We need an Apollo energy program for renewable sources with long term financing and subsidies. We should require every state to get 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 with 30% or more in some year set soon thereafter. Base load power should come from combined cycle natural gas plants.
We need a comprehensive environment law. The current fragmentation leads to duplication and policy deficiencies. The states need to take a bigger role in environmental management with the Feds in an oversight role. The sticks to compel performance by the states are already in place. The EPA could be reorganized to focus on 1. Oversight of air, water waste superfund and other programs; 2. interstate dispute resolution; 3. tribal affairs; 4. international assistance and boundary issues.
Establish a function within the GAO that produces a report on the cost of energy sources including all externalized costs, such as environmental degradation, pollution and clean-up, public health, tax subsidies, foreign affairs, defense, etc. Publish costs w/labeling and collect taxes upon sale to cover the externalized costs.
Restore the Office of Air, Noise, and Radiation. Regan defunded all of the government's noise projects and labs. We are a third world country when it comes to noise control and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. We were looked up to by the rest of the world until 1982 when our programs were shut down. The line item for the Noise Office is still a line item in the budget. Put some money and program back in.
Tax incentives/business loans to start and promote alternative energy production and consumption on all of our houses/building for our "National Security"! Oil, gas & Coal equals Spills, Explosions, Power Outages and all of theirs are wide open and vulnerable to Terrorists by deliberate explosions to pipe lines, wells, trains etc. Solar, wind & other new forms of alternatives..equals No Explosions, No Large scale Power Grid outages, No Spills, No Mountain removal & No more pollution!
Half the water consumed in the U.S. irrigates land growing feed and fodder for livestock. It takes 25 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat, but 2,500 gallons to produce a pound of meat. If these costs weren't subsidized by the American taxpayers, the cheapest hamburger meat would be $35 per pound! If we abolish all taxpayer support for the livestock industry, the cheapest hamburger meat would be $35 per pound, effectively making everyone in the United States a vegetarian.
A warming collapse of the island earth is likely to eventually kill many species. We and others may become extinct. If this happens, and if we are lucky, evolution may only be set back by millions of years. A solution: Use world-wide birth control laws to reduce the earth's people population over the span of a few generations, probably over a time of 50 to 75 years.
Build modern nuclear reactors which can provide tons of cheap, clean, safe energy. Generation 4 reactors, such as thorium reactors, produce 95% less waste (because they use 95% of the fuel), which stays hot for only 300 years (as opposed to 10,000 years for the old reactors we're currently using), are designed for passive shut-downs so they literally can't melt down, can eat the waste of old nuclear reactors, and don't rely on weaponizable fuel. Clean, safe energy with minimal, manageable waste.
Investigate and cease Geoengineering and expose the functions and effects of secretive HAARP projects that interfere with and manipulate weather patterns by aerosol spraying of highly toxic metals and chemicals into the upper atmosphere. By using chemtrails from high flying aircraft we are being poisoned from above every day without scrutiny or oversight. We need to know the facts.
Restore the Amazon:Slash and burn permits, requiring a five to one ratio of acres manured to acres slashed and burned.Jungle then re-grows in three years, can include sustainable crops.Fallow cycle slows advance into old growth.Synthetic shrubbery laced with organic trash, could even be deployed in order to lure those timid little fruit eating seed shitting critters out from the jungle into the scorched spent clearing!Carbon would be sequestered.Other forms of aid to help support and incentivize
We need to think big and rational! We must reverse the current law decision logic on chemicals - ALL CHEMICALS. Principle - A chemical is toxic unless proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Principle - The health of the environment is the first priority not any given backyard. This might mean the we can not import maaterials or finished products where damage has been done elsewhere - i.e. NIMBY. NIMBY is not a policy or a rational way to make decisions that are bigger than any single NIMBY POV.
Transition into a forest-based system where the trees provide food, fodder, fiber and fuel (bio-fuel). This would sequester carbon thereby combating climate change, help clean water and air, provide a place for wildlife and would use much less energy to maintain (less resource exploitation and less pollution).