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Originally posted by SavedOne
Also wanted to add, I took a seminar on green solutions once and here's an interesting item of note- if we covered 1/10 the state of Nevada with solar panels, we could provide 100% of the electrical power needed for the entire US. Now I doubt the people of Nevada want to lose 10% of their state, but the point is if we spread that area of solar panels across the country we would eliminate the need for nuclear power, water power and the burning of coal to produce electricity. It would take some resources to create the panels and infrastructure, but the payback in saved energy costs and the reduction in pollution would seem to make it a no-brainer. Yet for some reason there are no (and I mean ZERO) incentives for this technology. I looked into offsetting the costs of adding solar panels on my house and was shocked to discover there are no incentives whatsoever, and I was also shocked to discover that many electric companies will not allow you to sell energy to the grid (a very important feature that allows you to "store" the energy your panels are capturing for reuse later). On the one hand our government talks a big game on energy conservation, but on the other hand they are doing very little to make it a reality. Make these things economically feasible to people and they WILL take advantage of it.
Likewise people complain about how much oil we use. Want to reduce oil consumption? The solution is VERY simple- quadruple the price of oil. You would be amazed at how quickly people would get into small cars, bicycles, walking, etc. The argument is that we couldn't do that because it would hurt the economy. Well it'll bounce back, it's very resilient.
Originally posted by drmeola
I like for everyone to understand where I believe the downfall of society stems from, and that would be simple family values, we have been brainwashed that we need everything, we are living in a material world where things have replaced the family time, when was the last time you played a board game instead of a video game? When was the last time, other then the holidays having you sat down to a dinner and conversation that lasted more than 15 minutes? Everyone has some place they are rushing to, the kids to the next video game, and even adults with their busy day, rushing to watch a television show or the nightly news.
Television has brainwashed the masses, with the whole single parent shows even dating back to the 50s, parents have had their hands tied by the establishment that we have become scared to discipline our own kids because they may come take them away. I am all about the positive reinforcement; however there are times when a good spanking goes a lot farther. I have posted another great movie for you to watch on my PAC thread on ATS as well as on my blog called: psychology an industry of death. They are drugging our kids, dismantling their creativity, how many can remember having woodshop metal shop basic electronics, typing, home eke, just to mention a few in their high school? I had them, but today kids hardly have these options available to them, why?
Kids no longer respect their parents, let alone each other, the public schools have become a joke in America compared to the rest of the world, at one time we where number one in education around the globe today we have dropped down to the mid 20s. If you decide to go for a higher education the system loves you because most come out with such a large debt on their backs they have no chance of ever getting out of the system slave world.
I am sure many of us have heard the expression that we have become a society of users and not producers, we can change that, it’s a mindset, no one can do this for you, only you can decide what is right for you.
Originally posted by SavedOne
The point of the OP is correct, reuse and recycling is nothing new, it's been around for centuries.
Originally posted by Maslo
Nice graph of energy use per capita to put things into perspective:
Seems like in terms of energy, the consumption per person has stopped increasing since 1970s...
Originally posted by peck420
No generation is inheirently superior to any other.
Each generation has done the best they could with the knowledge of the time.
Each generation has progressed knowledge as much as they could during their time.
All have contributed equally. Never forget that we have technology now that makes it easier for us only because they had a dream of that technology before we existed.