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The kind of solutions the disease demands will only come from a new paradigm, visionary politic, supported by leaders who understand the vision.  Where those leaders are i don't know.

What we're achieving here in our discussions is a foundation which can be used by those necessary visionaries, that undergirds the courage needed to tell the truth and propose a way out.  This situation demands the equivalent to real entrepreneurship.  Many can write about or support innovation, but true entrepreneurship is very rare.  It demands the ability to stand up and say no, willing to walk away from a deal that does not really reflect what you seek... despite the deal being partly worthwhile.

So it is now.  The system is so broken, only those with the courage to actually say it can move us forward.  I too, like Grandpa, believe the global economic fundamentals are sound, only just not on this planet.

A National Investment Bank (internationally supported) has to be but a main gear in the drive train building a sustainable infrastructure.  Simple, except the dinosaur interests like the coal lobby are flailing with all their power to survive by crushing us.  An international Apollo program of sustainability, which begins with building insulation and the immediate re-channeling of industrial infrastructure towards wind and solar on a massive scale, is indeed our best hope.

But then there's GE's Wall STreet  darling, Jeffrey Immelt yesterday, calling on Congress to ratify the nuclear deal with India, and calling nuclear power " the safest, non-polluting energy generation technology."  I don't hear him pontificating about GE's wind turbines (decent but not particularly the heights of the industry), as they only make up some 3% of GE's gross.

But then i've been saying pretty much the same damn thing for decades now.  Sustainability is only tens of millions of purposeful jobs globally in an aggressive program to fix this civilization.  And windsmiths love their work, because it's satisfying working hard towards a dream.  "Hey man, i did 3 turbines yesterday, and climbed 5 times!"

/rant

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Sep 27th, 2008 at 08:07:58 AM EST
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we've done it before i believe, but we could have a diary about the program details of establishing a global sustainability infrastructure like Apollo or Gore's thing, so it all can be found in one place, perhaps even ongoing.

another thing, i have to report i'm certifiably insane.  Despite three decades of high-level fighting against the combustion of fossil fuels, i'm going to spend part of this gorgeous weekend in Germany watching the glitz and glamour circus of the fastest Benzin-burning vehicles in the world, now running under the world's biggest and brightest lighting system, as the Ecclestone ecstasy moves to that bastion of future capitalism, Singapore.  (OK, i dream of sponsoring Formula 1 cars running on renewably-generated hydrogen.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Sep 27th, 2008 at 08:17:31 AM EST
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Don't worry - those races don't actually happen in the real world.  They're all computer generated fantasies and special effects and the results are by negotiated and paid for agreement!

Vote McCain for war without gain
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Sep 27th, 2008 at 08:25:08 AM EST
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btw, fine diary and discussion.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Sep 27th, 2008 at 08:40:12 AM EST
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Thanks.  I still hope, some day, to write  diary that wins the supreme Oscar around here - a recommendation by the Crazy Horse!  Now that would be a collectors piece :-).

I'm thinking of doing one on the single malts of Islay....

Vote McCain for war without gain

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Sep 27th, 2008 at 08:46:20 AM EST
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you do it. as long as it can be drunk along with.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Sep 27th, 2008 at 09:26:00 AM EST
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Well, Grasshopper, you still have a long apprenticeship to serve before you achieve the necessary state of enlightenment.....

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat Sep 27th, 2008 at 09:27:15 AM EST
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