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The Killing of Small Town America

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Detroit and Wall Street say jump, and our blindly obedient political mercenaries simply say "How high, Master?"

In our officially sanctioned national culture Cars and Oil are sacred, but life is damn cheap. Our nation lays down trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of human lives to keep the black slime flowing, but we don't spend a thin dime on sustainable life support systems that could actually make life possible, probable and actually delightful for our grandchildren.

The most important renewable energy is the energy that we do not use. Rebuilding Iowa towns based on intelligent energy conservation needs to be our highest priority. Washington just does not get it, so we need to take up our Iowa work ethic in spades and do for ourselves.

We need to resuscitate Crawfordsville, our thousand other dying small towns and our Iowa Cities with efficient new sustainable operating systems. I propose that Iowa engage in the most productive economic development initiative in the history of our state;

Transition Towns/Sustainable Cities. We can direct our own state funds to build the efficient community infrastructure needed so that we walk or bike to our lives. We can build self-sufficient towns and sustainable cities as the foundation of Iowa's economy.

In this kind of town, we work, recreate, worship, and shop within our own immediate neighborhoods. This transformational energy revolution is called conservation. Key elements that are required are political will, the strong Iowa work ethic and local entrepreneurship to put this all in place. The first thing we need is the vision and the motivation to get started immediately. Time is burning up faster than a gasoline fire.

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