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    Gotta love it...

    Somehow, the utility setup reminds me of the feudal system. In each city and county, the utilities are quasi-monopolies. The public utility review boards, such as they are, tend to be limp.

    But while we build vigilance and press for changes through routes like Public Citizen, etc., we can also be building a future where we farm some of our own energy. Some of it. Enough to counterbalance the centralized utility structure, enough to introduce a whole pervasive, background generation scene - - if we each (individual home or neighborhood, village or town, etc.) had a brace of panels or a little windmill setup - - then we would erode the monopolistic power and reduce the upward price pressure.

    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 10:40:16 AM PST

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