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Governments and Big Business Resist Life-Saving Changes

posted by Jael Ever @ 19:29 PM
February 2, 2015

2011-nissan-leaf_100337270_m   As Global Warming’s dangers to Planet Earth’s become increasingly obvious to most people, hidden beneath what is known about its affects is what governments and big corporations prevent Americans and citizens in other developed nations from doing what they can do to stop it.

Simple innovations and common-sense practices could easily reduce the use of carbon fuels, the greatest cause of heating atmospheres, melting glaciers, and warming world oceans.  These include underground wiring, solar paneling, localized heat and hot water heaters, out-side clothes drying, more public transportation and high-speed rail lines instead of gas-burning automobiles, etc.

For instance, instead of spending billions on un-winnable wars, local, state and federal taxes could provide underground wiring which would prevent power outages and keep people from dying in harshest winter conditions.  Such safety measures would decrease the constant need of utility company repairs, which again use carbon-fueled trucks to maintain some semblance of residential power.

Allowing people to install solar panels on roof tops, using the sun to warm water and houses would again decrease such high dependence on carbon burning energy. But unfortunately, too many neighborhoods give little if any reason as to why these panels remain forbidden. Is it because politicians are heavily influenced by power companies not willing to reduce the use of carbon-burning energy?

A simple thing like ‘allowing’ homes and apartments to install water heaters under sinks, rather than in basements would greatly reduce amounts of power needed to bring warmer water from heaters in basements where water simply cools and must be reheated again, and again.

Yet major retailers refuse to sell such localized heaters, forcing people to buy the larger and more expensive ones.  And of course they don’t sell solar panels or light plastic roofing either, because the present roofing materials––i.e. tiles and tars––require carbon-based ingredients.

One wonders why some politicians fought so hard to prevent high-speed trains from serving the East Coast which would have saved billions in carbon-burning transportation.  But then it is well know that automobile companies use vast political powers to discourage public transportation.

Yet good meaning people kept fight for better lower-emission fuels, electric cars and other forms of non-carbon based transportation which have grown increasingly popular. One wonders if the increase in ‘cross-over’ car models is the truth behind Saudi Arabia’s drive to lower gasoline prices, so drivers won’t switch.

The one that gets me though are the gazillions of local ordinances forbidding drying clothes on drying_clothes_sold-fashion clothes lines, because “they lower the aesthetic value of neighborhood properties.” No, what they do is to keep people buying dryers.

Thousands of good-meaning people fight usually losing battles against such life-threatening allegiances between corporations and governments. But now the stakes are too high. Knowing the whole planet can go up in flames so that a few people can continue to make billions on carbon-based fuels, and knowing that workers can easily be retrained, money barons argue that change will cost jobs.

That not to change will kill millions of of people, they seem to care less. If only they understood the real ‘end game’––Judgment Day––then such selfish greed would not be so appealing.  But as used Christian Bibles warn:  “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6: 10).”

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