OK, I'm catching up with the catching up.
Report of the
National Energy Policy Development Group
----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Jones
Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2001 4:37 PM
Subject: [unrev-II] U.S. Energy Policy
Reading an article about concept mapping from 1994 entitled,
"Identifying Themes via Concept Mapping: A New Method of Content Analysis"
by M. Mark Miller and Bonnie P. Riechert
from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I came across this statement:
' Similarly, Time coverage of the environmental protection
theme portrays concern and responsibility: "Both individually and
at the policy level, Americans seem to be all for environmental
protection, so long as it does not disrupt business as usual.
Though the U. S. is the world's biggest contributor to the
industrial and automobile emissions that threaten to wreak havoc
with the global climate, none of the past three Administrations
have delivered a national energy policy" (Time, December 24,
Being largely ignorant of such matters, has anything changed much on the U.S. side of the Atlantic in the last 11 years?
If not, how complex is that problem?
I'll be kind and assume that it's very, very, very complex, and very, very, very, big too.
Assume that we have a tool that can put all the pieces into place.
Will folks be able to grasp the problem even if the tool does that? How?
Let's assume folks can grasp it.
Not only that, let's assume that with the aid of the tool that they can come up with a solution.
1a) The solution is nice and cosy, cheap and painless to implement for all. But there's no foreseeable financial profit in it. Does it get implemented? How?
1b) The solution is nice and cosy, cheap and painless to implement for all. And there's forseeable financial profit in it. Does it get implemented? How? Who profits and where does the money go? Does profiting kill it as a solution, or not?
2a) The solution is cheap and painless for the big money interests, but not so nice for the little people. There's no foreseeable financial profit in it. Does it get implemented? How?
I'm all for building a tool that puts the pieces into place.
But then I think I want a tool that can help me be so devious that I can move world governments fast without the stultifying twist of recalcitrant vested interests if needs be.
Ask not for whom your government really works,... ?
Ask not for whom the bell tolls,... 
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