Updated 9-8-2017 Rebuilding America

REBUILDING AMERICA, Clean and Green

3 Million new jobs, 100 billion+ in additional tax revenue, 1st year 12.5 GDP growth, with an average of 6% over 5 years, and 30  % cut to GHG (with more after testing begins), unemployment down below 3%, better, long lasting products, more money in consumer’s pockets

Year 1 (Building envelope and housing focused)

Inputs

 

(in B$$)

0      National building code, with penalties, and hold on sale/rental based on energy efficiency   levels, minimum energy efficiency of windows (R-6?), doors and building envelopes (R-20?),  as well as energy usage meters on cords of devices, phase in 2022, which is also the payout year on the lend loss insurance. National recycling standards bill, requiring 2 weekly pick up in most  towns , and 70% material reusability for electronics, and a 5 year life span

 

-25      Training program –

{Treasury} Turn out 2 million qualified energy experts,  priority for recent  fossil fuel employees

 

Land grant colleges

20,000 teachers @65k (includes overhead) @ to teach Energy audit HVAC and                                               insulation

Stipends for 1 million low income/ hardship grants for 6 months @12,500

1 million no tuition scholarships

 

+100    Green bond issues-

{Public sales}  Lend loss fund for 1 Trillion(assuming a very conservative 10% fail rate)  in gov backed                           conservation bonds for efficiency(up to 50% deal size), generation (20%), cosmetic(max 30%)

Outputs

Savings increase, nationally as the bonds become savings currency at high yield 4%

(in B$$)

1000   Retrofits and upgrades–

10 Million buildings being upgraded, building material sales, labor

+100    Revenue increase

Assumes a very low Income tax collection of 10% on the trillion spent

 

 

Overall synopsis:

 

A GREEN NEW DEAL FOR THE USA

 

Darrell Prince, Jon Rynn, Ph.D. and Brian D’Agostino, Ph.D.

copyright 2014

 

More than four years after the U.S. economy entered a nominal recovery, unemployment and underemployment in 2014 in much of the country remains at recession levels. During these years, Hurricane Sandy and an epidemic of droughts, floods, and tornados have devastated much of the country, reminding everyone about the rising sea levels and extreme weather events being caused by climate change.  Both of these crises—economic and environmental—have a common solution that is politically and financially feasible.  In this paper, we outline a policy that can achieve this solution.  It offers the single best program for any political leader wanting to deliver on campaign promises of providing economic relief to the middle class and poor, while investing in a sustainable future.

The Green New Deal we discuss involves a unique partnership between the public and private sectors and features a bold program of investment in energy efficiency.  The main form of this investment would be refurbishing single family homes, for state of the art energy efficiency and energy generation.  Such housing stock is currently the most energy inefficient of all housing, and thus “low hanging fruit” for any effort to reduce private energy costs and the nation’s carbon footprint while simultaneously creating millions of new jobs.

What currently prevents such investment from occurring on a large scale?  According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (2013), financial institutions have ample funds to loan for such purposes and the economies that can be realized from such investment are indisputable.  “By far the greatest obstacle identified by [lenders],” they write, “is a lack of customers actively seeking financing for energy efficiency investments.” This sounds like lack of a good old-fashioned, Madison Avenue demand generation marketing and advertising campaign, as well as a “tin men” style of door to door sales.  The remainder of this paper discusses a public policy innovation that can greatly increase consumer demand for energy efficiency investment and open a vast flow of private capital, earmarked for such improvements to homeowners, creating millions of productive jobs and revitalizing American manufacturing.

The Green New Deal we envision involves two parts: 1. A national energy efficiency building code standard, set in place for seven years hence, and 2. the issuing of a $100 billion in high yield (4%) US backed bonds that would absorb private capital and make it available for a fixed total publicly administered lend loss fund.  Making a conservative estimate of twice the current fail rate of such deals of 5%, a 10% coverage means such a program covers a trillion dollars in investment deals of this type.  Assuming the US is able to capture 10% of this revenue back as taxes, interest rates on the bonds are easily covered by $100 billion in extra tax reciepts.   Moreover, the number of buildings (100 million) in the US, means that conversion market will need 4-5 trillion before all is said and done, which will have a 10-12 year payback on energy savings—a lot of financing, on simple deals.

With this much money flowing that way; large scale demand generation, and product companies will develop quickly to take advantage of such a large emerging market; and big capital will move from plodding antagonist bent on protecting existing cash flows on fossil fuels to enthusiasts seeking to move into low-risk high volume plays, that will also yield several high risk, high reward new technology plays.

Rather than traditional bond markets; the bonds themselves would be targeted towards traditional commerical banks, with these bonds being eligible as “reserve capital”, thus ensuring buy-in from large institutions, though a disproportionate number would be earmarked for smaller banks. The bond sale would serve as “buzz” for the deals themselves. It’s also a huge PR boost to banks, headlines that read ”Wall Street saves the World,” is a little different than their current pariah status for most Americans.

The private financing would make ultralow interest home improvement loans intended to retrofit housing for energy efficiency, energy generation and remodeling.  The program should be designed to require a bare minimum of paperwork from homeowners and no net increase in monthly costs.  Once the improvements are made, the loan can be repaid entirely out of the savings resulting from lower costs for fuel and electricity.

This funding system uses public policy to create incentives for private lending by increasing consumer demand for investments in energy efficiency.  The citizens earn interest on bonds, the lenders get larger, more stable reserves from customers, as well as high volume of low risk deals, the homeowners undertake the investment and realize long term cost savings as well as measurable status upgrades to their homes, and the US  reaps the positive externalities of large scale job creation and a greatly reduced carbon footprint.

The job creation would occur through a multiplier effect—homeowners would employ contractors and their workers, who would purchase materials from local businesses, which in turn will need to be manufactured, spurring job growth in manufacturing as discussed by Rynn (2010).  The program embodies the principle of “subsidiarity,” namely the use of government in a way that empowers, rather than pre-empts, action in the private sector (D’Agostino 2012).

 

 

REFERENCES

 

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. 2013. Engaging Small to Mid-Sized Lenders, Executive Summary.

 

D’Agostino, Brian. 2012.  The Middle Class Fights Back: How Progressive Movements Can Restore Democracy in America. (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger).

