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 Societal Vision -- Creating Prosperity:

  • Government should be the focal forum in the debate on national priorities.  Taxes and group purchases (governmental expenditures) are the action-expression of society’s priorities and desires.  These functions reflect government’s Constitutional mandate to “Promote the General Welfare”.
  • The application of affordable and plentiful electrical power will allow America (and the world) to address and solve many of the vexing Social/Economic problems facing us:
  • Solar, wind, and biomass-derived energy provide the virtually limitless energy needed to drive the engines of industry.
  • With sufficient affordable non-polluting power available, the economy of every country could potentially thrive.
    • Increased production enables increased consumption and compensation.
    • Increased employment follows rising production and consumption 
    • An abundant productive capacity eases the burden of charitable expenditures & social programs
      • Supporting the elderly and poor
      • Affordable major medical care for all income brackets
      • Providing quality K-12 education, college training, and vocational training and retraining
    • A productive society can afford to divert the tools of production to support large group efforts
      • Dams, roads, research, and defense
  • This vision is only possible with plentiful and affordable energy available to combine with capital, raw materials, labor, and land. 
  • Plentiful and cheap energy can make universal recycling cost-effective. 
    • Energy applied to toxic or salty water (desalinization) can produce the pure water needed to expand the available productive land.
  • Education, civil law, and submission to the Spirit of the Law of God can harness the passions of humanity to create a stable social order and productive industry. 
  • The combination of a Godly and moral social order, a willing and able workforce, and the leveraging of human effort by machines and energy are the necessary ingredients for industrial productivity and societal wealth.
    • America must first engage the engines of industry in the substantial productive capacity of solar/wind/biomass/hydrogen/fuel-cells.
    • Once matured, the technology can be exported to develop the impoverished nations of the world.
  • America must begin the process of reducing and eliminating domestic dependence on foreign oil
    • Add additional processing to effluents to detoxify air, water, and solid wastes
    • Increase the availability of natural/mineral resources by making lower yield ores profitable to extract
    • Increase employment by increasing production and consumption
    • Increase the arable agricultural land by bringing desalinated water to the deserts and wastelands
    • Expanding habitable and productive lands will allow a huge increase in the earth’s capacity to support human population.
  • Government sets the direction of the economy through laws, taxes, and moral persuasion. 
    • The Free Market works well in creating an environment where people desire to work, thereby creating a plethora of products for consumption.
    • A vibrant and productive economy can support a modest taxation (20%) without destroying the reward incentive for production. 
    • But, the Free Market does not direct industry or individuals well toward solving long-term problems. 
    • Government is the equivalent of the brain, the conscious mind, the overall integrator and director of movement of the body. 
      • Government must shoulder the responsibility of righteous leadership, vision, and discipline.
  • Legislative Goal:
    • Creation of a legal and economic environment favorable to the rapid development and installation of a solar/wind energy & Hydrogen based transportation infrastructure
    • Tax incentives for installation of increased production capacity
    • Grants for industry and university R&D centers to bring more efficient and low cost implementation of the solar/wind/biomass/hydrogen/fuel-cell technologies
  • When the people embrace the laws of God, and their Government enshrines His Ways in their laws, then will prosperity, peace and favor pursue that land.

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