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  •  Agree. But there's a synergy between voluntary (9+ / 0-)

    adoption of green tech and the government mandates that follow.

    At first, only the neighborhood "kooks" put solar on the roof. But as the panels became a familiar sight, it became possible for legislators to stare down the oil company shills and vote for solar tax credits.

    California's 2006 climate-change law, AB32, mandates (among many other things)  tire inflation monitors and aerodynamic "dams" on semi-trucks. The TeaPuppets made a stink about these "job-killing" regulations, but the smart trucking companies started doing using these years ago.

    The California Green Building Code also codifies simple obvious things (like timers on bathroom fans) that have been voluntarily employed as "best practices" by builders and building owners for years.

    It used to be that only "health food nuts" composted their kitchen greenwaste. Today the city of San Francisco requires separation of kitchen waste into separate bins. The city now sends 600 tons of greenwaste per day to composting facilities.

    So, there's a place for individual initiative by "early adopters".

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:00:08 PM PDT

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    •  My grandparents on both sides composted since ... (4+ / 0-)
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      well, forever. They were married in the 1930s.  Both sets of grandparents had "Victory Gardens" even before the war called them that and kept them up until they died.

      We all adopted all sorts of measures to save gas when the price went from 25 cents to $1.30 in the 1970s. Tire pressure checks, frequent tune-ups, slower driving.  But it wasn't until the government instituted and raised CAFE standards that it made a real impact in consumption. (other than driving avoidance, which millions did overnight.)

      Everyone needs to do their part. I'm not arguing that we shouldn't.  

      But that is not enough. Without the heavy lifting through concerted action by government programs and regulations, we cannot do enough on our own.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:54:33 PM PDT

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    •  California is one leader (1+ / 0-)
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      Refer to my comments to ZhenRen above.

      Standards are vitally important.

      I hate LA, but I love LA for the example it is setting.

      400ppm : what about my daughter's future?

      by koNko on Mon May 13, 2013 at 04:57:34 AM PDT

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