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  •  Well ... of course ... (8+ / 0-)
    1.  Seriously work to Energize America.
    1.  End all subsidies to fuel-inefficient vehicles
    1.  Institute (as per EA2020) a FeeBate program to drive up fleet economy
    1.  Educate (EDUCATE, EDUCATE) about how to maximize fuel efficiency -- including requiring (sorry, yes requiring) all retail outlets selling gasoline to (a) provide air pumps for tires without charge (include in gas price) and (b) put information on gas pump about importance of having properly inflated tires.
    1.  Go ASAP to benefits for telecommuting/flex schedules to (somewhat) reduce car use (and improve traffic flows & thus improve fuel efficiency)
    1.  Congestion taxes, in part based on fuel efficiency, for key American cities.

    And, well, that is a start ... no?

    Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

    by A Siegel on Mon May 14, 2007 at 08:50:00 AM PDT

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    •  Mayor Bloomberg (2+ / 0-)
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      is getting a lot of grief over his plans to tax congestion in NYC.

      Let the beauty we love be what we do. ~Rumi

      by redlami on Mon May 14, 2007 at 08:55:46 AM PDT

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      •  Yes ... yes ... (6+ / 0-)
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        but it is working in London ... and the next step (taxing heavily more polluting vehicles) likely to work as well.

        And, well, the grief ... I'm sorry, like gas 'tax', he is right (even if there are problems within PlaNYC).

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        by A Siegel on Mon May 14, 2007 at 08:58:17 AM PDT

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        •  Resistance among progressives is high though (4+ / 0-)
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          I read some Kossacks whining about it recently. Apparently commitment to some ideals ends where it hits the wallet.

          Let the beauty we love be what we do. ~Rumi

          by redlami on Mon May 14, 2007 at 09:02:37 AM PDT

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          •  Gas tax ... (7+ / 0-)

            makes for a quite painful discussion here ... as well as any sort of fees on large vehicles ... as well as ...

            Even here, there are those who want everything yet don't believe that they should be part of paying for it.

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            by A Siegel on Mon May 14, 2007 at 09:04:27 AM PDT

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            •  I hope a change in leadership helps (1+ / 0-)
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              And while I know it's not happening, I can think of one potential presidential candidate who could probably make the biggest difference.

              Let the beauty we love be what we do. ~Rumi

              by redlami on Mon May 14, 2007 at 09:05:59 AM PDT

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            •  Who pays? (2+ / 0-)
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              those who want everything yet don't believe that they should be part of paying for it.

              That is certainly part of it - human nature.
              A large part of the objection to increaing taxes is the way it hits the lowest income folks. That near minimum wage worker doesn't have any room to reduce driving, spend less on other things, or otherwise "make lifestyle changes".

              Revolutionary words start revolutions

              by Catte Nappe on Mon May 14, 2007 at 09:35:00 AM PDT

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              •  And . .. that is why ... (4+ / 0-)
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                in the aggregate, the revenues should go to making the nation more energy efficient ... with a reasonable percentage going to help those lower on the economic ladder move to a more efficient energy lifestyle.

                But, there is a massive implicit tax with rising fuel prices (up 200 percent over the past 8 years) that is almost certainly only going to get worse. That "tax", however, is not directly serving a productive purpose of moving us (US) to a sustainable energy system.

                Now, that objection is used to help fight a gas tax.  I would assert (and can back up) that we would be far better off if there had been a 1 cent/move steadily increasing gas tax put in place when gas was under $1 gallon.  We'd be at about $1 from that right now and, well, we would quite possibly have gasoline prices right about where they are today as the known/predictable gas tax would have helped shape choices toward more energy efficiency and (if properly applied) those tax revenues could have fostered even greater shifts (across the economy) toward more energy efficiency.

                It was right to have done then. We didn't do it. It is right to do now.

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                by A Siegel on Mon May 14, 2007 at 09:41:25 AM PDT

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            •  The invisible hand never picks up the check... (2+ / 0-)
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              That's what they understand but don't want to deal with.

              But, don't worry, inaction will lead to the problem being solved.

              Only not in a nice way.

              Sponge Bob, Mandrake, Cartoons. That's how your hard-core islamahomocommienazis work.

              by Benito on Mon May 14, 2007 at 09:55:02 AM PDT

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          •  Oh Yeah! (5+ / 0-)

            Same progressives who vote to not expand mass transit access in their communities by crushing any attempts to increase parking or add rail service, sabotage coastal wind farm attempts by playing up the danger to seagulls or underwater indian burial grounds.  That's where the true colors come out, when it affects them and their wallets are still fat enough to take care of #1.

            I have zero tolerance for these friggin hypocrites and feel the only solution to our energy dependence issues is a wholesale immediate collapse of our supply, something like what happened during the 1970's (or today what would immediately follow an attack on Iran).  A one week jump in gas prices from $3 to $7 a gallon or the first week with no electricity in mid August or no natural gas supply in mid January will start getting some peoples attention.

            Can't wait... the old Chinese curse - "May your life be interesting"

    •  good start (9+ / 0-)

      how about adding:

      Designing cities for people, not cars.  This one paradigm shift can make a Huge difference in whether the current human population remains or goes away.

      Yes, I am psychic...or was that psycho? I always forget which.

      by Farradin on Mon May 14, 2007 at 09:05:56 AM PDT

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      •  Well ... yes ... (1+ / 0-)
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        Smart growth ... public transport ... improved building codes (mandate white / green and/or solar power rooftops on all flat-roof commercial/public infrastructure nation wide) ... etc ...

        Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

        by A Siegel on Mon May 14, 2007 at 09:42:46 AM PDT

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