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    ornerydad

    but your solutions are purely idealistic. My energy bill has doubled. I read your links to soft energy and getting off the grid, but really, I only thing I felt after reading them was.... Well, looks as if I'm still on the grid and stuck there, like so many other people without alternative sources. Okay, I will shut the lights when I leave the room more diligently. Thanks for that tip.

    In the meantime, I'm paying through the nose because the alternative right now is living in the dark. It's no fun.

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      Ahianne

      really about, in the largest sense:

      Why do we have a government?

      Should ENERGY POLICY be a key part of government?

      Our federal government's energy policy seems to be, whatever the oil companies want, that's our policy.

      And our current Administration's extension of that policy seems to be, "including making war wantonly."

      If we were not spending untold $$billions on oil company and utility subsidies and tax breaks and war on oil and gas nations, we would see the "alternative" sources start to make very clear economic sense in very broad ways.

      And just as important: we would see the de-centralization and de-monopolization of energy.

      I would like to think it can and will start to happen in this country, in my lifetime, and actually start to flourish in my kids' lifetime!

      Thanks for your comment.

      Hope is, after all, the currency of popular politics, and a coin surprisingly hard to devalue. -- Fred Anderson, Crucible of War

      by ornerydad on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 07:45:26 AM PST

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      •  Got your point. (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, the government has to get back into energy, like it has to get back into every single service that constituted the safety blanket of old, and revive it. We just can't tolerate these levels of poverty and homelessness in America. It is shameful.

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