Sunday, August 22, 2010

Keep Doing What We've Been Doing, Destroy the World...

Replace toxic coal and oil with renewable (non-nuclear) sources, and then dramatically increase energy efficiency (which dramatically decreases energy costs), and we end up with energy that: costs consumers little more than it does now, but it's less toxic to them; we get to keep the planet healthy; and we see 37 million new, well-paid jobs that can't be off-shored by 2030. Take into account fossil fuel jobs lost, we still see a net gain of 4.5 million jobs. And we generate $4.3 trillion in domestic revenue. That's domestic revenue, instead of cash sent to Canada, Mexico, Saudia Arabia, Venezuela, Nigeria, Russia, Algeria, Colombia to purchase oil (about 80% of imported oil comes from these seven countries -- not what most people think), and we don't have to pay billions to clean up coal ash spills, and oil spills, and ruined mountains and streams in Appalachia, and dozens of other "externalities" that the fossil fuel industry, like an unwelcome guest, lets taxpayers pick up the tab for.

Which option do you think Congress will choose? That's easy: they choose business as usual, and destroy the planet. And that's because fossil fuel energy producers finances Congressional elections. How about not re-electing these lobbyist-puppets if they don't get their act together and do something real to stop global warming? Nah, global warming's a hoax, right?

Read the press-release from ASES, and then read the report: Tackling climate change nets 4.5 million jobs

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