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  •  Entirely. (2+ / 0-)
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    veritas curat, deepeco

    My background is in computer science. It took me awhile to get the hang of using rhetoric to get things done when I was used to much more straightforward and inelastic tools.

    Sustainability will be somewhat easier in western Washington than in many places. Seattle Tilth has done remarkable work teaching people how to sustainably grow food, even on city lots. Permaculture is a much-discussed idea here. I have a worm bin (as do many of my friends and neighbors). I live within walking distance of working organic farms.

    And as for energy: most of this area is on hydroelectric generated within the state. Temperatures are such that most people don't have a/c, and it's possible to survive fairly comfortably most of the year without heat. There's increasing interest in solar hot water (which is reasonably economically feasible) and solar photovoltaic (which has to improve a bit to be efficient in an area so overcast).

    Could greater Seattle survive and thrive under much more trying circumstances than we face currently? Yes. A surprising amount of groundwork has already been done. But the biggest asset the region has in that regard is its remarkable people, who are results-oriented, community-minded problem solvers to a greater degree than anywhere else in the country, in my experience.

    •  yes. politicians need to be people persons (1+ / 0-)
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      foresterbob

      and i agree with you about the people in this region.

      negotiation between power centers is going to be a necessary skill in the future. human desperation is only going to increase.

      i don't know if any region will "thrive" as you optimistically maintain, but i do think you are wise to be aware of the future challenges.

      ce^rt

      muddy water can best be cleared by leaving it alone

      by veritas curat on Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 05:35:27 PM PST

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