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They'll blame us not for what we use, but what we waste.

Future generations "will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted." —Pres. Theodore Roosevelt.

Diet & exercise is not an easy option—it's the only one!

We're like the overweight patient that goes to the doctor and learns his cholesterol is too high. He doesn't die immediately—but until he changes his lifestyle and gets back down to the safe zone, he's at more risk from heart attack or stroke. If we're already past 350 [ppm CO2], are we all doomed? No.

Waste not, want not, with "Cradle to Cradle" design

With "Cradle to Cradle" design, every waste product is raw material for the next process.

The cheapest carbon =  the carbon we don't burn.

"The cheapest carbon to remove from the atmosphere, is the carbon we don't put there in the first place."

Efficiency = getting what you paid for

Efficiency is simply "getting what you paid for." When you buy a light bulb, you pay for light; not waste heat.

Variation: Efficiency is simply "getting more work out of less energy."

Fossil fuel subsidies are a brake on emissions reduction

In 2010, 37 governments spent $409bn on artificially lowering the price of fossil fuels, according to the International Energy Agency. This makes fossil fuels cheaper and slows down the transition to low-emission alternatives.

US:  The Saudi Arabia of wasted energy.   A vast untapped resource.

The U.S. is sitting on a vast, untapped reserve of cheap, clean energy: the energy lost every day to leakage, outdated infrastructure and old habits. We are the Saudi Arabia of wasted energy.