“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time” – Angela Davis, activist
Personal Actions You Can Take
- Dig deeper and learn more for yourself by checking out our Learning Resources page page or reading our featured book Hidden Energy.
- Do your own research before forwarding information that promises free electricity. Scams harm the legitimate fund-raisers. If people selling plans for an electric generator hide their identity, keep your wallet closed.
- Be cautious when encountering hype such as “one device will save the world,” or “we have already figured out free energy.” A more collaborative spirit is needed.
- Share information— on social media or in conversation. Make new energy a part of your vocabulary.
- Know that you make a difference by expressing your voice and believing in the infinite possibilities.
- Envision what is possible with abundant, clean and free energy. How does life look like for you in such a future? For your community? What problems could be reversed or solved?
- Know that every skill is needed in the new energy field, including legal, creative, ethical, financial, manufacturing, accounting, academic, and nearly every skill you can imagine.
- Get active locally. Talk to us here at NEM, talk to your neighbors. Deliver flyers, create a group in your community to discuss the growing potential for energy sovereignty.
- Recruit helpers. Walk lightly on your part of the mindful path. Have fun. We on planet Earth are in a transition; be compassionate with yourself.
- Take an initiative. Learn and teach about the current energy systems operating in your community and look into alternatives, like energy co-operatives. Plan to start a new local economy in your area.
We’re here to help you along the way.
(Adapted from Hidden Energy)
Join the Hidden Energy virtual book club!
Starting the week of May 3 2020, we will be hosting a virtual book club. Each week we will explore a different chapter, ask questions and discuss central themes of the book.
If you are interested and have not purchased the book yet, you may purchase the book through www.hiddenenergy.org.
If you are truly unable to purchase a book but still is interested, we are gifting away copies. You can sign up to receive a copy here (make sure to express your intention in joining the book club): www.tinyurl.com/hiddenenergygiftaway
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Political Actions You Can Take
Oil Depletion Allowance
From the inception of the Fossil Fuel economy in America, there have been government subsidies in place that ensure its monopoly status. Chief among these is the Oil Depletion Allowance, a program of tax immunity for petroleum producers which, in some cases, grants these corporations a 100% exemption from taxes on income generated. (See: https://spartacus-educational.com/JFKoildepletion.htm)
The oil companies’ justification for this extreme benefit is the most direct argument against it. That is: Oil is an inherently limited resource that requires inordinate capital investment to secure new sources as consumption depletes reserves. The ultimate implication of this natural fact is that oil will one day be economically infeasible to obtain on the scale it is today.
The unparalleled consolidation of oil profits is a necessary consequence of an industry whose life-span is finite. It is a fair assumption that the oil industrialists view themselves as the stewards of our energy future, and plan to be in control of the next generation of energy technologies once oil has gone out of fashion. Whereas, it is incumbent upon the people to disabuse them of this notion by calling for a redirection of subsidies towards New Energy, especially in the areas of public transportation and electricity.
The Oil Depletion Allowance is the key subsidy that must be redirected into New Energy developments. Surely, existing energy firms will be eager to have the first opportunity to apply the resulting abundance of finances toward a New Energy economy. However, should they be unable to persuade a refereed public body that their plans will progressively engender first a transitional, and then a fully renewable energy economy, these funds should be directed to others.
Advocating for New Energy in Renewable Portfolio Standards
Another fundamental step on the road to sustainable society is the integration of New Energy investment with Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) at the state level. RPS requires states to have a certain percentage of their electricity generation to be sourced from renewable sources. This can incentivize and stimulate the proliferation of local New Energy markets. (See http://www.ncsl.org/research/energy/renewable-portfolio-standards.aspx)
We can all take action as advocates within our communities. For example, by attending City Council meetings and proposing the adoption of RPS that includes New Energy Technologies. Other actions include legislative organizing against the Oil Depletion Allowance, local legislative actions, community teach-ins and discussions.
The key is to act. Act with a fearless certainty that it is time for change, and that the alternatives are vastly better than the status quo.