A monumental victory. Good for America. Good for Barack. Heard on MSNBC this morning that already the Taliban wants to negotiate post results of this election. Now what kind of public works would be ideal to 1) get the country going again, 2) put people back to work, 3) cure a major problem, 4) be good for the environment….?…How about a massive effort like during World War II – but instead of building war machines and weapons to thwart Hitler and Mussolini’s Nazi/fascists, what about building something to cure our energy dilemma?
After some calculation, starting with the fact that one megawatt of wind energy can supply 270 homes with electricity [fact supplied by American Wind Energy Association or awea.org], what if we started building enough 2.5 megawatt Clipper wind turbines [these already commercially exist] to power ALL of the USA’s homes?! Yes, that would take 122,000 turbines. It would put people to work doing something they would take great pride in, and not be pollutive. Also, these turbines could be exported to the rest of the world, and make America the world leader in wind power. Although most Americans don’t realize this: America right now is number two in megawattage in the world behind world leader Germany.
Where could we do this? How about in all those closing car plants? Retrofit or superfit them. In 2007 Ford alone produced 2.5 MILLION vehicles. Get into those closing or closed plants, Americans, and let’s solve our energy/electricity mui pronto! No nuclear needed [first new nuclear plant wouldn’t be on line til 2015 anyway; no ultimately toxic nuclear waste with over 500 different kinds of radionuclides produced every day in each of our 104 current nuclear plants to cause cancer, genetic defects, mutations, fetal loss – these are just for starters. See more in the Chernobyl post on this site re plutonium and specific other radionuclides.] Minimize ‘clean’ coal or dirty coal [remember that 50% of USA electricity is now generated by coal; 18.8% by nuclear; ~19% from natural gas; coming up to 2% by wind; only 2% by oil.]
Congratulations Mr. President-Elect, we can pull ourselves out of our economic mess by our bootstraps. At least $10 billion per month we waste in Iraq. Withdraw quickly. Sorry thanks to Mr. Bush/Cheney/Rice/Rumsfeld and all the hawky plunderers who have helped kill about 1,000,000 Iraqis and maybe 4000 Americans by now in that unfortunate oil-rich country. Negotiate with the Taliban. Let’s get the world on the road to peace, instead of war and domination. And the suppression of our own civil liberties. Can’t we close at least half of those expensive 800 military bases overseas? We’ve spent ourselves into fantastic debt and economic desecration by thinking we can rule the world and maintain our empire, mostly for the benefit of corporations who have no soul or commitment to anything humane or human.
Change. Time for it to start bubbling. The people are enthusiastic. Let’s ride the wave, and make this country and planet a great place to live and improve upon, based on love and encouragement.
11 5 08 C Conrad Miller M.D.
Edition III of ‘The Most Important Issues Americans THINK They Know Enough About,’ addressing the above approach to our future, is featured in Dr. Miller’s book – – available from Amazon and other sources in 2 weeks.