Posts Tagged ‘crisis’

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Now I’m really scared…Financial meltdown foreshadows sustainability crisis

September 20, 2008

I’d been a disappointed proponent of allowing capital markets to place a value on sustainability.  I naively believed that anticipation of rising energy costs and emissions controls would drive investment in alternatives.

Today, it’s obvious that our market system is so greed driven that it can’t plan a quarter ahead let alone build something with returns over several years.  To compond problems, our government is handing out “get of out jail free” cards to Wall Street that further absolve of fatal lacks of strategic sustainable  thinking.

I mostly agree with the Government’s actions but think that we’re entering a era of required external oversight to ensure sustainable business practices. 

If you carry this thinking just a little farther, it’s obvious that the markets are never going to be able to foster sustainable technologies and practices without similar external (governmental) pressure.  I still think that economic incentives are the right approach for changing individual behavior, but short-term profit and entrenched interestes (oil & gas, etc) create too much pressure for the market figure this out alone.

While I would like to see less government involvement, we have to demand legislation that creates “artificial” incentives for sustainablity (alternative energy, recycling, and conservation).   This is our wake up call: the mortgage meltdown is a paper loss because the homes still exist – sustainablity is about real assets being lost forever.

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And suddenly…it’s a CRISIS!

June 20, 2008

There is some very bad energy MoJo consistently coming from prominent Republicans (McBush & Gov Perry) calling our current energy situation a Crisis. It’s not – it’s our new way of life get used to it.

Calling it a “crisis” is a transparent attempt to link us back to th 70s and the Jimmy Carter era. I believe that McBush wants us to hook that idealistic, but ineffective president to more recent Presidential hopefuls. The word crisis also implies that it’s a temporary situation that we can “fix” and then go back to our regular lives. Sorry McBush, but the days of wasteful consumption are ending. Welcome to the Age of Constraints.