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SG-W:/ Fw: Presentation
The two page "Convince
Sheet" can be obtained at www.egroups.com/groups/RunningOnEmpty
then click on "files" and then on 2 page convince sheet. This message
contains a lot of information on energy and is condensed for easy circulation.
Everyone needs to read it. My web page outlines solutions and is at http://provide.net/~kssustain
To Bruce Thomson,
Last night I delivered copies of the convince sheet to the Washtenaw county
commissioners and to an AA News reporter covering the meeting. I have
already delivered copies to the Ann Arbor city council. There was a 5 minute
citizen comment and this is what I said. I hope people in other towns will take
Land For The Future
next 10 to 20 years the price of oil will skyrocket to the point that gasoline
rationing will be essential. Natural gas will also become in such short supply
that heating homes will be difficult. Under those conditions we will need more
farmland because the farmer will not only have to grow food but also energy.
There are no inexpensive solutions for these problems. They will last forever.
If there is not a mandated plan of action which involves both extreme
conservation and extreme diligence then there will be riots. The break up of
society will cause
It is therefore
necessary for you to save farmland from Urban Sprawl in any way you can. Every
new home that is built is a loss of farmland. All new construction should
be apartments rather than houses or trailer courts. Mobile homes are
particularly bad because their large surface area wastes heat. In order to
foster denser housing with taller buildings, zoning needs to be changed so that
self contained apartment buildings can be built in the country or houses changed
into apartments. Using an acre to build a house is an unpardonable
waste of land. Apartment buildings can easily dispose of sewage by making biogas
and fertilizer from it. Apartments should be self powered as much as possible.
County government should formulate plans for building energy saving complexes of
apartments outside the city. We must start developing farming as a cooperative
venture because lack of fuel and more intense farming will require large amounts
is to stop the taxation of farm and nature land so that building will be slowed.
This means that taxation must be shifted to houses and new developments. Farmers
themselves do not get many services from tax money. They should be
taxed only on their houses and not on their land.. Farmers and farmland
are natural resources and should be protected in any way possible. Wild
and nature land is a possible source of food, lumber, and fuel. Therefore it
should also be saved for the children.
It is also essential
to initiate a mass tree planting program because wood will be our cheapest
energy source. Forests make topsoil, lumber, nature, hunting, food, and fuel.
Trees, which bear fruits, acorns for pigs, and nuts are very important. The city
and county should get together and develop programs using prisoners, volunteers,
and students to plant trees. The development of a local Civilian Conservation
Corps, which could be expanded to become Nation wide, would assist in
There should be
a model project which would show some of the measures needed to obtain
Sustainability. A small 8 unit apartment house which I call an Ecomindium could
be built on the city landfill site. The Ecomindium would demonstrate intensive
small scale agriculture, cottage industries, extremely low heating costs, solar
heat, solar electricity, cogeneration, comanufacturing, and the recycling of
sewage to energy and
Think of your children and grandchildren. The lack of fossil fuels will cause
their lives to be filled with hunger, toil, and suffering. We need to plan now
for this ultimate catastrophe.
Kermit Schlansker PE