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  •  What's on your list, A Siegel? (2+ / 0-)
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    SolarMom, Creosote

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:45:08 PM PST

    •  Good question ... (4+ / 0-)
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      Agathena, John Crapper, SolarMom, Creosote

      Personal:

      * Associate employment & work with achieving clean energy / climate change benefits

      * Do not shirk from confronting climate skeptics

      * Do not let energy / energy services be an afterthought in life but an actively considered thing ... every day

      * Lose at least 9 pounds (.75 month) and preferably 15

      Societal 12 Progressive Priorities:

      * Climate Mitigation / Adaptation that incorporates Environmental/Economic Justice as a core element

      * Legalize (& tax) marijuana

      * Prison / Justice reform, shift focus to preemptive efforts (education, social work, etc) + rehabilitation while driving down drive down 'for profit' prison system

      * Green the educational system -- save money, reduce pollution, improve test scores

      * Political reform -- over turning Citizens United, nation-wide voting reform (universal mail-in voting), nation-wide non-partisan drawing of districts, ...

      * Fiscal Reform -- Including ending many tax subsidies for the extreme rich, equalizing earnings from capital and work in taxes, ...

      * Expanding Health Care Reform -- with target toward single-payer system (preferred would be mix of public / private, like French or German systems)

      * Carbon Fee -- gradually introduced carbon fee (starting at $14/ton in 2014 and going up every year), with 1/3rd fees going to rebates (to American citizens living in US), 1/6th used to offset reduced taxation of wages, and 1/2rd used for climate mitigation, climate science, climate adaptation (w/1/6th of that for foreign aid in these arenas)

      * Reform of financial system to remove incentives for dirty energy and to reward clean energy/energy efficiency (such as including energy in mortgage calculations)

      * Immigration Reform -- perhaps 'amnesty' with fine incorporated into it for everyone who entered illegally over age 15 (fine is admitting that they broke law and have consequences for doing so -- re fine, make it something added to taxes that is over 25 years with very (VERY) small payments at low income levels and increasing the % if someone 'makes it big')

      * Strengthen safety net programs (social security, welfare, food stamps, unemployment) (e.g., increase resources) while adopting (REASONABLE) measures for dealing with true 'fraud' cases equitably

      * Gun Control Measures -- take good examples around the world that will accommodate 'hunters' while reducing threat to civil society from mass gun ownership of 'military' weapons

      Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

      by A Siegel on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 02:09:15 PM PST

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