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Climate Change is critically important to address by first reducing our consumption via conservation and efficiency. Simultaneously households and businesses need to start using passive and active renewable energy at some level, including passive design, on-site generation, and purchasing renewable energy through your utility or if that is not an option renewable energy offset can be purchased through a private provider.
The quickest way to do that would be for our government and business models to reflect full cost and life cycle economic analysis rather than comoditizing resources and pollution and we would quickly see how affordable renewable energy is. As one quick example, 39% of the fresh water in this country is used to cool thermal power plants. Pollution, droughts, and desertification continue to impact the availablitilty of fresh water. If we are to put a value on carbon then we also need to put a value on fresh water and other natural resources that are severely impacted by externalizing the costs of buring fossil fuels.
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