From Peak Oilers to Citizens for Sustainable Living
Posted by Glenn on September 14, 2005 - 8:36pm in The Oil Drum: Local
But then what? Demand destruction can happen two ways: (A) loss of economic activity or (B) a shift toward a more sustainable economic system.
That is why I would like to start reframing the peak oil issue from one that focuses on the negative doom and gloom consequences of inaction into one that presents a positive vision of creating a sustainable society with healthier lifestyles for all citizens. However negative the consequences, we must focus on what we are for, not just what we are against.
Here's a brief summary of what I have collected that we as peak oilers (Citizens for sustainable living?) are for:
- Insist on complete transparency of the world's oil reserves and production on a well by well basis.
- Make national energy independence a national economic and security goal
- Create an energy efficiency ethic in society that abhors wasteful behaviors
- Raise fuel economy standards for passenger cars and trucks - encourage adoption of hybrids, electric plug-ins and other more sustainable automobile designs
- Re-institute the 55 mph speed limit for maximum efficiency
- Decrease traffic through better design, congestion pricing, more telecommuting, staggered start hours, off-peak commuting incentives carpooling, etc.
- Invest in building and maintaining mass transit systems to connect as many communities as possible.
- Invest in the national passenger and freight rail infrastructure
- Revise building codes for maxiumum energy efficiency
- Encourage walking, biking, line skating and all forms of self propelled transportation through clearly marked lanes and public awareness campaigns.
- Encourage local food production, urban green gardens, farmer markets.
- Generate as much local power as possible from solar, wind, biomass, hydro/tidal and other sustainable forms of energy