 

Rynn, Jon. 2010. Manufacturing Green Prosperity: the Power to Rebuild the American Middle Class. (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger).

 

 

Steps, by department                      

 

President

Public address to the nation:

Aim for 10% reduction in energy usage by simply asking

Ask the country to shut off extra lights, people and businesses(downtown DC is a good example as is the earth at night)

 

D of Ed

Audit national high schools- make sure there is funding for, and widespread shop classes in high schools, add energy generation and conservation unit to  curricula, preferably on a Knewton type system, which will expose teachers to advanced teaching tools.

(also helps to address a mechanical skills deficit in our youth)

Coordinate the stipend/ scholarship agreements with land grant colleges, and together with DOEnergy and energy accrediting agencies, develop curriculum for energy efficiency/HVAC/alternative energy generation

 

 

EPA

Establish at tap water testing as a right for renters/residents, and require that fracking chemicals be publicly disclosed, and begin studies of wastewater sites, develop test criteria for agrobusiness sites for GHG emissions, regulate trash as a pollutant, and require composting and twice weekly recycling pickup. Look to regulate methane as a pollutant.

 

Agriculture

Test agrobusiness for GHG emissions and look for longer-term emissions cuts

 

HUD

Financing for multifamily unit efficiency upgrades does not count towards debt maximums, energy audits mandatory, as is environmental testing (air and at tap water testing), once a year for failing standard every 5 for passing it.

 

Fannie Mae

require efficiency audit, and minimum 50% alternative energy purchase for funding (local or from provider) On all new deals, require an upgrade to new standard within 2 years.

 

Federal Reserve/Treasury

mechanism for distributing green bond sales, and allow bond sales to count as reserves up to ? % of total value

 

Additionally, while the green bond program is excellent for providing people with investment alternatives, and provides Wall Street with impetus to push these programs, in truth, the easiest way to fund this would be a “temporary monetary expansion” meaning the Federal Reserve makes all of those loans (through proxies) and as they are paid back the money is taken out of circulation.

 

Opinions from the Fed regarding this should probably be issued

 

ACEEE+ DOE+ Energy Star??

Create energy standards for national building code, (min r-20 for walls and r-8 for windows)

and audit type – projections for cost savings over 10 year span. Recyclability standard research for consumer electronics and lifetime measurement.

 

DOE

Focus funding on retrofit research for buildings, vehicles and gas stations(start with military base?), equity funding on for municipal bio gas systems, on cord energy metrics system for new appliances, recyclables sorters, build large accelerators, and plan on loan portfolio being a 50% loss- progress is risk

3 year delay on DOE developed technologies going overseas

Sketch out national recycling program(Commerce?)

Create template national building code and costing estimates for min  50% reduction GHG emissions per capita

 

Congress

 

Pass recyclability 90% standard, and minimum average life for consumer electronics sold in the US 70% or so and 3 year minimum average lifetime, and a national building code.

 

Pass Bond issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climate refile 17-1042- added meet

US Court of Appeals

Addenum to existing Complaint

 

 

Darrell Prince                                      : Case Number 17-042

(347)286-8248

 

  1. USA

 

Plaintiff’s Direct Plea to the Court

 

Your honor(s). With the permission of the Court, I will address it directly. As the Court is no doubt aware, the Constitution is conspicuously sparse on anything that can be construed as environmental, nor the Commons (air, water) nor anything about any resource management at all- representative of the problems with basing the core root of a bureaucracy now similar in size(2.8 million) to the Constitution’s citizenry (3.9 million) the 1790 census enumeration. Not as surprising when at the time, Manhattan was still home to lush original forest, and served lobsters from the Hudson Bay. California and Texas were years away from the floods of illegal immigrants that would come, Americans sneaking across the border into Mexico to steal Mexican prosperity. To be honest though, it was not even unknown at the time our common trust doctrine is pretty much adopted as stare decisis from the English common law

Despite this very serious deficiency in a foundational document, this document will, very eloquently, demonstrate passages both oft-used and novel in the text that responsibility  of the government is to protect it’s people from great threats, and the government itself has already determined that this is a great threat, and this complaint is simply asking the Court to do it’s part, necessary at this critical juncture,to determine the government’s status in terms of dealing with this threat on a reasonable focus to the scope and the scale of the threat that may threaten the species of Homo sapiens.

For the motivation for the people of this Court, I would ask, for your relief, that you instead of looking to find reasons not to act, that you look for reasons to act. As this is a test for you, for the function for which you have sworn an oath to the United States, and more importantly, to it’s people. You have become, literally one of the most powerful human beings on the planet Earth

These are facts:

 

It is 70 degrees in February, after the 3rd consecutive hottest year on record.

 

Scientists, who are on a mission for truth that can be proven, who predict the weather days and weeks in advance, have been saying that this was going to happen for decades, and in fact, it turns out that the less vocal it’s way worse people, are more right than the over exposed it’s not a big deal people.

 

Snake oil- excuse me, your honor, Oil salesman, who are focused, and on a mission to make sure oil sales are as high as they can be, and all words truth or otherwise exist to serve that goal, as are all of the people they work with, or contribute money to stand on the other side of those scientists. Once there was no change, and now, it’s always been changing, much like the story.

 

It is, at this moment, more likely that catastrophe is coming, that we will not be able to stop it, and that either global warming is here early, or the apocalyptic end of days is upon us or both.

 

In either event, I would suggest erring on the side of positive action to the best of your abilities and choosing actual powers over standard conventions. Because when someone asks about what is going on right now, this time this era, whether it turns out for good or for bad, I would like you to be able to say you took action to preserve your country, your people your family and friends, rather than court conventions.

 

Because to have a real chance, we must cut through the nonsense, now, and focus 100% on what must be done.

Questions

  1. Can the government issue permits, or continue to allow behavior, found to be very risky to citizen health?
  2. Do citizens have a positive right, to expect the US government to take positive action, and any and all steps to guarantee the safety of the Republic itself? Is there a threshold for guaranteed action?
  3. What is the allowable standard for permitting risky behavior by the federal government, that includes the deaths of millions, and the loss of trillions of dollars in public property?

1%?  5%? 50%?

