In this push to The Green New Deal and The Great Reset, Democrats & Progressives are fully on board near as I can tell. So here’s my request:
Have Washtington D.C. lead the way and show us by their example how this is all so great.
1) Source NO electricity from other than Wind and Solar sources. This includes backup generator sources. No “diesel backup” and no using a gas turbine when the wind is missing at night. This will be easier than you think; read on…
2) BAN all fuel driven cars, trucks and buses in Washington D.C. Electric only. (this includes military & police vehicles, BTW.) Yes, including Air Force One & Two and Marine One & Two. And especially “The Beast”. No limos or Uber either unless you can get one that’s devoid of plastic (more below) and charged only from wind and solar while using metals and batteries made without fossil fuels. There are none today, but you can lead the way to the formation of this New Green Industry! Until then, horse & buggy ought to work well enough. MY relatives in the Amish community still get around that way. I’m sure you can hire some from Pennsylvania.
3) BAN all flights. Airplanes are just horrible fuel guzzlers anyway. Take an electricity powered train instead. One that uses solar electricity during the daytime. Travel at night? Only on very windy nights… This is to include any travel back to your “home district” during breaks. Hawaii? Use a sail-boat. A WOODEN sail-boat as fiberglass is made with a petroleum based resin. Oh, and no Dacron sails. Canvas only. You will need to replace the ropes with natural fiber ones too. Make SURE there is NO backup motor on board. No Diesel below or ‘outboard’ on the stern. Talk to the Polynesians about sailing the Pacific in traditional boats, they know how.
4) BAN all use of asphalt (made from oil) and cement (uses fuels to make it). Gravel is OK for roads anyway. This ban also includes asphalt shingles on roofs as well as any cement or fired clay tiles. Any metal used must be made ONLY using wood as a fuel in the refining of it. (No importing from other countries either as that’s going to use fuel in big ships to get it here…). Oh, and don’t forget that “cinder blocks” are a mix of cement and sometimes actual cinders from coal plants, so none of those either. Yeah, buildings can’t be made as big without steel and cement, but steel uses “coking coal”. So I suppose wood is OK. Just make sure it is hand cut (no chain saws) and brought in by horse wagon.
5) Glass is problematic. It, too, is fuel intensive in the making. BUT you can’t just run around removing all the windows, now can you? Over time, maybe. So we’ll need to start up a wood / biofuels based glass industry. Until then, if a window is broken or needs replacing, go with the traditional oiled fabric. I’d say “oiled skin” but there’s that animal cruelty problem again. Once you can source Biofuel made glass, you can start doing glass windows again. Similar issues with glass and ceramic dishes and metal ‘silver’ware. ALL use a LOT of fuel in the making. Until you can replace them with natural fuel based products, cancel all State Dinners and close the cafeterias and restaurants. They probably use gas or electric stoves anyway and we can’t have that.
6) ALL meals to be Organic Plant Based only. Brought in by horse cart, please. (Unless horses pulling carts is “cruel”… I’m not up on all the current PETA rules… but if not horses, get some of the Federal Employees to pull the carts, you have plenty of extras.) I’m sure you know a lot of Vegans who can help with this. There’s lots of “Meat Alternatives” available. I even had “Vegan Shrimp” at one celebration dinner. Make sure your coffee and tea is “sustainably sources” from farms using no fuel driven machinery or artificial fertilizers / pesticides. Delivered by sail boat too. It’s not too bad, eating vegan, after you get used to it. You may fart a lot more at the start, but you get used to it. Beans and all. I doubt anyone around you will notice as they are used to a lot of stinky hot air emissions already. Also, remember, none of the pre-packaged stuff that’s in plastic wrappings or that waterproof cardboard made with a petroleum based source material. No delivering in plastic bags either. Send your cooks, with paper bags and cardboard boxes, to a “Vegan Farmers Market”. What? None anywhere near? Well here’s your chance to start ANOTHER new industry locally!
7) In keeping with the “You will own nothing, and be happy”, sell your homes, businesses, and investments and move into dorms in D.C. The money from selling your homes et. al. to go into a common pot, and used to do maintenance (and conversions efforts) to Make D.C. Green! All D.C. Staff are to do the same. A nice Agenda 2030 compliant dorm of about 10 stories tall with all rooms randomly assigned (so nobody gets special treatment about the stairs they have to climb or views. Yes, stairs. Like in before electricity, plastic, and fossil fuel refined metals made elevators practical. Stairs. It’s good for your health, too!)
OK, at this point we’re most of the way there. Just One More Thing…
8) BAN all plastic use. Start with straws and cups, then move on up to plastic plates and forks / spoons. After that, move on to light fixtures (but do remember GLASS is energy intensive and made with fossil fuels so none of it, either. Paper or cloth shades ought to be OK as long as they, too, are not made with fossil fuels nor brought in using trucks instead of horse wagons).
