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  •  renewables & rail for job creation (5+ / 0-)

     If we hammer renewables and rail rebuilding we can break our dependency on foreign oil and create a lot of jobs in the process. The Stranded Wind userid, a role account for the folks at Stranded Wind, have written a couple of times on just these points.

    •  Local Foods and Custom Products.. (5+ / 0-)
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      Can also be made to enrich regional manufacture.  Each region, in fact, each city or county in America has a tradition of craft and small products ranging from foods to household items to architecture to stories and legends for media production.

      All these are the building materials for small, decentralized regional economies. Even high tech items are often produced in garages and worksheds in America. Those are the places where we will find our best resources. The rebuilding of America's economy can start tomorrow.

      Leadership and vision are the only missing ingredients.

      Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

      by OregonOak on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 09:01:05 PM PST

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      •  the only way to go (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks to peak oil there are no other good choices. Decentralize, re-localize, and build inter-community and inter-regional cooperative alliances to ensure that one place that gets in distress can be assisted by other places who will then be helped in turn when they have problems. Use localized, distributed clean energy generation as much as possible. Use railroads for most long distance travel and hauling. Use the Internet for communication and access to a bottom-up knowledge base and open source technology. Oh, and a few of those rail cars can be moving our ICBMs around while most larger communities can have SAMs and a well-trained militia of most of the citizenry to discourage...predators. ;-)

        •  An end to the empire (0+ / 0-)

            Those who've thought a bit about it look at the impending implosion of Mexico, the certain failure of the desert southwest due to water supply decreasing, and the surprise troubles in the southeast, and they see a future either without or with a drastically reduced federal government.

            It looks like Cascadia, the New Lakota Nation, the Great Lakes Compact, and the New Vermont Republic are likely federation member successors standing with porous defenses to the south, much like the U.S. border with Mexico before the troubles came. The thought it that it'll break along racial lines, with the failing south ceded to Hispanics. (I don't hate anyone, thats just the way its laid out).

           We'll see what is left after the dollar's implosion and peak oil make their presence known. I hope that wind and perhaps now Nanosolar come on strong. We have no economy without a foundation of cheap energy. Oil is done, coal is suicide, and wind is the only one that can carry us now.

          And for $DEITY's sake no one say something foolish, like "Wind won't produce enough energy to power our cars." I'd hope that is obvious by this late date.

          •  Electricity is Underused... (0+ / 0-)

            When cars become your home's battery, and are recharged at night with energy that is produced and not fully utilized, and gas becomes an auxillary fuel, and homes become insulated with new windows, ceiling pads of ANY kind and caulking, most of our "crisis" will be over.

            Hot water heaters on the roof.. at a cost of 500 bucks per home would reduce the demand for daytime electrical energy 10 percent tomorrow, and some say 20 percent. That is the low hanging fruit. We havent even started.

            When we do, we will see that we can reduce our energy needs by 25% in a year. Now, that is progress, unless you consider that Jimmy Carter proposed this 28 years ago. We are suffering from 28 years of Neo-Theo Slumber, and like Rip Van Winkle, we are awakening.

            Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

            by OregonOak on Sat Jan 19, 2008 at 05:45:27 AM PST

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