  1. What constitutes definitive appropriate action to protect preventable death, in terms of legal coverage, and budget applied?
  2. What percentage of consensus amongst the experts, constitutes facts, or actionable intelligence that no competent member of the government should question?
  3. What constitutes dereliction of duty, or treason, in terms of actions taken, or refusal to act in the clear best interests of the country, at the paid, or unpaid bequest of another party or parties?

 

 

 

Summary

CO2 releases since the industrial revolution have increased CO2 to a level not found since 10 to 15 million years ago, when the global average surface temperature was up to 11°F warmer than now and almost all ice had melted, raising world sea-levels to about 100 feet higher than today’s.[26]

 

Jurisdiction

 

This action is brought pursuant to the United States Constitution. It is authorized

by Article III, Section 2, which extends the federal judicial power to all cases arising in equity

under the Constitution.  It is a Controversy directly involving the United States “The identification and protection of fundamental rights is an enduring

part of the judicial duty to interpret the Constitution.” Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ____, slip.

  1. at 10 (2015). That grant of equitable jurisdiction requires Article III courts to apply the

underlying principles of the Constitution to new circumstances unforeseen by the framers, such

. An actual controversy has arisen and exists between Plaintiffs and Defendants because Defendants have placed Plaintiffs in a dangerous situation, continue to infringe upon Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights, and have abrogated their duty of care to ensure Plaintiffs’ reasonable safety, among other violations of law. Plaintiffs have no adequate remedy at law to redress the harms herein, which are of a continuing nature and which, if left unresolved, will be irreversible.

This Court has jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331 (federal question), 28

U.S.C. § 2201 (creation of a remedy), and 28 U.S.C. § 2202 (further relief)
28 U.S. Code § 1651(all writs) as this action arises

under the laws of the United States.

 

Jurisdiction will come from of course, as always from Article III powers as interpreted from (Marbury v Madison). The relevant portions of the Constitution are due process from the 5th and 14th amendments- no citizen should be harmed by U.S. or state action, directly or indirectly. Finally most importantly and directly, article 4 section 4- the Guarantee clause. It is one of the few positive rights listed in the Constitution. There is a standard from Luther v. Borden of saying it is non enforceable as a “political question”, and refers complainants back to Congress.  Good idea. Let’s keep the courts on non political matters like, religion in schools, desegregation, abortion, but don’t wander into controversial political topics people might be hardened against reasonable debate on and could potentially come up with an out of control Congress. Especially when the complainants want a ruling on something completely outside what federal courts do,  like judge from the bulk of American history and documents, what the definition of what a republican government is, and the duties of the federal government in enforcing that guarantee to the citizens of every state.  The dominant and countervailing argument is in the given name of the clause- the GUARANTEE clause. If you talk to a car salesman, and he says he guarantees a car will operate for 10 years, and you ask well, in the event of the break down, what would be the process, and he says, oh, not my department, Plaintiff makes the recommendation that you buy elsewhere, and humbly suggests a higher standard for the American Republic  It is the strongest language in the Constitution, and names the entire government, not just Congress, with the responsibility of providing a republic government, and to protect the country from external destruction, naming specifically invasion. It’s easy to see why this portion has never been used- the United States is nearly uninvadable by foreign powers; the last time a foreign soldier at war with the United States set foot in the United States was 1812, or perhaps, a careful study might yield a debatable scenario that occurred in the Spanish American war. In any event, 3000 miles of ocean to each side, nuclear weapons and satellite technology make foreign military invasion approximately as likely as alien invasion, for the near immediate future, without serious treason and dysfunction of the elected officials.

The important part, is that the entire US government is committed, by law, to preserve the shape of a republic, in form and in function and to maintain it against dissolution.

This is remarkably consistent, and provides a straight line from providing for the common defense, domestic tranquility, and the role of government, being, to protect the fundamental rights of the people, amongst those being life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, with a requisite duty of the people to alter or abolish said government should it fail to do so.

 

Plaintiff claims that climate change is the single greatest threat to the American Republic that it has ever encountered.

Plaintiff claims that the US government has knowingly, aided and abetted in the permitting, technology development, subsidization of the fossil fuel industry.

Plaintiff alleges that the US government has clearly acted, and spent more in defense of potential future sources of fossil fuels, than it would have taken to develop renewable sources of the same energy quantity that would produce dozens if not hundreds of times the energy out put.

Plaintiff accuses the US government of being the largest single emitter in the world, and spending more on fossil fuel expenditures than it does on renewable technology development.

Plaintiff claims much of Congress fails to act due to illegal emoluments in the form of campaign finance.

 

Plaintiff claims that to the best of his knowledge the timeframe, the window to act, to preserve  is now, after more than 40 years of inaction, small enough that all urgency is due to this and all actions.

Plaintiff claims that the Guarantee Clause, the Preamble, and the Declaration of Independence state a clear responsibility and definition of government as that body empowered by the will of the people to defend the people from any harms it finds restraining the life, liberty or pursuit of happiness, or property.

 

 

 

 

____________ _________                                                       _________________

Darrell Prince                                                                                                  Date

 

 

 

 

Exhibit A Arrhenhius publishing a Global Warming book 1906

 

Världarnas utveckling (1906) (German: Das Werden der Welten [1907], English: Worlds in the Making [1908]) directed at a general audience, where he suggested that the human emission of CO2 would be strong enough to prevent the world from entering a new ice age, and that a warmer earth would be needed to feed the rapidly increasing population:

 

“To a certain extent the temperature of the earth’s surface, as we shall presently see, is conditioned by the properties of the atmosphere surrounding it, and particularly by the permeability of the latter for the rays of heat.” (p46)

“That the atmospheric envelopes limit the heat losses from the planets had been suggested about 1800 by the great French physicist Fourier. His ideas were further developed afterwards by Pouillet and Tyndall. Their theory has been styled the hot-house theory, because they thought that the atmosphere acted after the manner of the glass panes of hot-houses.” (p51)

“If the quantity of carbonic acid [ CO2 + H2O H2CO3 (carbonic acid) ] in the air should sink to one-half its present percentage, the temperature would fall by about 4°; a diminution to one-quarter would reduce the temperature by 8°. On the other hand, any doubling of the percentage of carbon dioxide in the air would raise the temperature of the earth’s surface by 4°; and if the carbon dioxide were increased fourfold, the temperature would rise by 8°.” (p53)

