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Old 08-01-2006, 07:08 AM   #11
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maybee not the right place to post, and it's early so it may not be the clearest thing ever, but...

It comes down to individuals doing what they believe to make any change. Businesses are in Business to be profitable, plain and simple, why do we all go to work? to make a buck, if we could make more we probably would jump at the chance, they are "protecting" thier income streams when anyone tries to take them away by changing darn near anything.

If you want clean energy, gonna have to produce it yourself, put up your own (mini) wind-power-maker-thingy. Or a solar panel or two, and if your home is efficient enough maybee you put more power into the grid than you take out, that means that portion of energy won't come from coal.

Same with our fuel-efficiency. Most on here drive older cars (over a decade old) and pound modern fuel economy "standards". Lots of late 80's early 90's honda-tech that gets upper 30's consistently and 40'/50's on a regular basis. I bought my efficiency, but it's better than most and a huge upgrade over what I was driving (in terms of fuel efficiency at least), but even with high demand for newer "small cars" and hybrids, the factory still doesn't make enough and still offers vehicles that are totally counter to the idea of FE.

Personal decisions will make the difference, purchasing choices, lifestyle choieces, etc. Trying to get it done through the gov is a long, possibly fruitless process, especially when you're dealing with others in your area that don't necessarily agree with what you are trying to do, but if your energy was put into making yourself the most efficient thing known to man, maybee even putting some power back into the system in some way, you've done your part.

Only thing left is to spread the word.
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Personal decisions will make the difference, purchasing choices, lifestyle choieces, etc. Trying to get it done through the gov is a long, possibly fruitless process, especially when you're dealing with others in your area that don't necessarily agree with what you are trying to do, but if your energy was put into making yourself the most efficient thing known to man, maybee even putting some power back into the system in some way, you've done your part.
If you're an industry, the government is usually going to jump at your very command. Somerset, NY, for instance, is effectively banning any private individual from putting wind generators on their own property.

http://www.evworld.com/blogs/index.c...=313&archive=1

Another alternative has even been eliminated by the federal government: industrial hemp, due to lobbying by the wood paper, oil, petrochemical, and steel industries, among others. It can be used to make cheap biodiesel and methanol, and can be used to make car body panels, plastics, textiles, and other goods. Per acre, makes 4 times more paper than timber for much cheaper, albeit at a reduced profit.


There are also municipalities banning custom/converted cars, and even an effort in my state to do just that. Missouri's governor, Matt Blunt, is heavily involved in the auto selling business. It is to his family's (small)advantage to prevent people from registering kit cars or EVs. Hasn't got his way yet, but give it time...

Personal decisions don't mean **** if the federal government legislates what you can and can't do with your own property provided you're not posing a risk to anyone...
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