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MANDATORY RENEWABLE ENERGY – THE ENERGY EVOLUTION –R1

In order to insure energy and economic independence as well as better economic growth without being blackmailed by foreign countries, our country, the United States of America’s Utilization of Energy sources must change. Our continued dependence on fossil fuels could and will lead to catastrophic consequences.

The federal, state and local government should implement a mandatory renewable energy installation program for residential and commercial property on new construction and remodeling projects with the use of energy efficient material, mechanical systems, appliances, lighting, etc. The source of energy must by renewable energy such as Solar-Photovoltaic, Geothermal, Wind, Biofuels, etc. including utilizing water from lakes, rivers and oceans to circulate in cooling towers to produce air conditioning and the utilization of proper landscaping to reduce energy consumption.

The implementation could be done on a gradual scale over the next 10 years. At the end of the 10 year period all construction and energy use in the structures throughout the United States must be 100% powered by renewable energy.

In addition, the governments must impose laws, rules and regulations whereby the utility companies must comply with a fair “NET METERING” (the buying of excess generation from the consumer), including the promotion of research and production of “renewable energy technology” with various long term incentives and grants. The various foundations in existence should be used to contribute to this cause.

A mandatory time table should also be established for the automobile industry to gradually produce an automobile powered by renewable energy. The American automobile industry is surely capable of accomplishing this task.

This is a way to expedite our energy independence and economic growth. It will take maximum effort and a relentless pursuit of the private, commercial and industrial government sectors commitment to renewable energy – energy generation (wind, solar, hydro, biofuels, geothermal, energy storage (fuel cells, advance batteries), energy infrastructure (management, transmission) and energy efficiency (lighting, sensors, automation, conservation) in order to achieve our energy independence.


Jay Draiman
Northridge, CA. 91325
12-27-2006

P.S. I have a very deep belief in America's capabilities. Within the next 10 years we can accomplish our energy independence, if we as a nation truly set our goals to accomplish this.
I happen to believe that we can do it. In another crisis--the one in 1942--President Franklin D. Roosevelt said this country would build 60,000 [50,000] military aircraft. By 1943, production in that program had reached 125,000 aircraft annually. They did it then. We can do it now.

Welcome to the conversation, Romy. I wish I could turn back time and host you during our discussion on The Wal*Mart Effect with Charles Fishman. We talked about many of the issues you highlight and what Fishman uncovered during his research. If you follow the link to his site, you will find a couple of excerpt to give you an idea.

The motivations are immaterial, what matters is that these initiatives are taking place. Wal*Mart has the potential to have an enormous positive impact on the environment *because* of the scale of their business.

It's great to see that Wal*Mart is continuing to expand its environmental initiatives, but don't mistake their greenwashing for honest concern. Their much publicized environmental programs are intended to obscure their actual business practices: specifically, labor violations at home and sweatshop produced products made abroad. And don't forget the fact that little or no concern is given to the environmental devestation wrought by manufacturing processes in these foreign countries--which lack proper oversight or regulation. It takes a lot of toxins and waste and water to fill Wal*Mart's big boxes with plastic gewgaws and chemical laden clothing. The only sustainability that Wal*Mart really cares about is the sustainability of their bottom line.

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