“Although the sea, by absorbing carbonic acid, acts as a regulator of huge capacity, which takes up about five-sixths of the produced carbonic acid, we yet recognize that the slight percentage of carbonic acid in the atmosphere may by the advances of industry be changed to a noticeable degree in the course of a few centuries.” (p54)

“Since, now, warm ages have alternated with glacial periods, even after man appeared on the earth, we have to ask ourselves: Is it probable that we shall in the coming geological ages be visited by a new ice period that will drive us from our temperate countries into the hotter climates of Africa? There does not appear to be much ground for such an apprehension. The enormous combustion of coal by our industrial establishments suffices to increase the percentage of carbon dioxide in the air to a perceptible degree.” (p61)

“We often hear lamentations that the coal stored up in the earth is wasted by the present generation without any thought of the future, and we are terrified by the awful destruction of life and property which has followed the volcanic eruptions of our days. We may find a kind of consolation in the consideration that here, as in every other case, there is good mixed with the evil. By the influence of the increasing percentage of carbonic acid in the atmosphere, we may hope to enjoy ages with more equable and better climates, especially as regards the colder regions of the earth, ages when the earth will bring forth much more abundant crops than at present, for the benefit of rapidly propagating mankind.” (p63)

 

 

Exhibit B Global Warming Feedback loops

Understanding Positive (increasing warming) Feedback Loops That May Promote Runaway Global Warming

 

Rather than define feedback loops (or reciprocal associations), and positive versus negative feedback loops in general terms, below are simplified, key examples of positive (increasing warming) feedback loops that may promote runaway global warming.

Note: For these purposes, where the term “posivitive feedback loop” is used, it indicates “positive (increasing warming) feedback loop.

(Key for reading the diagrams: an arrow pointing up = increase; an arrow pointing down = decrease; a horizontal gray or curved blue arrow = causes)

 

Positive Feedback Loop: Example #1

Our burning of coal and oil releases CO2 which traps heat in the atmosphere. That extra heat puts more water into the atmosphere in two ways: the warming accelerates the evaporation of surface waters and, also, as the air warms, it holds more water – thus creating a positive feedback “loop” between water vapor and temperature, initiated by an increase in atmospheric CO2.

Example #1 Diagram

 

Positive Feedback Loop: Example #2

As the increase in atmospheric CO2 increases air temperature, it promotes the thawing of the permafrost (frozen ground in the tundra) which contains large quantities of CO2 from the bacterial decomposition of previously frozen vegetation and animal life. Briefly, any increase in atmospheric CO2 leads to an increase in temperature which leads to further increase in temperature due increase release of CO2 from the thawing permafrost – thus creating a positive feedback “loop” between increased atmospheric CO2 and temperature.

Example #2 Diagram

 

Positive Feedback Loop: Example #3

A related feedback loop from the warming atmosphere and the thawing of the permafrost is the release of previously frozen methane into the atmosphere. Methane traps about 30 times more heat than CO2, although it stays in the atmosphere for on the order of decades as opposed to centuries for CO2 -thus atmospheric warming initiates a feedback loop involving previously frozen methane.

Example #3 Diagram

 

Positive Feedback Loop: Example #4

Another feedback loop involves the release of methane from the deep sea beds. At sufficient depths, large amount of frozen methane are stored on the sea beds as methane clathrates – frozen clumps of methane.  But as the atmosphere and, hence, the seas warm, they will eventually melt the clathrates which will escape into the atmosphere, further warming the atmosphere – thus atmospheric warming initiates a feedback loop involves the release of previously frozen methane clathrates.

Example #4 Diagram

 

Positive Feedback Loop: Example #5

A different type of positive feedback loop coming into play as the atmosphere and bodies of water warm involves the melting of the north polar ice (and land glaciers) that reflects 90% of radiant energy to expose water that absorbs 94% of the solar energy and thus increases warming which in turn reduces arctic ice and so on. The same sort of “decreasing reflectivity” loop is occurring where land ice glaciers are melting and exposing much more heat absorbent surfaces which in turn increase atmospheric warming and so on.

Example #5 Diagram

 

Positive Feedback Loop: Example #6

Another different kind of positive feedback loop coming into play as the earth warms is the decline of forests which absorb CO2 from the atmosphere , i.e. constitute CO2 “sinks”, reducing warming, because (i) of die offs once the temperature exceeds a species’ thermal maximum, (ii) increasing forests fires caused by increasing storms’ lightning – especially for dead forests, drought affected forests, and insect infestations that kill off forests or otherwise make them more vulnerable to burn more easily.

Example #6 Diagram

 

Positive Feedback Loop: Example #7

A unique case of a warming feedback loop promoting forest decline that can cause rapid, dramatic warming involves warming to a level that will result in the collapse/disappearance of the Amazonian forest and release of CO2 because of increased bacterial decomposition at the “floor” of the great forest. The Amazon rain forest is such that it fosters its own precipitation level to sustain the forest. As warming increases, it reduces the rainfall in the Amazon and forest will, effectively, begin to dry out and take less CO2 out of the atmosphere. When temperature has increased enough the Amazon rain forest (and great CO2” sink”) will collapse and the warmed soil and bacterial decomposition will yield an amount of carbon (CO2) greater than that in all living vegetation.

Example #7 Diagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emergency Injunction- Climate II

Darrell Prince, Plaintiff in Pro Se                    Case Number      17-1042

IN THE UNITED STATES EASTERN DISTRICT COURT FOR PENNSYLVANIA

DARRELL PRINCE, Plaintiff in Pro Se

V.

