"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus
"There is a lot of talk coming from CitiGroup about how Dodd-Frank isn't perfect, So let me say this to anyone listening at Citi —I agree with you. Dodd-Frank isn't perfect. It should have broken you into pieces." -- Elizabeth Warren
The internet wasn't developed to be the internet, but a communications network for the military. I see someone mentioned military budget cuts as a suggestion. Probably would have cut that too back then, right? But the internet itself didn't reach the public eye until the web was born (91), after and including that it was ALL private investment.
Seems to me the cities, counties, and states could save a huge bundle by requiring all toilets be like this:
We could eventually reduce and the rid ourselves of the need to build and maintain public septic systems and would preserve a ton of water. The tech is ready and sold now without subsidization.
Back in the 70s all the ones in my uncle's house were like this only propane powered instead of electricity. Easiest to use and clean, but the propane place that carried them couldn't seem to make the sales - people were afraid of explosions and missed the flush. Couldn't find them for a number of years, but here they are again in electric form.
And we aren't going to get into a debate about nuclear because like you said, it would be quite an argument. All I will say is this, renewable energy sources receive 5 times more dollars per kilowatt hours generated in subsidies then nuclear does.
Which Energy Source Receives the Largest Subsidy? | Clearing the Air | NCPA.org