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I understand your points and can sympathize with your sentiments regarding local, decentralized farming techniques and effective distribution.

A few issues beginning with warming gases...

I live in California and am under the looming implementation of AB32. And let me tell you, the busy-bee policy implementors are busy implementing. This disastrous legislation with a so-called “market-based” “solution”--the cap-and-trade slush fund scheme--is slithering its way into all conceivable areas of the Golden State. See, I can’t walk around the block without producing CO2--and maybe some occasional methane. Meaning every aspect of life, from mom-and-pops to the building up of larger industries to the products I buy for my household to the “wilderness area" that I visit to fish and hunt, will be impacted by this scheme. Yes, indeed. Oh sure, maybe the bureaucrats begin with specified "most egregious" offenders in industry, but the mandated costs indirectly fall to the consumer--and directly, when bloat and agency incompetence settles in and additional revenue generating is demanded. Additional taxes on the very air I breathe. And all based on the theory of anthropogenic global warming...or should I say climate change. As I see it, do we let unelected, bureaucratically minded do-gooders mandate and policy the way a free individual lives, undeniably based on collectivists’ utopian notions and solely prescribed on the hysteric proposal of the sky is’s man-made global warming?

As for renewables...

Let a true free market determine that. If costs are comparable or become relatively less expensive, then I’ll embrace the newfangled with all the vigor and enthusiasm of a cost-conscious, penny-pinching consumer...of which I am. And watch people follow suit. What I don’t need is the boot of an overzealous, overweight nanny telling me that my carbon footprint is too large and, by dear Gaia, I’ll abide by my carbon allotment if I knew what was good for me. Particularly when that allotment is designed to steal the product of my labors to further fund a liberty-stripping agenda. No not this Life, Liberty and Property loving free individual….

That’s the crux, at least from my free perspective, and find it somewhat missing in your GW argument and plea for “embracing” renewables.

"Away with the whims of governmental administrators, their socialized projects, their centralization, their tariffs, their government schools, their state religions, their free credit, their bank monopolies, their regulations, their restrictions, their equalization by taxation, and their pious moralizations! And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works." - Frederic Bastiat

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