Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Denmark has held its energy consumption flat while doubling GDP, while at the same time US energy consumption increased 40%, underpinning a quadrupling of GDP. Hundreds of thousands of Danish homes and other buildings are warmed by surplus heat from power plants. Government policies have spurred developers to build homes with thick insulation, and consumers to buy energy-efficient appliances. Utilities that can't meet government energy-savings guidelines can buy credits from companies that have invested in efficiencies. the country's energy sector is in the hands of nonprofit cooperatives, with residents as shareholders, making it easier for government to direct policy. ::More

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.