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  •  People aren't "giving up." (6+ / 0-)

    National and international governmental consortiums are simply too dysfunctional to plan for much of anything at all beyond how to raise enough money to buy the next election.

    But increasing numbers of people aren't waiting for dysfunctional government, they're going ahead for themselves. The mass impoverishment of the people will accomplish more than any government is willing to do. People and cooperatives are installing solar and wind, researchers are on the trail of better battery tech, efficient alternative designs, new solar technologies, etc., and more people every day who haven't had a raise in 40 years are conserving electricity all over the place because the monthly bill has become unaffordable.

    The changes we need will come bottom-up rather than top-down. Because they have to. I think that's hopeful and eminently worthy of support. My family's plotting solar and microhydro, hopefully before winter. Plan someday relatively soon to install wind as well. Working with local town planners to develop community power supplies - undershot turbines on the town creek, solar, maybe wind. Nobody can afford Duke's 'trons these days. More and more people are planning and acting.

    At some point it won't matter what governments and the dirty energy status quo corporations do or don't do. If we're not buying their dirty energy, they'll have to change. BTW, have you seen some of the solar tractor designs? I live rural - we have a conversion shop at the county's Community College that will install the proper hoses and injectors for cars, trucks, tractors and other farm equipment to use low-to-no petroleum biodiesel, and coops are producing it here and there in the region for their members. Ag being one of the biggest petro-polluters hardly anybody mentions...

    There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. - Will Rogers

    by Joieau on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:12:06 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, but top-down leadership, (3+ / 0-)

      if such were available, could speed this process immeasurably. And we really do not have a hell of time.

      •  Well, judging from how much (2+ / 0-)
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        meaningful change Al Gore, UN, etc. have managed to stimulate thus far, it doesn't look like that is to be forthcoming. Ultimately, we don't need it.

        What we do need is effective citizen political action to stop Big Energy from screwing up everything we can accomplish. Duke Energy, for instance, has not only gotten its rates raised to cover its acquisition of Progress, its no-longer planned nukes, its nuclear decommissioning costs and its guaranteed profit margin on all of the above imposed on We the Customers, it has also gotten the state legislature to ban wind turbines in the mountains (where the wind always blows), and is now lobbying to end the tie-in requirements for homeowner installed solar/wind/hydro. As it's also seeking to permit the installations to death while dumping coal ash into our waterways all over the place.

        Our governor is an ex-executive of Duke, so nobody expects any change from Raleigh either. Though perhaps the DOJ will manage to nail him for corruption. We aren't holding our breath.

        Fuck 'em, I say. I am not alone.

        There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. - Will Rogers

        by Joieau on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 11:49:23 AM PDT

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    •  a lot of time, that is. (1+ / 0-)
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