I am trying to raise awareness about what it means to be energy independant in the world today. All too often I hear this phrase tossed around and it is never accurate. Let me explain; as I see it used today the phrase "Energy Independance" means switching from oil to alternatives, but this is in no way independance. It is a catch phrase which more acurately means still be enslaved to a life of debt to a different form of energy--not independance.
In a recent study I participated in at school we asked people how much they spent per month on power. The percentages were scary as it ranged anywhere from 15-35% of their monthly income. So I ask what would happen if every community was able to produce its own power and free up that 15-35% of income? What if we involved people in their own neighborhoods with the running of this process and inspired kids to participate in the engineering of the power generation?
Perhaps, a more compelling set of questions and a little off the point is; why we as a people must be indebted to services/bills which never go away, i.e. power/food/shelter-etc.? Aren't we smart enough to eliminate these life long bills and focus our time on more important things?
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