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  •  This is a point I keep trying to make (4+ / 0-)

    but it seems to fall on many deaf ears. Energy efficiency is a huge factor and American habits are appalling. Every time I visit family I see unbelievably wasteful practices, like driving to malls and THEN moving your car WITHIN the mall parking lot to avoid walking a few steps when going to different stores. Or leaving car engines running for the air conditioning in summer and heating in winter. The list goes on and on.

    Nice to see you commenting here, btw. You have a lot to add and make yourself too rare. And thanks for recc'ing my Live Blog diary a couple of weeks ago - I noticed. :-)

    „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

    by translatorpro on Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 11:47:57 PM PST

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    •  We're going to have re-engineer... (3+ / 0-)
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      ... our whole society to make driving less necessary.

      It has been done once before to make driving necessary. Time to reverse that.

      We'll also have to start building more efficient structures and filling them with more efficient appliances. I'd be willing to bet that we could reduce our energy consumption by 50 percent without any degradation of quality of life and possibly some improvement.

      When the power of love overcomes the love of power, there will be peace. - Jimi Hendrix

      by CharlieHipHop on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 06:38:16 AM PST

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    •  Was happy to rec it (2+ / 0-)
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      Always happy to rec a great diary, even if I'm not around here much to contribute comments. I hope there can be more diaries like that one.

      •  Me, too. (2+ / 0-)
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        Georg said he only got to talking about 1/3 of what he wanted to say. I imagine we'll do another one in a month or two. It depends on his schedule. When the Parliament is in session, he has to work a lot of extra hours, so we have to fix a date when they are not in session.

        „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

        by translatorpro on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 09:25:42 AM PST

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