To my way of thinking, if we addressed one issue with a true war-on intensity we would have a very real chance for positive change in the U.S. That issue is energy independence. By that I mean mostly weaning ourselves from oil imported from the Middle East.
Achieving energy independence would positively affect nearly every other important issue of our age: climate change, transportation, war, health care, jobs, economic recovery, and so on.
I woke up this morning with a bit of a speech on my mind — a speech I’d really like to hear from a president or some other powerful politician:
There is a trail to freedom, and it begins at the front door of most Americans. This trail is only a mile long. But if we walk that trail — or bicycle it — we will be free.
Political speeches are supposed to put on the rhetorical dog a bit (although I’ve spared you some of the popular tropes and schemes). No one wants to listen to bureaucratic droning. So as you read those lines you might want to “hear” them in a stirring voice and “see” them delivered in an appropriately patriotic setting.
I woke up thinking about the 1-mile Solution — an idea I’ve neglected lately. So here I am giving it a bit of re-invigoration.
We can’t achieve energy independence with the 1-mile Solution alone. But what we might be able to do with it is begin changing the culture to one in which it is understood as patriotic to walk a mile rather than fire up a 500-pound power plant burning a limited resource (that poisons our air and water) to travel a distance (in a dangerous machine) easily walked (for a great many — and becomes easier still over time) in a few minutes.