Can we be carfree and have Jobs and Energy Independence?
- The Ten-Point Plan for Good Jobs and Energy Independence
1. Promote Advanced Technology & Hybrid Cars: Begin today to provide
incentives for converting domestic assembly lines to manufacture highly
efficient cars, transitioning the fleet to American made advanced
technology vehicles, increasing consumer choice and strengthening the US
[Does anyone expect hybrids from the US auto industry,
the people who have been heavily promoting SUVs?]
3. Encourage High Performance Building: Increase investment in
construction of "green buildings" and energy efficient homes and offices
through innovative financing and incentives, improved building
operations, and updated codes and standards, helping working families,
businesses, and government realize substantial cost savings.
4. Increase Use of Energy Efficient Appliances: Drive a new generation of
highly efficient manufactured goods into widespread use, without driving
jobs overseas, by linking higher energy standards to consumer and
manufacturing incentives that increase demand for new durable goods and
increase investment in US factories.
5. Modernize Electrical Infrastructure: Deploy the best available
technology like scrubbers to existing plants, protecting jobs and the
environment; research new technology to capture and sequester carbon and
improve transmission for distributed renewable generation.
6. Expand Renewable Energy Development: Diversify energy sources by
promoting existing technologies in solar, biomass and wind while setting
ambitious but achievable goals for increasing renewable generation, and
promoting state and local policy innovations that link clean energy and jobs.
7. Improve Transportation Options: Increase mobility, job access, and
transportation choice by investing in effective multimodal networks
including bicycle, local bus and rail transit, regional high-speed rail
and magnetic levitation rail projects.
[What's the motivation here? Selling buses? How about
limiting the amount of parking? Right now, California is
stealing property tax funds from buses to balance the
8. Reinvest In Smart Urban Growth: Revitalize urban centers to promote
strong cities and good jobs, by rebuilding and upgrading local
infrastructure including road maintenance, bridge repair, and water and
waste water systems, and by expanding redevelopment of idled urban
brownfield lands, and by improving metropolitan planning and
[Good place for that multimodal and bus transportation,
isn't it? Is parking considered part of revitalization?]
9. Plan For A Hydrogen Future: Invest in long term research &
development of hydrogen fuel cell technology, and deploy the
infrastructure to support hydrogen powered cars and distributed
electricity generation using stationary fuel cells, to create jobs in
the industries of the future.
[I'm a real grump about Hydrogen. I think it's another fad,
like shale oil and wind power, which will fizzle fast
when the federal funds get cut. What we need is fewer
cars on the roads, not new propulsion systems.]
10. Preserve Regulatory Protections: Encourage balanced growth and
investment through regulation that ensures energy diversity and system
reliability, that protects workers and the environment, that rewards
consumers, and that establishes a fair framework for emerging
[Not if there's another Bush administration.]