Defendants

Majority Leader of United States Senate;

Mitch McConnell

317 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

The President of U.S. Senate;

Vice President Joseph Biden

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, D.C. 20510

President Pro Tempore of U.S. Senate;

Orrin Hatch

104 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Minority Leader Of U.S. Senate;

Charles Schumer

322 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Speaker of United States House of Representatives;

Paul Ryan

1233 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Minority Leader of                                                                                                                                    United States House of Representatives;

Nancy Pelosi,

233 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Scott Pruitt

2777 Crystal Dr,

Arlington, VA 22202

Jeff Sessions

50 Pennsylvania Avenue,

NW Washington, DC 20530-0001

Rex Tillerson

Donald J Trump,

1400 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 201515

US Government et al;

Request for Emergency Accelerated Hearing on

Application for an Ex Parte or Temporary Restraining Order

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 65 (a)

Order to Show Cause Why This Temporary

Restraining Order Should Not Be Granted

Emergency Request to enjoin United States Government Officers from engaging in further behavior arresting or impeding environmental protection processes

Temporary Restraining Order against Officers of

United States Senate, Senate Officers

Mitch McConnell Majority Leader,

Joseph Biden President of United States Senate,

Orrin Hatch President Pro Tem United States Senate

Charles Schumer, Minority Leader of U.S. Senate

And against Officers of United States House

House of Representative

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United States House of

Representatives,

Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader United States

House of Representatives,

Donald J Trump, Jeffrey Sessions, Scott Pruitt ,

And any officers of environmental or scientific organizations to preserve any data, processes , programs, or staff as are currently in place as necessary to the functioning and the Defense of the Republic, to protect and preserve life as unpolluted with the wastes of Interstate Commerce

MOTION FOR A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER

UNDER F.R.C.P. RULES 65 (a)

Darrell Prince, Plaintiff moves this court for the entry of an ex parte or  temporary restraining order to preserve the status quo pending hearing and resolution of plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction.

Respectfully Submitted,

__________________________________

Darrell Prince, Plaintiff in Pro Se

AFFIDAVIT OF URGENT NEED OF ISSUANCE OF TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER,

Plaintiff, hereby states that there is an urgent need for this U.S. Appellate in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to issue this proposed ex parte or, failing that,  temporary restraining order to preserve the status quo until this court, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court give rulings on the merits of substantial claims made in the civil complaint of this case. The issuance of the temporary restraining order is necessary to protect the citizens of the United States of America from  a clear and present danger to the Republic. The wastes of interstate and international  Commerce, regulated by the US Government, (defendants) are causing irreparable harm to citizens in the form of early deaths (estimated at 200,000 per year) and the current degredation of the atmosphere, and threatening the integrity of the Republic itself, as well as that of human civilization at large.

  • it has no adequate remedy other than an injunction (such as money damages);

This truly not relevant to the scope of this requested order; the apparent election of these officials gives them leave to radically alter policies in the US government, and they have promised to do so, in

a manner that has been demonstrably proven to be the exact cause for this complaint, detrimental to the life, liberty and property of the citizens of this country, en masse, and thus ask

(2) truly irreparable harm will occur in the absence of an injunction;

Various members of this administration have taken very deliberate stance with the potential for harm  to environmental data, the subject of Climate change. One of the members of the administration, the person occupying the office of the Secretary of State is still party to the lawsuit as the chief Executive of Exxon Mobil for deliberately deceiving the public as to the dangers of global warming.

The prospective EPA chair has a court order requiring the release of emails with the oil and gas industry, and denies that man-made global warming is a real thing.

The person occupying the office of the President,  has publicly denied the existence of man made global warming, promised to pull the United States out of the Paris peace accords.

Congress has passed a bill slashing climate change funding at NASA

It’s 70 degrees in February in the Northeast, in the 3rd consecutive hottest year ever. We have no more time to deal with people who deny the existence of obvious problems.  Especially because there are feedback loops. The pace of warming will continue to accelerate, and the warming of today, may be the result of Reagan era emissions at worst, and Bush era emissions at a minimum.  See exhibit B in the Addendum.

(3) it is more likely than not that the moving party will prevail on the underlying merits when the matter ultimately goes to trial;

  1. The issue of CO2, and methane’s effect on warming the lower atmosphere, is literally a subject of no debate amongst serious scientists, including people who deny that it is a major factor today(Richard Lindzen, Prager U, MIT (https://www.prageru.com/courses/environmental-science/climate-change-what-do-scientists-say @ 2:20), as it has been accepted as fact,  by the scientific community for nearly 200 years, that without which, life on earth would not exist.
  2. Just the United States, just from Oil, from puts 15 billion pounds of CO2 (calculated from the 33 million barrels of oil burned per day statistic, available and widely used by the oil and gas industry). into the atmosphere, each, and every day of the year, not counting coal, and not counting methane, which is an under reported factor-having 86 time the warming effect over a 25 year time span- we literally are not measuring it- so the total man made effect of greenhouse gases is not fully quantitated
  3. CO2 levels in 1950 were at 280 PPM, close to the record high, over the last 400,000 years. 2017 they are at 410 PPM, the highest in 4 million years

source: NASA.gov

Match of CO2 data, and Antarctic Temperature

  1. The reputation of weather prediction service is unassailable in the public opinion, and is perhaps the most regularly checked service in the world, predicting with accuracy days and weeks ahead, what the weather will be like. This service is a large subset of the oft quoted 97% of scientists believe in man made global warming

“Science distinguishes itself from all other branches of human pursuit by its power to probe and understand the behavior of nature on a level that allows us to predict with accuracy, if not control, the outcomes of events in the natural world. Science especially enhances our health, wealth, and security, which is greater today for more people on Earth than at any other time in human history.” 
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
From Skeptical Inquiry magazine Sept/Oct 2016

  1. Recent effects. The world has just experienced the third consecutive hottest year on record, as a fact.  Anecdotally, it has been noticed, that for three consecutive Christmases, temperatures have exceeded 60 degrees in the Northeast United States. It’s been warming, as predicted, by people who generally do a good job of predicting the weather weeks and months out- and denied by people who do a lot of selling of fossil fuel and fossil fuel products.

(4) the benefit to the party seeking the injunction outweighs the burden of the party opposed to the injunction;

(5) the moving party’s right to the relief sought is clear.

The risks posed to the populace at large are beyond significant, they are catastrophic. Famine,  loss of cities,  20+ millions of refugees from coastal cities, all of them in the United states, trillions of dollars lost. Disease becomes more likely in these scenarios, as does wars, and the possibility for dissolution of the Republic.

