Video Year in Review: Wind Turbines Helping Farmers, Small Communities

January 3, 2019

How about a development model for rural America that is not welfare, casinos,  or Prisons?

Renewable energy fits the bill.

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6 Responses to “Video Year in Review: Wind Turbines Helping Farmers, Small Communities”

  1. J4Zonian Says:

    “How about a development model for rural America that is not welfare, casinos, or Prisons?

    Renewable energy fits the bill.”

    So does permaculture. Diverse, site-specific, regional and micro-climate-sensitive, perennial-based permacultural production of food, fiber, medicine and materials fits. Especially when combined with local crafting of local resources rather than just serving as the place raw materials and industrial mono-crops come from for industry and urban areas. Both can help make rural areas more vital culturally, too, by turning what are now menial jobs into skilled labor, embedded in guilds and lineages and lifetime study.

    Several of the points included in an ambitious Green New Deal suggest a better place for rural places–the need for more contact with nature, the need to restore the landscape and improve air, water and soil quality.

    https://www.dataforprogress.org/green-new-deal/

    Reorganizing on a bioregional basis, with city-state distribution of population rather than megacities and empty quarters will help in many ways, too.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      agree – but by becoming energy producers, rural communities stem the one-way flow of resources out of the community, and become more empowered and self – determining – prerequisites for further improvements.
      In particular, I like what’s happening in rural and small town schools getting cash from wind and solar development.
      Helps keep families in the area – better training opens opportunities as manufacturing decentralizes thru technology, and more remote working opportunities arise.
      Big game change will be when someone figures out magic formula for making cheap capital available to upgrade private housing – PACE programs have stumbled in the past – but with creativity I am sure this can be overcome –
      huge number of jobs from entry level to expert in this area – efficiency, insulation, solar, geothermal, etc

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    I have tried twice to comment on this thread, and WordPress has let me down. I will break the message into pieces to see if it will take that way. Part One:

    When is Jeffy going to stop regurgitating the same things he has learned from those two or three books he has read (or at least scanned)?. When will he abandon the pie-in-the-sky things like “permaculture”, “local crafting”, and “bioregional reorganization”?.

    WAKE TH F*** UP, Jeffy! Listen to Greenman—-it’s jobs and money that count (and that hugely overlooked factor—-increased efficiency).

    Another thing that Jeffy maunders on about in ignorance is some sort of “revolution” he thinks we need—-a pot-smoothed, peaceful, bongo-playing outside the yurt on the beach in Oregon type revolution. Here are some books for Jeffy to look at—perhaps they will help him see some truth about the revolution that is actually coming.

  3. dumboldguy Says:

    Part Two:

    BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BURN AGAIN: DEMOCRACY, REBELLION, AND REVOLUTION, Ben Fountain, ECCO, 2018. An absolutely gorgeous book—the kind that makes you reread portions several times and take notes on and look up footnoted references (I’ve now got “American Amnesia” on hold). Fountain says we have had two big “burns” already—the civil war and the great depression—and that we have been heading into the third since Reagan. Trump is part of the progression into the third burn, and we will be lucky if it ends without blood in the streets.

    AMERICA: THE FAREWELL TOUR, Chris Hedges, Simon & Schuster, 2018. Hedges is a near genius as an analyst and has written a disturbing and frightening book about how America may be in the end stages as a society. If reading it doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, you have no soul.

  4. dumboldguy Says:

    Part Two:

    Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution. An absolutely gorgeous book—the kind that makes you reread portions several times and take notes on and look up footnoted references (I’ve now got “American Amnesia” on hold). Fountain says we have had two big “burns” already—the civil war and the great depression—and that we have been heading into the third since Reagan. Trump is part of the progression into the third burn, and we will be lucky if it ends without blood in the streets.

    America, The Farewell Tour. Chris Hedges is a near genius as an analyst and has written a disturbing and frightening book about how America may be in the end stages as a society. If reading it doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, you have no soul.

  5. dumboldguy Says:

    I give up on Part Three—-tried twice. It was just three more book titles, and I doubt that Jeffy will read the two that got through.

    PS Hedges has many talks available on Youtube. Here’s a talk about the farewell tour.


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