You would have to take a fair and balanced approach to the issue. first identify the problem/s and verify their validity, identify why it exists,
present solutions, and weigh the consequence of each solution to the consequence of the initial problematic actions, and finally re-weigh the
plausible and sensible solutiions to identify an order of efficiency. then most importantly you have to identify which solutions will pass over with
the magority of the governed people and present them with a board of reactions to vote/choose from. once a solution set is elected it must be followed
vigilantly, amending it only to react to unforseen negative results and or a magority of displeasure among the governed, with each amendment being
given the same forethought and effort as the original solution set.
now that being said, i have been recently elected president and here comes mister problem across my desk! ohnoz!
The Problem: Degradign the overall well being of the planet and its climate via consumption of fossil fuels and other resources.
Ok so is it a valid one? sure. it has validity. we should always take care to preserve our nation and our planet for future generations. but why are
we doing this? We humons
are consuming natural resources because we must exist. even our far reaching ancestors burned wood and skinned dear. we
carved rocks and wood for transportation and basic essential life needs. now i understand that it is difficult to compare new york city today to the
caves and hills of 5 thousand years ago, but the reasons are still simple and the same. People burn gas for heat, we use natural resources to produce
food and package food... but there are definately some areas that we could trim the fat on so to speak.
First, the population continues to climb, and will continue to do so woyhout some global catastrophe or large scale population control being
implemented. we must assume that we humons will continue to grow in numbers as this is the worst case scenario for our purposes.
This means that more and more individuals will own and operate cars and/or have a need for transportation. this is a huge weight on natural resource
shoulders. we have already seen the implementation of "smart cars" hydrogen fuels, solar powered vehicles and the like. however, as of now the rate
of transition is that by the time we have implemented fully this plan, we will still be consuming the same amount of resources as we are today.
granted it will be less than if we didnt do anything at all, it still leaves a deficit in our resource budget. we must present more and new solutions
in conjunction with our current plan of action.
we could go back to horse drawn carriages. (insert laugh if you want here). however efficient this may be in reducing resource usage, the governed
would never embrace it. travel time would be greatly increased, and we would incur a whole new set of issues. you can keep a car in a garage, but a
horse requires special attention. so thats out.
we could require people to use bicylces. or other self powered vehicles. but yet again the efficency of this idea will be outwheighed by unpopularity.
we could implement a new eco friendly mass transit system. this idea could actually work. even though the individual would hae to entrust his ability
to arrive to work on time, or home in a timely manner, to someone else... there are ways to make it work, and people would adjust. these mass transit
systems are already in place in magor cities and have huge potential to reduce fuel consumption. although there would still be a need for POVs in more
urban and rural areas. The system could be electric, powered by turbine generated electricity coupled with solar coupled with hydroelectric means.
we could require people to work within a certain mileage of thier home, eleminating long commute and reducing fule used. the problem here is that the
purpose of government is not to be so intrusive on private lives as to tell you where you can work. (even though we may not see it in todays US
govm't) coupled with this we could develop means and ways to enable people to work from home via internet. This increases the issues with cyber
security but drastically reduces fuel usage.
there are more possibilities i am sure... but for now lets run with what we got here. obviously these are my ideas lol and i am gonna choose the
reasonable ones, but lets work it, k?
the mass transit idea is a decent idea, although i doubt making it mandatory would be a very fair action. making it available however is not enough.
in this instance we would have to make it mandatory. if you live in a city over the size of ****** amount of people, the city would be provided with a
transit system and using it would be mandatory for all residents. individual vehicle usage would be rationed, and a permit would be needed issued on a
case by case basis for a fee of course. for people living in a non-city thier place of work must be within 20 miles of thier residence, or actually be
thier residence. For people who do thier job on the computer, it should be made available to work from home over a secure network.
now i know this idea has flaws, and is obtrusive. but in this instance we are assuming that the worst is just around the corner
SECONDLY!!! and this is a real idea and i think that there could be real results from this... if you have skimmed through... READ THIS>
How many times have you gone to the gas pump? i am sure we dot it all the time. and no matter home much you jiggle the handle, or shake the line and
bang it against the fuel ramp, there is ALWAYS a drop or two of gas that falls out. no worries its just a drop, right???
there are roughly 305mil people in the us. AS OF 2000 there were 210mil or so liscensed drivers. sayting that a tank of gas lasts about a week (for me
it does, some more some less) that means that people are fueling 210mil times a week. that is 420mil drops spilled. each drop is 0.05ml. thats 21
million leteres a week. thats about 5.5 million gallons spilled a week. or 22million a month. with gas at 2.50, thats 55 million dollars spilled a
month. thats 715million dollars a year spilled on the ground roughly....
how is that for a kick in the pants!