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View Diary: Energize America - A Blueprint for U.S. Energy Security (Fourth Draft) (311 comments)

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    I come at this from the perspective of an architect. Ergo, when I see a problem, I look to design as a tool.

    From my simple-minded perspective, design is the first answer. It doesn't require new technology or enormous capital expenditures in the form of new energy infrastructure. In fact, we already know what works. We just have to find the will to say that from here forward we will do things differently.  

    As for the people who are invested lock, stock and barrel into the suburbs and exurbs: We as a society have to decide if we can afford to continue subsidizing those settlements. I'm sure that when Bush says "Stay the course." in regards to Iraq you shake your head in frustration. After all, if the course heads over a cliff, why stay on it, right? People are always reluctant to walk away from their investments, even when they turn out to be phenomenally bad ones. Personally, I think auto-dependent suburbs are a bad investment and it's best we bring that experiment to a close sooner rather than later.

    One other point: Compared to the revamping of everything from transportation technology to energy infrastructure design solutions that conserve resources provide immediate dividends. They cost much less to enact in terms of expense and time. Also, every megawatt and gallon of gas you conserved via low-cost design solutions makes the scope of your energy supply problem that much smaller.

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