Also take a look at the brooms the janitors use. Many and perhaps most use plastic bristles. Source the ones made with “broom corn” bristles. But don’t stop there. They will have a host of things made from petroleum. ALL must go. From detergent soaps to floor polishes. You can get plant based soap, but watch out for any using animal fats. Can’t use animals you know. So cotton rags, good old lye soap from corn oil or soybeans (raised only without tractors, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, etc.) and plant based polishes. I’m sure it will all be fine. May need to hire some Janitor Interns to replace the electric floor polisher / buffer though.
Those plastic folders around your reports? Dump them. Plastic wheels on those push carts? Not allowed – just hire a few dozen people to carry the reports around by hand. Note, too, most printers use a lot of plastic parts, so reports to be hand written. BUT not with a pen with plastic in it. Use nice cedar wood #2 pencils. IF you use a pen, it needs to be a fountain pen made of all natural ingredients. Ink too. A nice quill pen and old iron based ink worked well for the Founders, so no worries, eh?
Folks wearing Polyester and similar plastic based cloth need to swap back to cotton (and maybe rayon which is made from cellulose). Oh, and no Wool Suits either, evil animal abuse you know… I’m sure you can find something to wear… Cotton Socks are not that bad. Oh, and check your rain gear. Pretty much all of it is some kind of plastic or coated with a film of petroleum origin. You can find waxed fabric coats and even oiled leather… oh, wait, no leather. It is the product of animal cruelty… OK waxed linen or oiled canvas it is then. Shoes are going to be the hard bit. No leather and no plastic pretty much just leaves canvas sneakers made with natural rubber. Probably a custom build. Do pay attention to buttons and aglets as they are almost universally plastic these days. When in doubt, use some cotton string instead of store bought laces.
Do note that most of the interior of cars and buses is plastic, so make sure your electric replacements don’t use any. (I.e. no Tesla allowed…) Also note that most of your electronics use plastic cases and lenses. So all those iPhones, Samsung phones, Blackberry, etc. along with the computer monitors and cases and even PC Boards inside. All Must Go. Then the wiring for telecommunications is all plastic sheathed, so it must be removed too. Do note that electric wires since about 1960 have been plastic coated as well, plus copper refining uses fossil fuels. Best to just not use electricity in any building that’s been renovated since then. BUT, no kerosene lamps either as it is made from oil. Whale oil is out… I suppose it’s going to be Plant Oil Lamps. A bit smokey and they smell some, but you know, for the good of the planet and all. You can also get beeswax candles. Here’s an example oil lamp from India:
Now, not to be indelicate, but, well, a LOT of you are old codgers with poor eyesight and wear glasses. Most of your “glasses” are made with plastic lenses. Same for contact lenses on your younger staff. Those “gotta go”. Take your time, but inside a few months, make sure everyone has nice GLASS lenses (not made using fossil fuels, please. No gas, oil, or even electric fired furnaces used in the making. Maybe somewhere in China or India still makes glass over wood fires…). Also rims / frames from metals refined over wood and from ore extracted without heavy oil driven machinery. Baskets & Boys OK? Or get some wood carved up to a frame. (No “horn rim” as it is either plastic or made from actual horn of an animal…)
Then there’s carpet. I’m sure a lot of buildings in D.C. have carpet. It is almost certainly wool or a plastic fiber. That’s gotta go. Embrace “hard wood” flooring. The planet will thank you. Check your drapes, too. If they are not linen,… well, you know what to do. Then that nice Leather Back Seat? Tisk tisk! Get a nice traditional hard wood carved office chair. IF you need a cushion, make sure it isn’t filled with a plastic foam. Cotton is OK if “sustainably” sourced. (Don’t know where you will find the Cotton Pickers these days, but I’m sure you remember The Old Ways… especially you Southern Democrats).
Oh, and don’t forget that modern paint is a petrochemical stew. You will need to find a source of good-old Linseed Oil Paint. Real varnish, not the plastic stuff. The maintenance guys can find it, I’m sure. They will have a lot of shopping to do anyway, to replace all those power tools that use plastic and unsustainably refined iron and copper in them. Buying traditional “Hand Braces” instead of power drills and hand saws instead of electric rotary saws. They will need to find wood handle brushes with plant bristles too. No, they can’t use the Pig Bristles that were the best for centuries before plastic. Not sure where to get those, but keep looking.
It WILL be hard to root out ALL the plastic and petrochemicals used, but keep at it. Show us how!
Um, one minor point I’ve skipped… but ought to mention here, in the ‘end’…
Your bathrooms. All that water. It gets pumped using fossil fuels and the plumbing and pumping and filtering equipment uses a lot of fossil fuel to make parts of metal or plastic. So you will need to have a ‘water cart’ deliver water to a nice wood basin in each bathroom. Then you may need to dig a few “outhouses” for all the plebs. Hauling water for all them to flush too will just be way too much to ask.
So get to it. Show us the way. Lead by example. We really really want to see how it is done. Make sure you have some artists around to paint pictures of it all to be circulated around the country… And “runners” to transport them.