priorities when you are also trying to balance your family’s budget?

Hybrid Car Owners
The new Prius C is outselling all electric cars combined. What is it like to drive a hybrid vs. a regular gas-guzzler? Would you buy another one?

Business Owners
If you had to choose only one, should the emphasis be upon helping your business reduce its energy consumption (like tax credits for high MPG vehicles or installing higher efficient lighting ) or should the emphasis be upon driving down energy prices? In fact, as a businessperson do you think government can reduce the rising price for oil?

Famous People
I tossed this category in just in case someone famous has something to say on energy issues in 150 characters. If its Julia Roberts I am available for a phone call to personally write down your thoughts!

Please submit your comment below. Your voice will be heard! I will personally deliver your comments to each panel participant!

Bill Roth is the founder of Earth 2017. He is the green business coach for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Green Builds Business program sponsored by Walmart through which he has coached hundreds of business owners on their projects for making money and a difference. His book, The Secret Green Sauce, profiles business case studies on best practices for making money going green.

About Bill Roth

Bill Roth is the founder of Earth 2017, author of The Secret Green Sauce and a nationally-followed contributor to, Triple Pundit, The Green Economy Post and Media Post on best business practices emerging from the smart, healthy and green global economy. He coaches entrepreneurs, business and community leaders on how to grow revenues, profits and jobs by going smart and green.
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3 Responses to Get Your Message To Congress and ExxonMobil!

  1. Gary Krysztopik says:

    EV’s help our Environment from local to global, our personal and national Energy independence and our Economy at personal, local and national levels.

  2. Keith Bare says:

    EREV and PHEV and Stop Start going to be mainstream by 2015 and yet nobody talks about a truck doing 100 mpge with the A123 Lithium Ion batteries!

  3. EV owner Donn says:

    We’ve had our Nissan Leaf for nearly a year now and we love it! The roof of our house sports 3.8kW of solar PV panels, which, it appears, generate nearly enough electricity for both the house and car. So we are driving a very fun, comfortable car, with very low maintenance costs, for nearly $0.00/mile. We lease it for about $350/month. After rebates, it would have cost about $23,000 if we had purchased it. We’d definitely do it again. Our other car is a Prius. You have to have another car: the Leaf is for med-to-short-hauls only: about 75 miles on the highway before having to charge again, which takes some time. Quick or instant-charging stations as ubiquitous as gas-stations would make electric vehicle technology superior in every way. Some day. Meanwhile, there’s the plug-in hybrid, like the Volt, which is a great, if pricey compromise.
    Government could: 1) continue and expand subsidies and tax breaks for electric vehicles & infrastructure, 2) continue and expand support for research on electric vehicle technologies like batteries, capacitors, inductive charging, etc., 3) continue and expand incentives for clean power generation like wind, wave, solar and other sustainable generation (especially small-scale, roof-top, distributed), 4) continue and expand incentives for electric grid infrastructure upgrades which support and favor distributed generation (side benefit: more secure and resilient in emergencies), 5) eliminate subsidies and tax breaks for dirty power like coal and oil, especially tar-sand oil.
    Exxon should stop fighting and embrace electric technology. They should bet on future, not past power sources. Oil is in decline, they know that. They need to reposition their strategies around clean technologies. They need to embrace and be part of the climate-protection solution, rather than remaining trapped as a producer of dangerous, dirty, environmentally devastating products. As awareness of climate-change disasters sinks in to the general public, if Exxon continues to be identified as the largest oil company in the world, it will be seen as a major culprit, and will suffer accordingly. This is a real threat to the long-term existence of the company. Does Exxon want to assure its survival long-term? We’ll be able to see, depending on what they do now.

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