Legal & Policy Challenges

UNPRIVATIZE BANKING

Our banking system is a privately-owned, for-profit enterprise based on fraud. It is owned and run by the international banking cartel because congress passed a law in 1913 (the Federal Reserve Act) creating the FED (a privately owned bank) and legalizing/granting a monopoly on the creation of money to the private banker owners via the FED. Uh-oh. That's bad because it requires the US gov't to BORROW money AT INTEREST ...more »

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Incentivizing Sustainability Through a Tax Code Based on Consumption

Our tax system is screwed up. We're taxed for owning a house; we're taxed for owning land; we're taxed for having a job; we're taxed for pretty much existing. While it's true that taxes are necessary for a government to function, they don't have to be this numerous and/or complicated. There are thousands of pages of tax codes in Washington that are way too complicated for the average American to understand. Corrupt businesses ...more »

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New Strategies and Techniques

Trash Removal in National Parks

My idea: Create a slogan encouraging those who use public land (especially National Parks) to remove one piece of trash from the landscape during their visit. Put it on the brochure for that park. Make a sign or two. If you add it to the brochure, it won't cost a thing to produce. It came to me as I spent last weekend in Yosemite. While I was hiking, I came upon a discarded Vitamin Water bottle that someone had thrown ...more »

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A small adjustment making a big change

Have Police officers in-force littering laws. Fine people who just drop garbage on the ground and in lakes and rivers when a garbage can is almost always near.

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True Cost Economics and Business Social Responsibility

Understanding a vendor's operating behavior with respect to environmental record, ethics, fair labor practices and other key attributes of social responsibility should be integrated into the procurement process throughout all government agencies. The externalization of business costs to society is a hidden tax on all members of society. Federal government can take a lead role in addressing a major shortcoming in the ...more »

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Making Government Operations More Open

NEPA.GOV: Modernize the National Environmental Policy Process to Mandate Online Participation

The 1969 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) remains, in many federal agencies, an antiquated paper-based process that does not use the power of Internet-based technologies to encourage and facilitate expanded public participation. It is time to modernize this legal process to provide citizens the opportunity to fully participate in NEPA processes online. In particular, modern web-based technologies should be ...more »

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Environment

Why is that citizens are the one's that are punished and fined to support the EPA while letting the real polluters go with not so much as a slap on the wrist. Our vehiles have to be smogged costing us at least $45.00 per vehicle and that is if all testing passes. Factories and large production facilites have caused 99% of the damage to our environment, our wildlife, and our water. I have done extensive research just ...more »

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Stealth Windmills (they only come out at night)

People object to building offshore windmill farms for at least a couple of different reasons - they're an eyesore and a danger to birds. Land-based ones also raise the temperature beneath them by a couple of degrees too. The solution might be stealth windmills. These would only pop up from beneath the water at night when no one can see them and birds aren't usually flying around. The power to raise and lower themselves ...more »

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Making Data More Accessible

Promote the Expansion of the Exchange Network Model to Improve Data Access and Transparency

The National Environmental Information Exchange Network (http://www.exchangenetwork.net) is a secure, standards-based system for sharing information about the environment. Partners on the Exchange Network, including U.S. EPA, states, tribes, and territories, use XML and other internet technologies to share and publish data on air, water, wastes, and other information related to the environment. Since data are made available ...more »

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Public-Private Partnerships

Incentive to Recycle - Rebate

We all know the problem of our own trash, look at New Jersey and other communities that have to bear the burden of dealing with toxic dumps in their backyards. Here is my idea to get more people the recycle. Tax incentives would be given out to those that recycle. For the first year the taxpayer would receive a 5% rebate for recycling the whole year.For each year after the first year the incentive would increase by 1.55% ...more »

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Carryout Fuel Tanks (gradually improving our infrastructure)

One of the problems we're faced with when trying to convert to cars that use hydrogen fuel is a catch-22 kind of thing - people won't buy the cars until they know there are enough gas stations within convenient reach, and gas stations won't add hydrogen fuel pumps until there are enough cars out there to make them profitable. The solution might be to phase them in. Step 1 - Create briefcase-shaped fuel tanks that ...more »

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Dam Efficiency (making use of every available resource)

The following article appeared in a copy of New Scientist awhile back. " HOT ANSWER TO SHAKY PROBLEM To damp down problem vibrations in aircraft, cars, buildings and power tools researchers working for the US army in Virginia have designed a material that dissipates the vibrational energy as heat (US 2005/0073222). The plastic or concrete materials contain particles of piezoelectric ceramic and a web of ...more »

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