Looking to the Future

I am watching the Chris Matthews show. There was a comment about American’s being nostalgic for their childhood when families stayed together and there were no global problems.

The problem with that point of view is that it is not true today, it may never have been true. We are in a situation now where the weak economy feeds this nostalgia. We have to move as fast as possible away from the solutions of the past which bind us to a weak economy. Coal, Oil, and Gas do not create jobs, they spend the savings on our balance sheet — exploit our natural resources for short term gain. Do we need to continue to do this to tie us over, absolutely. But real job growth and wealth creation comes from innovation. Alternative energy, efficient cars, advanced agriculture, zero-energy buildings, next generation radar systems, and much more will create millions of jobs which reducing the impact on our planet — borrowing from our balance sheet as necessary but not consuming from it like a drunken sailor.
I am optimistic about the future. We can do this, but we have to start with leaving our nostalgia behind.
2 replies
  1. walter
    walter says:

    " But real job growth and wealth creation comes from innovation."well, that is true, but there is more nuance to it than this hints at. The way that the inovation is funded and nurtured, the way we manufacture and market can either keep us in the box or get us out of the box. The box may have a facet called energy enslavement to iol, but that is not the bigger box itself. That box also has facets for the mega-players, the market controling stripped down financial corporate valves that decide what is rational (profit generating) and what is a serious threat to themselves. Dont expect that alternative by itself can change jack.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Isn't it the case that most alternative energy systems are intended to work within a diverse and distributed network of energy provision?Given the concentration of capital today in big oil, big coal and big utilities, surely there must be a competing strategy in place to preserve some degree of concentration of monopoly rent generating power in any future energy complex. No?

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