By Walter Davis
January 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- It is unlikely that many in this country would intentionally choose to deposit waste material in their water and then drink it. That is the prevailing choice with fossil fuel burning vehicles that spew toxic gases in the air at baby stroller level, as they travel down our neighborhood avenues.
Have you heard any dialogue on the topic of symbiotic environmental management from our politicians? Perhaps you have not. A short visit to www.opensecrets.org will reveal that our politicians have been paid off not to implement ethical environmental management strategies. Hence, one hears little discussion of symbiosis--a method of using natural environmental energy sources while not harming life. This involves thermal, solar, wind, wave, and solar power generation.
Traveling north on interstate 15 from San Diego, one can see the ribbons of concrete and construction vehicles engaged in building a freeway that is already obsolete. Instead of a solar powered monorail or levitation railway, we have conduits for fossil fuel-burning dinosaurs called internal combustion cars. This makes the tire, concrete, petroleum and internal combustion engine industries very happy.
This inadequate freeway system is incapable of efficiently supporting the current population of San Diego County today, much less what it will be in years to come.
According to documents obtained by visiting renown environmental planner Jim Bell's website at www.JimBell.com, if only half the roof tops and parking lots of the city were covered with solar panels, San Diego would be self-sufficient in electric energy production and become an energy exporter. Instead we have an ignorant plan to import liquid gas from the south Pacific into Mexico to fuel electric generators. The carbon footprint generated by the ships transporting this liquid gas and then the energy used to pump this gas from Mexico to the United States highlights this flawed plan. This makes SDG&E happy and keeps the citizens of San Diego paying high utility bills. www.SolarSavesAmerica.com gives a glimpse of what could happen with electric cars.
The thought of piping water to the beach is ludicrous. That is exactly what is done when water is pumped from the Colorado River to San Diego. Safe methods of obtaining water from the sea without harming marine life are available. Solar powered reverse osmosis filtering plants could make San Diego an exporter of water while cutting costs for residents and businesses alike. Salts from filtered sea water and minerals from waste water could be harvested and used. See the videos at http://www.thevenusproject.com and http://sdmegacoalition.blogspot.com/
Millions of living wage paying green jobs could be created by developing symbiotic energy systems; while making us independent from Middle Eastern oil.
This country is going bankrupt financing needless wars over energy that could be easily obtained using symbiosis right here at home. The movie Avatar shows the folly of destroying other cultures over their natural resources as this country is poised to do in Yemen, Iraq and elsewhere.
Partisan bickering, corporate control of government and constant warfare must be brought to a halt. The citizens of the United States must demand responsible stewardship of our resources in the interest of survival, against corporate interests.