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  •  Well, it has to be attacked on both sides. (20+ / 0-)

    If we don't have access to renewable energy, we are going to continue to burn non-renewable energy against our will because modern living is constructed upon everyone having the equivalent of 300 energy slaves. While we can each do things to minimize that, there are limits if we are going to continue to function in society.

    On the demand side, if you google "buildings" and "greenhouse gas emissions" you will find that somewhere between 40 and 50% of emissions are attributable to the construction and occupancy of buildings. Imagine that, half the problem could be tackled if we changed the way we built and used buildings.

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

    by Words In Action on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 11:34:46 AM PST

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    •  Yes, but there's lots of craziness involved (8+ / 0-)

      there as well.

      For example I recently recall reading how air conditioners come in SEER ratings of 10 to 21 or so.  With a higher number being more efficient (and more costly).

      Over time, regulations have come to require SEER ratings of 13 (IIRC), i.e., still far less than optimal - but almost all air conditioners are installed at this minimum, at least in new construction.

      The reason for that is that they're cheaper at the time, so that's what the contractor puts in.  Although, over time (only 5 or 6 years) a SEER 20 air conditioner would recoup the costs PLUS save energy in the process.  So, it's pure craziness that they're not used ubiquitously . . .

    •  Isn't it too bad (8+ / 0-)

      that we don't have a massive WPA-style program that makes homes energy-efficient?

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 06:31:19 PM PST

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      •  So many projects (10+ / 0-)

        good projects that would result in good jobs and good results... but we spend trillions on wars and terrorists... and in my opinion, doing the bidding of big corps who have international "interests".

        "Justice is a commodity"

        by joanneleon on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 06:36:44 PM PST

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        •  I know that there are terrorist (2+ / 0-)
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          commited to harm the US.
          Why does no one ever ask why?
          The US commits coups and installs brutal puppet fictators who as long as they are friendly to US interests (corporations), they are given a pass.
          The Shaw, Saddam, baby Doc, Gaddaffi, ect.
          But when the dictators change the rules, they are taken out.
          By our military.
          Sorry if this sounds insensitive, but those who sign up because they love their Country are just cannon fodder for the corporations. Butler laid this out so many years ago.
          When they are hurt, it is very difficult for them to get treatment.
          Joann mentioned our troops in Africa.
          Funny how so many Countries convienently start having a terrorist problem right where the corporations are going after a Countrie's resources.
          Our Congress gives away OUR taxes to so many foriegn counties, but then say they do not have enough money to help our citizens.
          Why are we giving Israel $3,000,000,000/ year?  
          What does Israel do for us in return?  
          This is madness.
          What Obama has done since he took office is disgusting.
          Dropping bombs on innocent civilians who are no threat to us. How many countries are the CIA, JSOC in now?  
          Over 80.
          That isn't defending the US.
          Thst is terrorism. If another Nation did what we are doing, that is what we would call it.
          Not prosecuting war crimes makes sense, because he is doing the same things.
          Shame on him.
          I did not vote for him this time.
          He made so many promises in 08, but kept very few.
          Would Romney be worse?
          Probably, but thst does't let Obama off for his war crimes.
          This Nation has been at war since I was born.
          And it isn't really war. It is invading Nations for the coporations.
          We pay the bill, they keep the profits.
          Great diary.

          Gitmo is a Concentration Camp. Not a Detention Center. Torture happens at Concentration Camps. Torture happens at Gitmo. How much further will US values fall? Where is YOUR outrage at what the United States does in OUR names?

          by snoopydawg on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:05:25 AM PST

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