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    Was at a meeting at the Boston Society of Architects last week to talk with the MA Creative Economy Commission.  One person there talked about how the Dutch are thinking forty, fifty, and a hundred years into the future with their planning for climate change, energy, and resources.  In the USA, we are lucky if we can think past the next election cycle.

    A few years ago, I was at the Harvard Business School alumni weekend (my sister, an alumna, invited me along) and attended a session on energy with HBS graduates who were CEOs throughout the energy sector.  I asked them whether the US was being left behind as the Brazilians had devoted 30 years to developing sugarcane biogas, the French had spent decades developing nuclear power, and the Germans had developed renewables.  The response I got was "That sounds like industrial planning.  The US does not do industrial planning."  I was shocked that they hadn't heard my question at all - that the rest of the world was transitioning away from carbon fuels while the US was treading water - and only heard "planning."  The US, it seems, does no planning at all these days.  It's against the "free market" which is never free and barely a market.

    Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

    by gmoke on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 11:30:23 AM PDT

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