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Firestorm wrote: He also talks about redesigning our neighborhoods in such a way that everything is within walking distance (as it is in most of the world).
Firestorm wrote: let's just crawl in a hole and die!
Firestorm wrote: I can tell you that it IS possible to have pretty much EVERYTHING you need in walking or nearly walking distance (a couple of buss stops away). It is possible and it does work in most of the world.
So the alternative is EV's and One World Government? What about the 1/3rd which is Moslem and won't want a bar of this unless they are in charge? Where are the metals for the batteries for a billion EV's going to come from? The EV dream will remain just that for most people. The New World Order/ One World Government- has been talked about for decades. It is simply not possible, unless you are talking about total global tyrrany. If that's what you think will save the planet for your kids, well I think you are deluded.
Plantagenet wrote:Yes, of course. But "EVERYTHING you need" isn't actually coming from those neighborhood stores. Its being flown and shipped and trucked into those stores from farms and mines and factories located all over the world.
It would be nice if shopping in a local store would avert global collapse, but in actuality globalization plays a big a role in supplying food and bicycles and other things people buy in local stores, just like it does in supplying food and bicycles and other things people buy in a giant Wal-Mart in the suburbs.
AgentR11 wrote:I get so tired of "we can do..." "we could do.....". When the can's and could's involve great change and sacrifice by those with power and wealth; and minimal change and sacrifice by the poor.
We are talking about the same species right? Homo Sapiens? Yes??????
If you want to find a path that would honestly put a dent in our GCC impact, and would pass the world governments, and would be obeyed and executed by the world's population; the poor and middle class will have to bear the largest portion of the burden. Those with power, will not cede power. Those with wealth, will not cede wealth. This is not a "flower power" moment; if you honestly believe that AGW/GCC is an existential threat that should be countered, then those who can be made to sacrifice must be made to sacrifice. Try to make those with wealth and power sacrifice, and you will continue to fail, as you have been failing for the past twenty years.
As a proposal along those lines, I have numerous times elaborated a carbon tax regime, where the revenue generated from the LARGE carbon tax is used to reduce income(personal and corp) tax RATES in equal amounts, year by year. No checks or credits for the poor, no exceptionally large deductions for the lower middle. Direct reduction of RATE. Which gives the largest reductions in income tax to the largest payers of the carbon taxes. They then have a direct and very competitive drive towards efficiency and low emissions, without challenging their positions of wealth and power.
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