Better Way to Save the Earth Than Starving People?
I like it! Plus I'm dreadfully afraid it's true.
CAFE rules mandating (by rewarding) much better mileage much sooner. No stick, just carrots for the manufacturers and customers.Bigger incentives for people to go solar, geothermal, etc. at home.More research $ for cellulosic ethanol.More research $ for ag productivity. Incentives for drip irrigation for truck crops. Big bucks for top notch public service advertising to get people to eat healthier (less meat, more veggies).Tougher penalties for energy wasters. Water wasters. Wasters in general. And actually enforce the standards.Build thousands of distributed 40-acre solar farms feeding the existing grids. (Privately AND publicly financed, both being fair to the general public by design... Guaranteed market for investors in return for reasonable rates.) All while upgrading the grid.Mandate the coal-burner electric companies (natural gas, too - just not so urgently) clean up their emissions by any technology that works. Reduce their pain with incentives.Make it financially and temporally affordable to build new generation nukes.Invest in convenient, secure, rapid public transit systems better than any in the world.
That's gotta be better than a billion starvation deaths.
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Addendum: The Friend who sent the PowerPoint makes some good points on the "Tougher penalties for energy wasters." point: "This requires discussion. Is driving a big SUV full of stuff on a vacation wasting energy? Is driving a 30mpg little car to go play golf wasting energy? Is driving a Prius to go "cruising" on Friday night wasting energy? Is putting water into a swimming pool wasting water? To some a vacation drive is wasting energy, to others it is not (regardless of energy saved or not). To non golfers, driving to play golf is a waste. Some believe a swimming pool is a waste of water, to others is is great exercise and relaxation. What about driving to a movie, is this a waste of energy (depends on whether you like movies or not)? What about boats, private flying, snowmobiles, water parks, fishing boats,etc. Some buildings leave the lights on at night - I think this is a waste, but some believe this helps advertise or helps security. Do we really need St. Augustine lawns in Dallas or would just native grass (mowed twice a year) be OK? Who decides what is a waste and what is desired or necessary?
AGREED, in general. This ain't easy. Nor is it impossible. Water in a pool, OK. Over-watering your yard until water gushes down the street, not OK. You know, reasonable.