The chances of it happening? As good as they can be –warming was predicted, warming is clearly happening. 97% percent of the relevant scientific community has spoken. It is highly doubtful that you could get 97% of humans to agree that they breathe air.  For argument’s sake, let’s call that 85%. That would be an 8-1 Supreme Court decision, or an election in which 1 candidate won 85% of the vote.  The best technical term for such a clear victory is actually a colloquialism “beatdown”.Simply unimaginable.  While all branches of human learning relies on prevailing opinions of the day- subjective to the whims and tides of prevailing thoughts of the day- the work of scientists

The risk here, is as clear as can be- and the associated risks- like the 200,000 early deaths per year in the US attributed to pollution, which would be solved in the same set of processes that gets  CO2 and methane  emissions  reduced significantly.

Contrast this with the annual numerical American death toll due to foreign born terrorists- less than 25 per year going back to 9/11, and nearly 3000 on 9/11. So provided hear is the overly kind to opposing ideas doctrine. 10% of the pollution deaths EVERY YEAR is 5 times the number of Americans who have died from foreign born terrorists in the LAST FIFTEEN YEARS, and we spend maybe a billion on the former and at least 150 billion on the latter.

  1. Does the US government have a responsibility to take actions- appropriate measures to act to protect the citizens, from major threats? To protect them from it’s own actions, and those of the businesses it regulates?
  2. Does the consensus opinion of the previous President, the scientific agencies with in the Government, the Pentagon, as well as the consensus opinions of every major scientific body on the planet constitute a threat?
  3. What constitutes a real action to preserve those citizens, on the scale of the threat?

(5) the moving party’s right to the relief sought is clear.

For greater length exposition into the doctrine of Standing- see Civil Action 16-6702.

John Marshall, who stated in the Virginia ratifying convention: “Congress is empowered to make exceptions to the appellate jurisdiction, as to law and fact, of the Supreme Court. These exceptions certainly go as far as the legislature may think proper for the interest and liberty of the people.” However, this was prior to the adoption of the 1st Amendment.

Pursuant to the 1st Amendment right to Petition for the right to redress of Grievances, for which Congress shall make no law (implying thusly that court doctrines, approved by Congress) restrict the right of, Plaintiff submits this grievance.  Pursuant to the Guarantee Clause, in which the entire United States Government is pledged to provide a Republic in perpetuity, pursuant to the 5th amendment due process clause which states that neither life liberty nor property shall be taken from,  nor threat of same, without due process of law, Plaintiff claims that due process. Pursuant to the official document that began the American Experiment, the very definition of a legal document, Plaintiff claims the right to alter or abolish a government that has become detrimental to his rights as a citizen.

Pursuant to the Actual text of Article III, this case directly relates to a Controversy involving the US federal government, involving the stability of the Plaintiff’s   life,  life’s work and  passions(see 2-12-cv-03787) and the future of all of Plaintiff’s  family members.

___________________________ Darrell Prince, Plaintiff in Pro Se     date

Darrell Prince, Plaintiff in Pro Se                    Case Number      17-1042

IN THE UNITED STATES EASTERN DISTRICT COURT FOR PENNSYLVANIA

DARRELL PRINCE, Plaintiff in Pro Se

V.

Defendants

Majority Leader of United States Senate;

Mitch McConnell

317 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

The President of U.S. Senate;

Vice President Joseph Biden

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, D.C. 20510

President Pro Tempore of U.S. Senate;

Orrin Hatch

104 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Minority Leader Of U.S. Senate;

Charles Schumer

322 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Speaker of United States House of Representatives;

Paul Ryan

1233 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Minority Leader of                                                                                                                                    United States House of Representatives;

Nancy Pelosi,

233 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Scott Pruitt

2777 Crystal Dr,

Arlington, VA 22202

Jeff Sessions

50 Pennsylvania Avenue,

NW Washington, DC 20530-0001

Rex Tillerson

Donald J Trump,

1400 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 201515

US Government et al;

Request for Emergency Accelerated Hearing on

Application for an Ex Parte or Temporary Restraining Order

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 65 (a)

Order to Show Cause Why This Temporary

Restraining Order Should Not Be Granted

Emergency Request to enjoin United States Government Officers from engaging in further behavior arresting or impeding environmental protection processes

Temporary Restraining Order against Officers of

United States Senate, Senate Officers

Mitch McConnell Majority Leader,

Joseph Biden President of United States Senate,

Orrin Hatch President Pro Tem United States Senate

Charles Schumer, Minority Leader of U.S. Senate

And against Officers of United States House

House of Representative

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United States House of

Representatives,

Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader United States

House of Representatives,

Donald J Trump, Jeffrey Sessions, Scott Pruitt ,

And any officers of environmental or scientific organizations to preserve any data, processes , programs, or staff as are currently in place as necessary to the functioning and the Defense of the Republic, to protect and preserve life as unpolluted with the wastes of Interstate Commerce

MOTION FOR A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER

UNDER F.R.C.P. RULES 65 (a)

Darrell Prince, Plaintiff moves this court for the entry of an ex parte or  temporary restraining order to preserve the status quo pending hearing and resolution of plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction.

Respectfully Submitted,

__________________________________

Darrell Prince, Plaintiff in Pro Se

AFFIDAVIT OF URGENT NEED OF ISSUANCE OF TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER,

Plaintiff, hereby states that there is an urgent need for this U.S. Appellate in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to issue this proposed ex parte or, failing that,  temporary restraining order to preserve the status quo until this court, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court give rulings on the merits of substantial claims made in the civil complaint of this case. The issuance of the temporary restraining order is necessary to protect the citizens of the United States of America from  a clear and present danger to the Republic. The wastes of interstate and international  Commerce, regulated by the US Government, (defendants) are causing irreparable harm to citizens in the form of early deaths (estimated at 200,000 per year) and the current degredation of the atmosphere, and threatening the integrity of the Republic itself, as well as that of human civilization at large.

  • it has no adequate remedy other than an injunction (such as money damages);

This truly not relevant to the scope of this requested order; the apparent election of these officials gives them leave to radically alter policies in the US government, and they have promised to do so, in

a manner that has been demonstrably proven to be the exact cause for this complaint, detrimental to the life, liberty and property of the citizens of this country, en masse, and thus ask

(2) truly irreparable harm will occur in the absence of an injunction;

Various members of this administration have taken very deliberate stance with the potential for harm  to environmental data, the subject of Climate change. One of the members of the administration, the person occupying the office of the Secretary of State is still party to the lawsuit as the chief Executive of Exxon Mobil for deliberately deceiving the public as to the dangers of global warming.

