I choose to believe that we can, as a nation, make the transition to the many forms of sustainable energy available to us, that we must. It will require us to become master conservationists and recyclers of whatever exists today. It will mean less factory farming. It will limit our choices as consumers. Yes, it will use fossil fuels and rare minerals to do so, but in the end will result in less and less use of fossil fuels and rare minerals.
Once we build the political will, and the events in Japan bring us closer to that tipping point, we must determine the best and highest uses of the current sustainable energy portfolio to replace the worst carbon and greenhouse gas burning users first. We take one step at a time, solve the problems that arise and then take the next step, consciously and intentionally deciding to have a lighter footprint on Earth. We can do it. United Americans have never failed to do what we set out to do.
Going into broken record mode here, but we need to amend the Constitution to unequivocally state only We the People have Constitutional rights and money is not protected political speech--as the first point of business. The vast majority of corporations are harmless and many are actually beneficial. They just go about their business. But every single one of them has more rights/privileges than We the People do. And the particularly rapacious ones employ those rights and privileges at every turn to exploit their Constitutional human rights when it suits them, especially in elections and legislating, and exploit their non-human privileges, general liability and regulatory commissions, to run rough shod over people and the environment, leading to oil spills, mining disasters, chemical leaks and plant explosions, murder and more, all with impunity.
Corporate Constitutional rights were expressly not included in the Constitution, a point the framers had no conflict over, and were not acquired by the people's assent through our representatives. This is a Supreme Court created mess. When we remove corporations from the political arena by taking away their Constitutional rights, then we can make headway on how best to transition to a green economy in the least harmful ways, and solve a host of other problems, too.
The hopelessness from so many commentators on this list is a result of the fracturing of advocates and activists into issue silos, where goodhearted people run from one problem to the next inside their silo and make or don't make incremental reform. The foundation supporting all that is Corporate Constitutional Rights. Bring down the foundation, let the contents of the silos spill onto the field, where we can clearly see how issues are connected and finally begin to create solutions together in a democratic framework, where all people are equal and where legal fictions aka corporations are not included, because they are not people. Sign the Motion to Amend.
Money in politics is a huge problem, but is only a symptom of the disease. As long as corporations are imbued with human rights, human beings and the environment will continue on this downward spiral, which is why hundreds of thousands of Americans, very likely more, are currently involved in a growing peoples movement.