Face it. Energy is a huge consumer of our budget, and most of us are relatively huge consumers of energy.
If that didn’t make your head hurt…
The truth of the matter is, the situation in Japan had me looking at stuff about Chernobyl, the most severe nuclear meltdown in our history…until Japan. It has me rethinking nuclear energy too, which I used to regard as cheap, clean and efficient.
It might be cheap, clean (?) and efficient…but oh, when things go wrong…they go horribly wrong.
The big question is…what in the hell are we, as a world, going to do about it?
We’re going to hell in a handbasket and it’s not a nice ride. It doesn’t do any good for you and I to cut our carbon footprint, if Jake across town doubles his consumption, and there is a dozen houses over there that have failed to reduce their consumption…and another dozen over there that are using more every day. Industrilized nations are cleaning up their air, reducing emissions, becoming more efficient…while formerly Third World nations race to catch up, with no regulations about efficiency, emissions, pollutions, or production. We all occupy the same world, breath the same air, and have the same oceans touching our shores. The Japanese melt down is reminding us all of that.
It’s time to start really applying pressure, everywhere…to cut emissions, reduce consumption, encourage alternative energy, and clean up our act world wide. But how?
The economy stinks, we’re all trying to save a buck, we buy cheap goods…often produced in the worst offending factories and cities.
That’s the ticket right there. We need to pressure all of the industrialized countries to start “certifying” factories that meet the standards in their country as being such, and those without certification being inflicted with large tariffs to fund cleaning up our environment. By eliminating the economic incentive to cut corners to create cheap exports, factories will soon start installing the pollution preventing equipment and start using cleaner energy as required by the European Union and the United States. It might also stop the shift to manufacturing in these largely unregulated countries where their environment is quickly being turned into a cesspool of chemical by products too.
If we don’t do something to impact the environment world wide, what good does it do if we’re living in a closet? We’re still having to pay their environmental cost in our water, our air, and our futures.