The prospective EPA chair has a court order requiring the release of emails with the oil and gas industry, and denies that man-made global warming is a real thing.

The person occupying the office of the President,  has publicly denied the existence of man made global warming, promised to pull the United States out of the Paris peace accords.

Congress has passed a bill slashing climate change funding at NASA

It’s 70 degrees in February in the Northeast, in the 3rd consecutive hottest year ever. We have no more time to deal with people who deny the existence of obvious problems.  Especially because there are feedback loops. The pace of warming will continue to accelerate, and the warming of today, may be the result of Reagan era emissions at worst, and Bush era emissions at a minimum.  See exhibit B in the Addendum.

(3) it is more likely than not that the moving party will prevail on the underlying merits when the matter ultimately goes to trial;

  1. The issue of CO2, and methane’s effect on warming the lower atmosphere, is literally a subject of no debate amongst serious scientists, including people who deny that it is a major factor today(Richard Lindzen, Prager U, MIT (https://www.prageru.com/courses/environmental-science/climate-change-what-do-scientists-say @ 2:20), as it has been accepted as fact,  by the scientific community for nearly 200 years, that without which, life on earth would not exist.
  2. Just the United States, just from Oil, from puts 15 billion pounds of CO2 (calculated from the 33 million barrels of oil burned per day statistic, available and widely used by the oil and gas industry). into the atmosphere, each, and every day of the year, not counting coal, and not counting methane, which is an under reported factor-having 86 time the warming effect over a 25 year time span- we literally are not measuring it- so the total man made effect of greenhouse gases is not fully quantitated
  3. CO2 levels in 1950 were at 280 PPM, close to the record high, over the last 400,000 years. 2017 they are at 410 PPM, the highest in 4 million years

source: NASA.gov

Match of CO2 data, and Antarctic Temperature

  1. The reputation of weather prediction service is unassailable in the public opinion, and is perhaps the most regularly checked service in the world, predicting with accuracy days and weeks ahead, what the weather will be like. This service is a large subset of the oft quoted 97% of scientists believe in man made global warming

“Science distinguishes itself from all other branches of human pursuit by its power to probe and understand the behavior of nature on a level that allows us to predict with accuracy, if not control, the outcomes of events in the natural world. Science especially enhances our health, wealth, and security, which is greater today for more people on Earth than at any other time in human history.” 
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
From Skeptical Inquiry magazine Sept/Oct 2016

  1. Recent effects. The world has just experienced the third consecutive hottest year on record, as a fact.  Anecdotally, it has been noticed, that for three consecutive Christmases, temperatures have exceeded 60 degrees in the Northeast United States. It’s been warming, as predicted, by people who generally do a good job of predicting the weather weeks and months out- and denied by people who do a lot of selling of fossil fuel and fossil fuel products.

(4) the benefit to the party seeking the injunction outweighs the burden of the party opposed to the injunction;

(5) the moving party’s right to the relief sought is clear.

The risks posed to the populace at large are beyond significant, they are catastrophic. Famine,  loss of cities,  20+ millions of refugees from coastal cities, all of them in the United states, trillions of dollars lost. Disease becomes more likely in these scenarios, as does wars, and the possibility for dissolution of the Republic.

The chances of it happening? As good as they can be –warming was predicted, warming is clearly happening. 97% percent of the relevant scientific community has spoken. It is highly doubtful that you could get 97% of humans to agree that they breathe air.  For argument’s sake, let’s call that 85%. That would be an 8-1 Supreme Court decision, or an election in which 1 candidate won 85% of the vote.  The best technical term for such a clear victory is actually a colloquialism “beatdown”.Simply unimaginable.  While all branches of human learning relies on prevailing opinions of the day- subjective to the whims and tides of prevailing thoughts of the day- the work of scientists

The risk here, is as clear as can be- and the associated risks- like the 200,000 early deaths per year in the US attributed to pollution, which would be solved in the same set of processes that gets  CO2 and methane  emissions  reduced significantly.

Contrast this with the annual numerical American death toll due to foreign born terrorists- less than 25 per year going back to 9/11, and nearly 3000 on 9/11. So provided hear is the overly kind to opposing ideas doctrine. 10% of the pollution deaths EVERY YEAR is 5 times the number of Americans who have died from foreign born terrorists in the LAST FIFTEEN YEARS, and we spend maybe a billion on the former and at least 150 billion on the latter.

  1. Does the US government have a responsibility to take actions- appropriate measures to act to protect the citizens, from major threats? To protect them from it’s own actions, and those of the businesses it regulates?
  2. Does the consensus opinion of the previous President, the scientific agencies with in the Government, the Pentagon, as well as the consensus opinions of every major scientific body on the planet constitute a threat?
  3. What constitutes a real action to preserve those citizens, on the scale of the threat?

(5) the moving party’s right to the relief sought is clear.

For greater length exposition into the doctrine of Standing- see Civil Action 16-6702.

John Marshall, who stated in the Virginia ratifying convention: “Congress is empowered to make exceptions to the appellate jurisdiction, as to law and fact, of the Supreme Court. These exceptions certainly go as far as the legislature may think proper for the interest and liberty of the people.” However, this was prior to the adoption of the 1st Amendment.

Pursuant to the 1st Amendment right to Petition for the right to redress of Grievances, for which Congress shall make no law (implying thusly that court doctrines, approved by Congress) restrict the right of, Plaintiff submits this grievance.  Pursuant to the Guarantee Clause, in which the entire United States Government is pledged to provide a Republic in perpetuity, pursuant to the 5th amendment due process clause which states that neither life liberty nor property shall be taken from,  nor threat of same, without due process of law, Plaintiff claims that due process. Pursuant to the official document that began the American Experiment, the very definition of a legal document, Plaintiff claims the right to alter or abolish a government that has become detrimental to his rights as a citizen.

Pursuant to the Actual text of Article III, this case directly relates to a Controversy involving the US federal government, involving the stability of the Plaintiff’s   life,  life’s work and  passions(see 2-12-cv-03787) and the future of all of Plaintiff’s  family members.

