[Paleopsych] Energy Shift: A Partial Overview of Possibilities
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Sun Oct 17 16:33:47 UTC 2004
Shift to lighter-than-air craft
Use of high-end computing for more flexible and efficient schedules
Re-emphasis on trains.
Micro-factories to produce goods closer to the point of use
Advanced scheduling systems to reduce movement of empty vehicles
Tiny cars like you see in Europe
Reconfigured bus systems
New light rail systems
Intercity rail renewal- bullet trains to replace aircraft
Living closer to work to reduce need for commuting
Increase in tele-commuting
Electric-motor-assisted bicycles, tricycles etc
Mental health initiatives to reduce therapeutic shopping
Wind powered or wind-assisted freight and passenger ships- you can
put a wind turbine or savonius rotor on top to drive the propeller in the water.
Shift away from grain-fed meat, which mainly increases fat content and kills us by clogging our arteries.
Replace petroleum-based nitrogen fertilizers with crop rotations that use nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
Use of ground rock rather than high-processed minerals to provide other plant nutrients.
At home, replace ornamental plantings and vast expanses of lawn with food gardens.
Preserve space at the edge of cities for people-food production, and shift to seasonal eating patterns.
Integrated pest control and toleration of some level of cosmetic damage.
Shift away from simple-minded emphasis on increasing output per acre, toward emphasis on ROI based
on many factors.
Passive and active solar heating and cooling.
Re-emphasize use of natural light in building design.
Turning off many of those lights you see when you drive around late at night- signs etc.
Lignin from wood.
A huge opportunity, or a huge catastrophe, lies ahead.
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