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  •  Agreed. I Love The MSNBC Commercial (2+ / 0-)
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    Ezekial 23 20, Brooke In Seattle

    with Rachel where she said that our previous generations knew they were building infrastructure that their children and children's children would benefit from. Maybe that message only works with hippie liberals like myself, but I'd like to think it would also work with moderates and independents.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 05:06:41 PM PDT

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    •  I don't have kids, but I'd like to build a world (1+ / 0-)
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      in which we don't drive every other mammal above the size of a shrew extinct along with us, and leave vast dead zones in the sea for millenia.

      •  I Don't Have Any Kids Either (3+ / 0-)
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        but I feel exactly like you do. Heck another suggestion I was going to throw out here is to put solar panels on every government building and state university. It would be a huge, huge investment at the start, but over time it would pay for itself. I mean I looked at solar panels for my house and they are not "cheap." A huge initial investment. One I didn't want to have to pay off. But alas, that is shortsighted thinking.

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 05:14:23 PM PDT

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        •  Wow! I had that thought about public schools! (3+ / 0-)

          I have been thinking about that for years regarding public schools.

          If the federal government could fund a program for schools to install solar panels, the schools could save on electricity and this could lead to less need to increase property taxes.

          If they produced extra electricity, such as in the summer or when school is not in session, this could be sold to the electric company.

          It would have so many benefits...less dependence on oil, less pollution, paying for itself...

          We Won't Let Republicans Replace Medicare with GOP Vouchercare!

          by CatM on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 05:21:56 PM PDT

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          •  Exactly. And I Didn't Say This Above (3+ / 0-)
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            but that additional power could be sold of course and then the schools could pay back the Federal government and the money could be invested in another project.

            When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

            by webranding on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 05:29:36 PM PDT

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            •  Great idea! (1+ / 0-)
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              Maybe to minimize the initial outlay, it could be a rolling program.

              In other words, first we found the poorest school districts in the country. Then, one half of the money saved or earned from selling extra power gets reinvested in the school and the other half goes into a fund to support the next round of solar installations!

              I love this idea. :)

              We Won't Let Republicans Replace Medicare with GOP Vouchercare!

              by CatM on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 05:37:20 PM PDT

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