Harry William Braun III (born November 6, 1948) is an American political candidate (Democratic). He was a congressional nominee in 1984 and 1986, and a presidential candidate in 2004, 2012, and 2016. He is a renewable energy consultant and researcher who has published papers on the hydrogen economy, solar power, and photobiology.
Braun was born November 6, 1948 in Compton, California. A graduate of Arizona State University, Braun lived in Arizona for 42 years. He and his wife Dorothy now reside in Canton, Georgia. In 2002, Braun was the principal of Mesa Wind LLC, which developed wind energy (and solar energy) projects.[a]
Braun received a bachelor's degree in history and general science from Arizona State University in 1971.[b] Since then, he has done independent research in the fields of energy technologies and resources, photobiology, molecular biology, and protein evolution.[a] Braun is an Advisory Board Member of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy.
Braun is the founder and senior scientist of the Phoenix Project Foundation (PPF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which advocates for a hydrogen-based energy economy rather than the current fossil-fuel-based economy. The foundation promotes ideas outlined in Braun’s book, Phoenix Project, initially published in 1990 and revised in 2000.[b]
Braun's published papers and books include material on solar power,[c][d][e] the hydrogen economy,[f] and photobiology;[g] he has also published several versions of his book about using renewable energy to generate hydrogen, entitled The Phoenix Project.[h]
Braun has not been elected to office, but was the nominee of the Democratic party for two congressional races in the 1980s.
In 1984, Braun was the Democratic nominee for Congress in the 1st congressional district of Arizona, losing to incumbent Republican congressman John McCain. According to The Arizona Republic, "A key element of Braun's energy platform is what he calls the 'Phoenix Project,' a plan to mass produce hydrogen with electrolysis by using solar power to produce the electricity." Major political problems of the 1980s that the plan could conceivably address included nuclear weapons, pollution, energy scarcity, and deficit spending. Braun received 22% of the vote.
In 1986, Braun ran again, and was again the Democratic nominee for Arizona's 1st congressional district, losing to Republican nominee Jay Rhodes. Energy policy in general, and solar power plus the hydrogen economy in particular, was again a key platform-plank of Braun's campaign. Braun also campaigned on a broader set of issues during October 1986, including irrigation and water-use policy. Braun improved on his 1984 performance, and received 29% of the vote.
In 2004, Braun ran an independent campaign for President, with the campaign-slogan of "Making America Energy Independent & Pollution Free with Windship Hydrogen Production Systems." Braun's energy policy was distinct from the hydrogen economy proposed by George W. Bush, in that Braun wanted to generate hydrogen from seawater via electrolysis (using renewable energy), as opposed to generating hydrogen from coal and nuclear power plants. Braun participated in a Presidential Candidates Forum in 2004 in New Hampshire that was covered by C-Span.
Braun ran for the Democratic nomination again in 2016.
Braun has proposed an amendment to the United States Constitution which he calls the Democracy Amendment. It reads “We the People, hereby empower the majority of American citizens to approve all laws, federal legislation, presidential executive orders, and judicial decisions that impact the majority of citizens." His plan is for the amendment to be ratified directly by voters through constitutional conventions. He has made this amendment a focus of past presidential campaigns.
...turned out to be a ballot with easy-on, easy-off access. Essentially anyone could join the fun. Among those running is Harry Braun (no relation to [Carol Moseby Braun] the former senator), the only candidate whose slogan is "Making America Energy Independent & Pollution-Free with Windship Hydrogen Production Systems." "I'm talking about making the hydrogen from water," Braun said in a phone interview Sunday. "President Bush wants to make it from coal and nuclear power. That's not clean hydrogen, that's filthy hydrogen, and that's nonrenewable hydrogen." The Braun plan is to build "windships," which he describes as 500 to 1,000 feet tall, with the "hull" anchored under the sea just off the coast. A large mast would hold wind turbines. A crew, below water, would run the machinery to convert ocean water to liquid hydrogen. Each windship would cost $10 million. How many of these enormous windships would Braun need? "About a million," he said. The project would cost $6 trillion total, in his estimation. ...
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...New York Times columnist, made an unlikely comparison of Zuccotti Park to Egypt's Tahrir Square, bestowing on Occupy Wall Street a degree of gravitas it doesn't yet have. Kristof was in Tahrir Square during the protests and is a first-rate reporter, but it's difficult to believe the laconic, idiosyncratic scene on display in Manhattan bears the slightest resemblance to what occurred in Cairo. There, people were fighting for their freedom. Zuccotti Park seemed more like a low-energy street fair in desperate need of funnel cake and grilled sausages than the world-changing movement Kristof imagines it to be. 91 percent. At a corner of the park were some large artworks from the Beehive Design Collective, a rural Maine artist colony. Just inside the park, one could catch the dulcet tones of Harry Braun. The white-haired chairman and senior scientist for the Phoenix Project Foundation, which is dedicated to making sure people understand the consequences of unchecked growth, is running for president of the United States. In a real democracy, Braun said, "instead of raising the national debt limit, the U.S. Congress would be instructed by the majority of citizens to cancel the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and any further secret banker bailouts," and return tax rates on the wealthiest Americans to 91 percent, as they were during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. Good luck with the campaign, Harry! Near Braun, a young, bearded fellow was...