Elimination of fossil fuels by investing/subsidizing the hemp industry including but not limited to gasoline substitute, plastics/fiberglass substitute, clothing, concrete substitute (hempcrete), stronger plyboard/press board, elimination of deforestation, etc. The possibilities deserve greater consideration especially with the U.N. environmental study.
Replace our walkways, parking lots, roads, and any other surfaces we can with glass solar panels. The technology already exists that is capable of heating these surfaces as well as generating power and are LED ready to provide lines, arrows, or any other regularity symbols. This could power up everything and in colder areas will not require salting as we presently do for slippery conditions.
Promote the hydrogen economy. Have the federal government help build out the hydrogen infrastructure needed to promote hydrogen fuel cells. Using hydrogen for transportation alone would greatly reduce our carbon footprint. It would also reduce wars caused by fighting for control of fossil fuels. This would be similar to the federal program we had to build out interstate highway system. And that worked pretty good.
Localize infrastructure, assigning funding according to NEED, not population count or whose Rep has most power in the House. Local people and companies used wherever possible (not just cheapest) to boost economy; joint ownership with the public of resulting infrastructure; programs to relieve the grid by adding solar/thermal/wind to individual homes.
Instead of National Broadband, why not National Wi-fi, instead? Come to think of it, there are plenty of places that already offer free wi-fi (apartment complexes, restaurants, etc.) to attract customers. Why not go National? (For those of you with older PCs, there are devices out there to convert wi-fi back to broadband - in fact, I own one, and it works great!)
Get private industry working on our infrastructure. Especially high speed rail. Incentives? No corporate taxes during project, limited taxes after completion, or none if they provide maintenance. Allow projects to be completed on the dime of the companies with their own oversight so that they do it well. If taxes are not a large enough incentive add free ad time. Give networks tax relief in exchange for ad time for public works companies.
Increases in corporate profits due to technology advances must be distributed to workers whose work is made more efficient by the technology. Example: If computers have allowed staffing to be reduced by two-thirds, then efficiency of remaining staff is thus triple and compensation for those positions need to triple. Executives did not produce the efficiency and may not take credit for no different job performed by them and may not take pay increases produced by lower level staff output..
Earthship, the brainchild of revolutionary architect Michael Reynolds, is a way to build permanent, safe, beautiful sustainable housing at a fraction of the cost of a conventional home. They use recycled materials, surrounded by earth on three sides, to create homes that take care of the occupants, using Mother Nature's abundance. Lets provide a real tax subsidy to people and business that build the Earthship way!
Install 100% renewable energy generation ASAP. Immediately disallow all permits for new or upgrading fossil-fuel infrastructure. Stop all direct fossil-fuel subsidies, phase in a carbon tax that increases by about $10/ton annually, and increase federal energy R&D funding by about 50X. Provide retraining programs for displaced workers, since there will be many more jobs generated. If necessary, fund it by cutting DoD spending or by taxing large capital gains (>$1M) as much as ordinary income.
Create a federal agency that has the authority to block the implementation of technologies that will result in a net loss of jobs. Amazon’s drones and Apple’s newest iPhone are not examples of free-market innovation. They represent the destruction of thousands and thousands of jobs in the delivery industry and changes that do not improve society’s well-being. The government needs to protect its’ people from technological changes that harm society and only add to corporate bottom lines.
Create a national database of debt through the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By law, creditors must submit all collections information to this database, and allow an easy online way for anyone to see and pay the collections claims against them in one centralized location. This will help bring transparency to the unregulated, shadowy debt industry.