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  •  I only wonder ... (4.00)
    Gates makes more money a day than Markos makes a year.

    ... by how many orders of magnitude?  ;-)

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    Good info.  Thanks for posting this.  I need to re-read several times to understand better, but I'm thinking this reinforces the vaguely conscious ideas I've had that:

    • there's value in working on the "gatekeepers" as a specific component of activism that has value to creating a better energy future, e.g. going open-source rather than Windoze.  The connection may not be direct, but it exists.  Supporting a more freedom-oriented rather than privately owned information economy is a good idea.

    • there are important linkages between the biggest consumers and the smallest (poorest), i.e. that the biggest consumers have a disproportionate impact on making prices a hardship for the poorest.  More basically, that we all have a stake in the energy future, whether we like it or not, in ways that affect everyone else.  It's ethical, for example, to reduce consumption (efficiency, substitution of other things for demand) for a number of reasons, but one of them is as a small contribution to keeping energy services more affordable for others.

    • the above, in turn, suggests an avenue for action.  If how I use energy affects the economic burden on the poorest, I can appeal to an ethical aspect of this issue and approach churches, civic groups, etc. in suggesting they pursue projects that help their members use energy more efficiently, and offering what assistance I can for same.

    Let's get serious about renewables and efficiency. It's time to Win the Oil Endgame.

    by by foot on Thu Sep 15, 2005 at 06:04:10 AM PDT

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