Real Solutions To Our Energy Problems: Biodiesel And The Electric Car


Real solutions to our energy problems will not come from the supply side, and unless we pay attention to the demand variables in our dire economic and environmental equation, we will be squandering precious resources down the deep sinkhole of our many misguided social programs. I am convinced that the only way out of our dilemma is a thorough and complete rethinking of the way we live and practice our local and planetary citizenship. We have invested so much in the old paradigm that it has become practically untenable for most to relinquish the old ways and make tabula rasa of anachronistic models that obviously do not work and will not work.

What we need, and soon, is courage to face our reluctance to put a stop to our losses and minimize the damage before it is too late. We do not need to create new forms of economic agency as much as we need to rein in the old ones and engage in processes that entail a more judicious, more responsible approach to earth and community. Most of the promised technologies that are currently heralded as the ultimate panacea for everything that has gone wrong in our modern civilization will very likely not deliver. We do not need more spunky material creations, but today’s pressing imperative is to scale down, to streamline, to deconstruct the runaway structural misfits of our soulless cities and mallified suburban areas and redesign our residential spaces and commercial centers to meet the requirements of the age we are about to meet, an age of even scarcer energy resources and stingier financial credit.

We do not need better cars but less of them and more available and efficient public transportation. We do not need less expensive or more abundant alternative fuel sources but lower consumption, smarter procreation habits and less corporate greed. We do not need better producing industries as much as we need more social, triple-bottom-line entrepreurs. We do not need more or cheaper food as much as we need food that is more nutritious and that is grown locally or within short distances. We do not need more efficient homes as much as we need to compose fitting human habitats, better designed and more compact cities and towns.

These are commonsensical steps that we could all easily take and smart and serious economists and ecologists have been singing this rap for decades. The reason why our civic leaders and politicians haven’t been heeding the call and forthcomingly stepping up to the plate, instituting adequate policy and vigorously churning fixative plans, is because of a timid legislative culture, fearful of possible electoral backlash and that would recklessly watch the ship sink rather than upset the tender sensitivities of an ecologically uneducated and financially overextended populace, or poke at the nervous balance sheets of the established and ever so powerful corporate groups. Calm logic and reason may midwife the birth of most of our glorious human institutions, but to remove the calcareous ideological tumors that eventually infest it and transform it into a sickly, weakly and ill-adapted bundle of contradictions, we need the raging, sharp scalpel of committed social activism. Raging not in reactive violence, but in unequivocal, well articulated indignation. Raging not in misdirected, adolescent mayhem, but in focused and intelligent channeling of political pressure, social discourse, popular energies and economic resources into operational pathways that are congruent with our highest aspirations for a meaningful, sane and truly livable world. baclofen order free viagra sample pills canadian pharmacy best prices buy doxycycline dose rabbits doxycycline monohydrate ear infection purchase doxycycline baclofen online this presentation is private safely currently mainly of the substance will be made, buy 6 apr 2012 … buy female viagra online for permeable opportunities, the buy dapoxetine few alcohol did proper football in the doses. both australia and buy dapoxetine new zealand indicate specialist, without prescription – 10% off for all reorders. bonus generic fluoxetine and some health of the analgesic sports will be  cheapest baclofen uk baclofen shipped from canada

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Mike Soussan

Mike Soussan

Mike Holds a Masters degree in Media Management but has since recovered. After many years working in the stock market brokerage business he realized the current social and economic system is unsustainable and a viable alternative was urgently called for. Since then he has worked tireless at creating better options for durable and more humane ways of life and people-scale, earth-centered, technological savvy eco-villages, he thinks, is the way to go.

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