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Here's an exceedingly Modest Proposal that could be called
"Bringing in the Golden Age".
The rapacious appetite for fossil fueled electricity of the
Federal Government for climate control and office equipment
would be stemmed by the simple expedient of turning off the
power to all the buildings.
Further emissions could be
diminished by impounding all Federal vehicles and embargoing
all travel save by foot. Employees would be instructed not to use
their personal vehicles to commute to work. Most of the bonus
of emissions reduction would, of course, derive from the
cessation of pointless labor and resources filling in forms (save
the trees!) for these same bureaucrats.
Though many paper handlers will complain that they are unable
to perform their duties, we may gradually reduce their number
by firing those not competent enough to adhere to this
important and reasonable (dare I say, ultimate) Federal
mandate. This formerly was the rule enforced against private
industry by fines and injunctions so there is ample precedent.
Steps should be taken not to allow the great mass of printed
regulations and forms from composting and emitting C02 into
the atmosphere, so such materials should be protected from
decomposition by the elements in the empty buildings not
turned to productive use.
The World would fall to its collective knees in admiration of this
demonstration of our strength and commitment and quickly
implement their own versions. There would be an exception for
the military, provided of course, that they promise not to pick
up any hitchhiking bureaucrats. The rest of the country could go
about its business unmolested by that pernicious class and
prosper knowing that they do God's work in staving off Gorebal
Warming/Climate Change or whatever King Putt was talking
Hey, it's not the results that count, but the intent, right? No,
don't thank me. I just love my country and want (nearly)
everyone to be happy.
turn it off
like a light switch [popbottle, Aug 11 2015]
||Okay, after much reading, it looks like the core of the idea is
||" turning off the power to all the buildings "
||So why is it in other:general ?
||I'm only going by [normzone]'s executive summary,
but is this a rant?
||Still, at least it's not in "product: robot".
||What's the rationale for the military exemption?
||Military exemption so countries that adhere to this aren't
instantly militarily obliterated by countries that don't.
||I kind of like the status quo of going all-electric in 20 years
and then doing a crash carbon-capture -and-sequestration
program when the climate starts to crash in 40 years.
||//military exemption// tsk, now you're trying to conflate ecology with peace. The goals do not depend on each other. An army does not rely on the high energy to weight ratio of fossil fuels for much of its operation, and many civil activities do.
||This is true; the pedal & solar powered F-44 fighters are so much more effective than the jet-powered ones they replace, and I am impressed how little time it takes to quick-charge those electric tanks.
||I boned this for rantishness, but withdrew the bone on reading the very modest name proposed at the beginning, which I like very much.
||Rant. Not an original idea. And unsupportive of hitchhikers to boot.
||You have to boot hitchhikers nowadays? Back in my
day, I usually just got clipped by a wing-mirror.