A link to a Google proposal on energy:
Over 22 years this plan could generate billions of dollars in savings and help create millions of green jobs. Many of these high quality, good-paying jobs will be in today's coal and oil producing states. Reduce, Develop, Electrify. In the process we will stimulate investment, create jobs, and empower consumers.
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This part of Google's proposal is particularly interesting:
We also need to give the American people opportunities to be more efficient. The way we buy electricity today is like going to a store without seeing prices: we pick what we want, and receive an unintelligible bill at the end of the month. When homes are equipped with smart meters and real-time pricing, research shows that energy use typically drops. Google is looking at ways that we can use our information technology and our reach to help increase awareness and bring better, real-time information to consumers.
I think if people saw their energy use measured in DOLLARS & CENTS as it was being used it would have a huge impact on energy use. In other words ... turning on 3 lights in the house would show you 1¢ a second being used or 1 mile driven would show you 20¢ gone.
Here's the deal ... the world isn't taking "energy" seriously. But more to the point ... the oil companies are being CRIMINAL in their response to the energy/economy crisis.
Make no mistake ... ALL of the issues with the current worldwide economic crisis - even the financial/investment meltdown is related to oil and energy costs. How is that possible? I don't know of anyone - outside of my family that has adjusted their driving habits at all - not even 5%. This has caused a major shift in money allocation. People are spending more money on gas and food - having less to spend on their mortgages and bills. They are getting into immense amounts of debt - all because of gas and food (which rose because of high distribution costs).
How could it be solved? Not easily, not popularly ... I can say that.
1) Give tax credits from both state & federal government on ANY VEHICLE that gets better than 40 MPG. Have a federal buyback plan for any car greater than 20 years old. Any car greater than 30 years old should be considered a luxury to own and should be taxed accordingly. Recycle old cars metals and parts - this would be a HUGE boom to the steel and auto industry.
2) Encourage solar, regenerative, and wind power with a national advertising campaign and give companies who are producing or researching such technology tax breaks. Similarly, levy taxes against businesses who refuse energy planning/efficiency programs.
3) Penalize the oil industry in any amount above a $2 billion profit - not revenue - profit! Tax this amount at 60%. Whatever a Republican says, whatever an executive of an oil company says about capitalism is pure bunk. Oil is not a commodity - it is a necessity. It is not something that should be unrestricted and unregulated. It is not something that investors should be allowed to manipulate in the markets. To be fair - there are PLENTY of other commodities that investors and stock market players could manipulate but wouldn't have the impact gas has on so many different things.
4) Force gas station owners to go back to full service. What? That's preposterous! Why would I suggest that? Three reasons: it would prevent drive offs and save time. It would also SAVE gasoline. Have you ever noticed how the nozzle from the gas pump drips gasoline as you put it back in the "holster". I have ALWAYS wished someone would do a study about how much gasoline is wasted every day around the world because of the poor design of gas pumps and people not "shaking those extra drops".
5) Municipal and education facilities should invest NOW and implement within 5 years solar parking arrays.
6) Schools should start teaching budgeting - including as part of the curriculum saving energy to save money, budgeting time to save money, recycling to make money, wasting less to save money, being involved more locally to save money.
7) Car manufacture companies should be implementing solar charging of automobiles NOW. There is no excuse why we should be plugging in hybrid or electric cars. Plugging in and charging for hours at a time makes no sense. Give incentives to businesses that build solar arrays in parking lots for employees to charge electric vehicles during the day while they work.
8) Bring all U.S. Troops home from around the world. Foreign governments and peoples do not seem to care or appreciate our presence. End foreign entanglements except in our own defense. Be slow reactive instead of slow proactive. Let all countries and leaders know that our reaction will be severe - so beware. Employ troops at home - securing our borders and securing our neighborhoods - assisting police.
9) Stop all immigration for 5 years. The immigration problem is also causing a severe drain on our resources and energy. The country's growth without a paying tax base cannot support itself. This also entails ending of all persons born in this country become citizens by nature. This was implemented to grow this country and GROW THE TAX BASE. Mexicans are growing the population without growing the tax base.
10) Encourage people to shop and entertain themselves locally. Encourage walking and exercising to save money by living healthier, having to eat less, and save gas.
11) End payroll deductions except for Social Security and move to a flat tax of 15% of all income over $36,000 / $48,000 for married couples / + $2500 for each child. Make a flat nationwide sales tax of 10% with no tax on food of ANY KIND prepared or unprepared. Require states to retreat to a 7% tax - with the federal government receiving 3%. Have one weekend a year be a tax holiday with no tax of any kind period. End excise or special taxes. End all property taxes. Tax all homes above $450,000 in value unless used for residence profitable business or farmed and profitable 10% annually. Tax all automobiles over $75,000 in value; 10% annually for 5 years.
These 11 things, if implemented would change the world. I know. I'm Philip Smith and I approved this message.
* It may seem like a popular thing to say the oil companies are cheating us and an anti-capitalistic statement. Review this financial statement at Yahoo!Finance and then ask yourself honestly if the oil industry is a "caring capitalist".