The Green New Deal

Posted by: on Nov 29, 2008 | No Comments

The Green New Deal is about putting a lot of money – although relatively small in comparison to the huge corporate bail outs going on – into training and tooling up a large workforce to improve the energy efficiency of EVERY house in the UK. This is a win-win-win-win situation.

It stimulates the economy nationally and locally (one would hope a condition would be to use UK-sourced materials), creates jobs, gives training, and massively reduces our country’s dependency on foreign energy sources. Oh AND it means lower fuel bills for everybody in the country, forever (relative to those bills without the efficiency improvements of course).

What a vote winner that would be. It is probably only a matter of time before this kind of policy is adopted by the mainstream parties – after all it is a rare prospect that of a truly tangible benefit to everybody in the country in hard times. There’s large scale unemployment around the corner, and manufacturing needs a boost. Obviously there will have to be a plan to transition these skills and services into new lines of business as the process unfolds – but its going to take a fair few years to cover every one of the 26 million or so households in the UK. Of course the skills will transfer in some ways to the commercial sector too.

It makes perfect sense to stimulate a war-time style effort to create solar heating panels, small scale wind generators (hmm not on houses…) and locally-produced insulation solutions. Can Warmcel style insulation be made locally from waste paper, can we make thermafleece locally? Can we grow enough hemp for hemp insulation?

You can download the full Green New Deal proposal PDF. Why not mail the link to everyone you know who is fed up with the increasing per-capita national debt as a result of failing economic systems? Oh sorry, that’s pretty much everyone. Give it a go eh? It’s not about voting green (although I’ve now decided that I will – every little does help) its about getting behind the concept.

Whichever party does it, we will all be thankful.

This is just depressing

Posted by: on Nov 29, 2008 | No Comments

Someone crushed to death in the sales at a Walmart store, how very depressing.

Peak oil and food shortages haven’t even kicked in yet. Wait for the AK-47 toting hordes who will be raiding the supermarkets come day 3 after chronic oil shortages make it apparent that the shops cannot re-stock their shelves.

Always nice to end on a note of cheer before bed eh.

Interesting presentation on solving US oil dependency

Posted by: on Nov 26, 2008 | No Comments

Short, sweet, and on the surface it seems pretty smart. Notwithstanding George Monbiot’s recent blog post indicating that the oil requirement for green energy ramp-up may tip us over the precipice even quicker, this former oil man may be onto something for the US (and hence the world).