Thursday, May 31, 2007


I'm riled-up by news of new regulations trying to be pushed through by the powers-that-be in Washington to further squash WIND and SOLAR energy development and use by anyone but the richest, most-subsidized farmers and consumers. They teach alternative power types in schools and yet when these same students enter the real world- they'll find that the HUGE COSTS of "professional design" and "inspection" of even the most minimal home off-grid power systems are WAY beyond their reach.
How sweet it would be instead if the government could create programs to make it attractive and possible for ALL economic brackets to experiment with solar and wind power. Some systems, such as windmills, require much tweaking and fussing, re: location and wiring setup, before you can dial in the correct configuration for your needs. But if you've paid enormous amounts already to just get "design & approval" for ONE type of setup--you're stuck.
What a shame. When we could be joining the REST of the planet by HELPING people use cleaner energy forms.

Mom and Pop and lower-income families COULD be provided with some programs to help them achieve this- and yet our government is instead trying to make it harder than ever to put up ONE freaking windmill on their farm to generate electricity.
The message is as clear as ever: OIL, GAS, COAL, NUCLEAR, AND MORE OIL are the methods approved by our great leaders. Anything else just doesn't make the OIL MOBSTERS enough money.
And unfortunately the OIL MOB has been running things (why are we at war, for instance?) for a long time.
It's just really really sad- our obsession with private vehicles and planet-killing "freedoms" has led us to ridiculous fake-o "solutions" like ethanol, which is wasting lots of good farmland and resources, and doesn't even get real mileage---it's harder on the planet than OIL, for heaven's sake!
A shame, really, when once again, the U.S. could set a great example (since we already consume SO much more power and resources per person than ANY country anywhere) by PROMOTING less oil dependence.
STOP THE PRESSES: This just in: (June 1st) Perhaps you read my recent BlogSpot "jest" about the "Peak-Beer Shortages"-? Well now it appears that there WILL be a possible TEQUILA shortage. Why? Because more farmers are leaving behind food crops/agave/anything useful, to run and grow CORN for the ETHANOL BOONDOGGLE. Yes, farmers in Mexico, who are no doubt in even more desperate straights than their U.S. brethren, are now switching their fields over to fuel-production to try and stay solvent. Thus furthering the RULING CLASS PROGRAM for the Overall Culling Of The Unwanted/Overabundant Masses. And cutting-back on our tequila supply. Gulp-!

Sorry pal---- if you wire up your OWN system (and of course I can understand why they don't want just ANYONE wiring up off-grid systems) you better watch out for Mr. Inspector Man a-comin' to hit you with the BIG fine!
EVERYTHING right now depends on oil. Our food supply, EVERYTHING. We gotta get this turned-around. The privations and shortages that are DEFINITELY coming are going to be hard on us all! Expect your electricity and gas supplier to soon deny service on certain days (they DON'T guarantee you 24/7 service-read your contract), the same at the gas pump---I already lived through rationing once; and also your WATER will be rationed severely, too. Sound fun?
And who will choose who gets power and gas at what times? When will the hospital get it, or the grocery store, or the UPS truck...and on and on.

By being a sustainable organic farmer who ISN'T rich and/or heavily subsidized--you will become CRIMINALIZED by your choice of: housing (try and put up a YURT on your property!), farming (try growing with MEAN AG farms spraying herbicide all around your acreage, and running off into your water table/blowing over the fence), and so on...
NOT a friendly country to be in -- especially when one grew up with SO much talk of "ecology" and "conservation"... what a load of rubbish they fed us-really. It was never backed-up with action.
Lets change this.
Walter watches. (and thinks: "Who Took My Tequila??")

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