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  •  Real Energy Policy (5+ / 0-)

    will require more than the quick, simple, easy, stupid panaceas that are all politicians from both sides are willing to talk about.

    For the past eighty years or thereabouts, American society has been deliberately designed to make the consumption of petroleum and petroleum based products a necessity.  For many of us, and I'm as hypocritical on this issue as anyone, it is impossible to make the simplest, quickest trip out of the house for any reason, leave alone commuting to work, without getting in an automobile.

    Suburbs, shopping malls, big box stores, McMansions, the very layout of our cities (except those which built their infrastructure very early, before Detroit and Houston got into urban planning, like New York and Chicago) are all designed around the idea of cheap oil and automobiles.

    No number of windmills, solar panels, or even nuclear power plants will be able to overcome this multi-decades-long pattern of our lives.  We will have to go through a similar multi-decade process of rebuilding our homes (smaller, closer together), our businesses (smaller, more available), and our urban areas (mass transit).   Some of this has been happening, and Republicans have at the behest of their corporate/oil masters been fighting it all the way.

    For us even to talk about the changes in the structure of American society that will be needed to truly change our energy use patterns will take a greater catastrophe than the one now playing out in the Gulf.

    And by the way:  oil vs. jobs?  really?  that's the choice?  after the oil industry has just destroyed so many thousands of jobs?  are we still so short-sighted?

    "... there is no humane way to rule people against their will." Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine

    by Noziglia on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 02:46:17 PM PDT

    •  Not to mention (0+ / 0-)

      other details, like using disposable plastic [fill in the blank] instead of more durable or easily recycled goods.

      It all plays into the hands of Big Oil and Big Power, because they've had decades to channel it into that.

      Any serious energy plan has to look at the Big Picture.

      My life is an open book, and I want a rewrite!

      by trumpeter on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 04:23:42 PM PDT

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      •  Both big and little (0+ / 0-)

        When the question is asked, "which of these changes in the solution?" quite often, the answer, never admitted or even included in the choices by the chattering class, is "all of the above."

        So we must go with the little suggestions as you have said, but aim at making the bigger changes, as well.  Either alone will fail.

        "... there is no humane way to rule people against their will." Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine

        by Noziglia on Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 01:40:20 PM PDT

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