Sustainability = Embracing Abundance

<p>With the presidential campaign in full swing, environmental issues, especially the burning of fossil fuels and the need to find alternatives, are top-of-mind for many people. I do not ask that you support one candidate over another but it is imperative that you become engaged in the political process and drive your favorite candidate to embrace sustainability.<br /> <br /> As a certified tree hugger, I know all about carbon emissions, the realities of peak oil, global warming, ocean acidification and so on. When it comes to the need to move the industrialized world off fossil fuels and last-century thinking toward sustainability in the new millennium, I am an easy sell&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but I am the exception rather than the rule.<br /> <br /> So, how do we reach everyone else? Most people don&rsquo;t really care about the minutiae of energy independence so long as the United States and its western allies stop subsidizing unstable dictators with their oil and gas addiction. To paraphrase a line by Dennis Farina on <em>Law &amp; Order</em>, &ldquo;Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, as long as that gas find its way into my Mercedes, I really don&rsquo;t care where it comes from.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> That&rsquo;s the thing: very few Americans want the United States to import more oil and gas but they have been immersed in propaganda about the perceived impracticality of alternative and renewable energy for so long and to such an effective extent that they keep filling the tank of their automobile with gallons of viscous poison every few days.<br /> <br /> The key to reaching them and allowing them to feel comfortable with the big change which the use of new energy sources will involve is to minimize the inconvenience or, better yet, make the new way of doing things more convenient than the current paradigm.<br /> <br /> On the question of increased convenience, we have the Interstate Traveler Hydrogen Superhighway project which draws closer to breaking ground every day. As a partner in the company, there are many details which I cannot share with you. However, if you haven&rsquo;t read my original two-part interview with Justin Sutton, inventor of the Interstate Traveler and recipient of the prestigious Sir Isaac Newton Award from the American Computer Science Association, you can jump to it from here without losing your place.</p>
<p align="center"><a href="allthings/55/Solving-Two-Crises-with-a-Single-Platform.html" target="_blank">Interview Part 1</a> | <a href="allthings/65/A-Green-Solution-To-Red-Asphalt.html" target="_blank">Interview Part 2</a></p>
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<p>To me, though, the greatest portion of good news comes from the fact that we don&rsquo;t have to wait for construction of the Interstate Traveler to be complete in order to embrace the new paradigm. In fact, it is the simple fact that many bright minds are giving us the answers right now which inspires in me the greatest hope for the future.<br /> <br /> As an expert in the climate crisis, I know just how powerful an ally ingenuity can be. Take the wonderful technology featured in the video below. It is very is real! It is happening today and it is from a firm based in Florida, my home state! What makes it sell to lead-footed American drivers who used to have a carefree attitude toward driving a huge SUV on grocery runs is that it embraces abundance and produces a simple solution right in the good old US of A. It takes something which we have in large quantities, blends it with elbow grease and solves a huge problem.<br /> <br /> My personal thanks for the good people at Environmental Defense and the Florida Wildlife Federation for making the video available for the world to see!</p>
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