Letter: Changes on the horizon
by Paul Taylor
Mar 08, 2012 | 1382 views | 8 8 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

Many of you are probably freaking out at the constantly escalating prices of gasoline these days. My advice: Don't be afraid. We are knee-deep in a major energy-lifestyle shift in America. We are 4 percent of the world's population, yet we consume 30 to 40 percent of the world's energy and resources. This is coming to an end. The days of the gas-guzzler are over. This is a time for most of you to get out of your fat trucks and SUVs and start seriously thinking of adapting to the new green economic transition that, hopefully, will come as painlessly and quickly as possible.

I know a lot of you aren't going to like this, but here's what's coming in the new world; a one child per family policy (enforced), electric cars, trucks and buses, vegetarian diets, solar rooftop photovoltaic energy grids, local food and hemp production, mandatory recycling and conservation of scarce resources, mandatory taxes on the rich (to lift the poor and homeless out of poverty), and a much more simple and frugal lifestyle overall. Hopefully we can retain our primary constitutional freedoms and civil liberties (the First and Fourth amendments), our unique cultural attributes, and the best of our information and communication technologies (smart phones, iPods, iPads, digital TVs, wireless Internet, etc.) in this historic transition. But the main thing to remember is that the current energy and resource consumption pattern we all live by is broken and unsustainable. An end to high energy prices, the cost of living and food (and just about everything else) requires an end to the current energy scarcity paradigm. Once we stabilize this vital aspect of our lives, we can return to our normal, healthy and happy states of being.

Paul Taylor, Soquel

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Theres too many ofus
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March 09, 2012
"This is a time for most of you to get out of your fat trucks and SUVs and start seriously thinking of adapting to the new green economic transition that, hopefully, will come as painlessly and quickly as possible."

You mean cram into those tiny little things you call a car? I can't, I get claustrophobic when I'm in confining places like that and can't straighten my legs. We would have made small cars if we wanted them but as you see 100 years of the auto they were always big because that's what we want, to be comfortable not confined and uncomfortable.

"We are 4 percent of the world's population, yet we consume 30 to 40 percent of the world's energy and resources."

So what, we invented things that use energy. I'm sure aboriginal bushmen or African natives don't use much energy. Just think of the world 300 years ago before America, pretty much just horse drawn carriges and wind blow sailing ships. We invented things so of course we use energy.

"mandatory taxes on the rich (to lift the poor and homeless out of poverty),"

Ha ha, that's my favorite, forcing people to work to support others. Some how it never works though.

"Hopefully we can retain our primary constitutional freedoms and civil liberties"

Pffft, oh my god that's funny. Read "Anthem" and you'll see how our future is going to be.

"An end to high energy prices, the cost of living and food (and just about everything else) requires an end to the current energy scarcity paradigm."

The paradigm is human overpopulation, too many resource consumers. Other countries are advancing and they all want to drive cars too.

"Once we stabilize this vital aspect of our lives, we can return to our normal, healthy and happy states of being.

Cool and we can drive our big cars again. If there were fewer people there would be more resources to go around. It's all due to human overpopulation. Stop having so many babies and let the older ones die off.
Matthew MCMerritt
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March 09, 2012
Paul Taylor, what energy scarcity?

You mean the one manufactured by the Democrats and the radical environmentalists such as yourself?

We can build thorium reactors, we can build newer higher tech reactors for electricity.

BUT, teh enviros blow an anyeurism over teh word nuclear.

We can build more power plants for electricity, coal fired as we have an abundance of that.

We can do fracking for natural gas in the Marcellus shale.

Again, the enviros freak out over it.

We can drill for domestic souorces of oil.

Wait, no we can't, OBAMA and Ken Salazar won't let us.

Yet China is allowed to drill in the gulf..

OBAMA killed off a pipeline deal that would have helped us some, it sat on his desk for three years yet he claims he didn't have time to review it.

Windfarms? Don't make me laugh, enviros hate them just as much as anything else because they produce bird strikes and take up ALOT of space, plus they catch on fire or fail spectactularly.

[Youtube it people, it's fun to watch.]

Plus, any GOOD spot for them is refused second thought.

WHy?

Well, we could build a windfarm offshore at Martha's Vinyard, but the limosine liberals don't want their view spoiled.

Solar is not efficient and never will be.

Especially since it requires a huge amount of land to approach a useful output.

And when there isn't sunlight, they are useless wastes of space.

So in which installment will you advocate concentration camps for the unbelievers in your 'plan'?

Again, there is no true energy scarcity, it's a lack of energy policy and an active refusal to do anything to develop what we have based off of greenie fantasy and totalitarian wet dreams.

Hope you enjoy your redo of Stalin and his starvation of people, and Mao and his stavation of people.

All for the greater good of course.
Carla Greene
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March 09, 2012
Indoctrination.
Matthew MCMerritt
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March 09, 2012
For some people, 1984, The Handmaids Tale, and A Brave New World were intruction manuals.
No_thanks
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March 09, 2012
Our "our normal, healthy and happy states of being" are a totalitarian eco-police state with "mandatory" in every other phrase? Where a woman's reproductive freedom doesn't include a second child? Where we can "hopefully" retain our Constitutional rights? Sorry, no sale.
m_f
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March 09, 2012
"...adapting to the new green economic transition that, hopefully, will come as painlessly and quickly as possible."

Are we talking about your Brave New World, or about Death?

Reading this idiocy was a waste of a good 25 seconds.
Cindy Karen
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March 09, 2012
There are many places in the world where there are no cars, no electricity and a life as you describe you apparently want.

So I have an idea, sell what you have, go to one of these places and leave the rest of us the hell alone.
Cindy Karen
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March 09, 2012
There are many places in the world where there are no cars, no electricity and a life as you describe you apparently want.

So I have an idea, sell what you have, go to one of these places and leave the rest of us the hell alone.


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