Coastal Sense

What waits on the horizon? by clintmurphy
December 9, 2007, 2:59 pm
Filed under: Energy

This is an enlightening article.

Quickly, here are a few thoughts I have:

1. First and foremost, we need to follow Brazil’s lead and work to become energy independent.  Brazil did it using sugar cane.  We can do it too.  So too should we invest NOW in alternative energy forms such as solar, wind, etc… The investment now will pay dividends later and ease the crunch from the crisis on the horizon. 

2. It’s time for us to realize that this is an all encompassing issue – it’s not just a matter of energy.  It involves planning, design, etc… We must plan now to be sustainable

3. Transportation doesn’t mean just cars and roads.  If designed effectively and efficiently, transit works.  So too should there be more pedestrian and bike friendly ways to commute.  Living in a close proximity area, one could rarely have the need to actually drive.  Case in point: when I lived in Washington, DC I barely put 5,000 miles a year on my car. 

4. We shouldn’t wait for the price of oil to change public behavior, leaders should be setting examples now and driving and influencing public behavior. 

5. The new standard of construction should be the LEED standard. 

Change is on the horizon, it is up to us to decide if we are going to act now or wait and react later. 

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Best of luck with this.

Great point: Every state, city & county building, along with all public school and state college buildings should of course be LEED certified.

And for transportation, a train from ATL via Macon to Savannah (then to Jacksonville), not only helps the fast growing metro Southside get to ATL for work, it’s a tourism boon, partly to the attractions in Macon, but especially to Savannah and the coast. Make it easy for travelers to fly into Hartsfield and enjoy Savannah and the coast with out needing a car, and you have yourself hundreds of millions in new tourism revenue. And trains from ATL via Athens to Augusta, and ATL to Chattanooga, ATL to Birmingham, etc., all make perfect sense.

And if you talk to any good city or county planners, everything comes back to better planning & design (and zoning). Everything, whether the gas crunch, the drought, health, etc.

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