___________________________ Darrell Prince, Plaintiff in Pro Se     date

An elemental dream of Unity

Dear People of Earth,

I had a dream, a simple, but far reaching dream. That our Air and our Water were being polluted by Fire and Earth, and scientists who study Air Water, Fire and Earth, said it was dangerous not to change, not to upgrade to make better. So we did, we focused in, and we transformed communities, people working side by side to make the places we live and work and play better at using resources wisely, better places to be that represented us served us and educated us. The best part was, when we did one, it happened everywhere, not the same, but different, but starting with the same idea of quality. We never had a problem with money, because we all agreed there was enough, but we had to center ourselves, and decide what was best for us, and how we could best use our resources of Energy and Time, Land, People and Goods. We found ways to express information without opinions, and came to our own decisions before discussions, which were preludes to actions, usually building.

We Educated ourselves, as part of taking care of People.

Rebuild America

REBUILDING AMERICA

A Revenue Positive plan to upgrade America

Year 1 (Building envelope and housing focused)

New jobs                                                                 4 Million +

Additional (annual)tax revenue                     100 Billion

GDP growth 1st year                                                      13%

GDP growth 5 year avg                                                   6%

Deficit reduction, 5 year                                  400 Billion

 

Inputs

 

(in B$$)

0      National building code, with penalties, and hold on sale/rental                            based on energy efficiency

 

-25   Training program –

{Fed Budget} Turn out 2 million qualified energy and infrastructure   workers,  priority for recent  fossil fuel employees

 

Land grant colleges

20,000 teachers @65k (includes overhead) @ to teach Energy audit                   HVAC and   insulation, as well as infrastructure repair

 

Stipends for 1 million low income/ hardship grants for 6 months                 @12,500

1 million no tuition scholarships

 

+1000       Green bond issues-

{Public sales}

-100  Infrastructure repair commitment-

{Fed Budget} Most necessary repairs from Army Core of Engineers

 

100 Billion in lend loss insurance (loan guarantees) leveraged at 10 to 1 (year 5 earliest pay out)

 

 

 

Outputs

 

 

1000 Retrofits and upgrades–

10 Million buildings being upgraded, building material sales, labor

gov backed conservation bonds for home efficiency (up to 50% deal size), generation (20%), cosmetic(max  30%)

 

+100 Revenue increase

Assumes a very low Income tax collection of 10% on the trillion spent

 

 

Overall synopsis:

 

A GREEN NEW DEAL FOR THE USA

 

Darrell Prince, Jon Rynn, Ph.D. and Brian D’Agostino, Ph.D.

copyright 2014

 

More than four years after the U.S. economy entered a nominal recovery, unemployment and underemployment in 2014 in much of the country remains at recession levels. During these years, Hurricane Sandy and an epidemic of droughts, floods, and tornados have devastated much of the country, reminding everyone about the rising sea levels and extreme weather events being caused by climate change.  Both of these crises—economic and environmental—have a common solution that is politically and financially feasible.  In this paper, we outline a policy that can achieve this solution.  It offers the single best program for any political leader wanting to deliver on campaign promises of providing economic relief to the middle class and poor, while investing in a sustainable future.

The Green New Deal we discuss involves a unique partnership between the public and private sectors and features a bold program of investment in energy efficiency.  The main form of this investment would be refurbishing single family homes, for state of the art energy efficiency and energy generation.  Such housing stock is currently the most energy inefficient of all housing, and thus “low hanging fruit” for any effort to reduce private energy costs and the nation’s carbon footprint while simultaneously creating millions of new jobs.

What currently prevents such investment from occurring on a large scale?  According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (2013), financial institutions have ample funds to loan for such purposes and the economies that can be realized from such investment are indisputable.  “By far the greatest obstacle identified by [lenders],” they write, “is a lack of customers actively seeking financing for energy efficiency investments.” This sounds like lack of a good old-fashioned, Madison Avenue demand generation marketing and advertising campaign, as well as a “tin men” style of door to door sales.  The remainder of this paper discusses a public policy innovation that can greatly increase consumer demand for energy efficiency investment and open a vast flow of private capital, earmarked for such improvements to homeowners, creating millions of productive jobs and revitalizing American manufacturing.

The Green New Deal we envision involves two parts: 1. A national energy efficiency building code standard, set in place for seven years hence, and 2. the issuing of a $100 billion in high yield (4%) US backed bonds that would absorb private capital and make it available for a fixed total publicly administered lend loss fund.  Making a conservative estimate of twice the current fail rate of such deals of 5%, a 10% coverage means such a program covers a trillion dollars in investment deals of this type.  Assuming the US is able to capture 10% of this revenue back as taxes, interest rates on the bonds are easily covered by $100 billion in extra tax reciepts.   Moreover, the number of buildings (100 million) in the US, means that conversion market will need 6+ trillion before all is said and done, which will have a 10-12 year payback on energy savings—a lot of financing, on simple deals.

With this much money flowing that way; large scale demand generation, and product companies will develop quickly to take advantage of such a large emerging market; and big capital will move from plodding antagonist bent on protecting existing cash flows on fossil fuels to enthusiasts seeking to move into low-risk high volume plays, that will also yield several high risk, high reward new technology plays.

Rather than traditional bond markets; the bonds themselves would be targeted towards traditional commerical banks, with these bonds being eligible as “reserve capital”, thus ensuring buy-in from large institutions, though a disproportionate number would be earmarked for smaller banks. The bond sale would serve as “buzz” for the deals themselves. It’s also a huge PR boost to banks, headlines that read ”Wall Street saves the World,” is a little different than their current pariah status for most Americans.

The private financing would make ultralow interest home improvement loans intended to retrofit housing for energy efficiency, energy generation and remodeling.  The program should be designed to require a bare minimum of paperwork from homeowners and no net increase in monthly costs.  Once the improvements are made, the loan can be repaid entirely out of the savings resulting from lower costs for fuel and electricity.

This funding system uses public policy to create incentives for private lending by increasing consumer demand for investments in energy efficiency.  The citizens earn interest on bonds, the lenders get larger, more stable reserves from customers, as well as high volume of low risk deals, the homeowners undertake the investment and realize long term cost savings as well as measurable status upgrades to their homes, and the US  reaps the positive externalities of large scale job creation and a greatly reduced carbon footprint.

The job creation would occur through a multiplier effect—homeowners would employ contractors and their workers, who would purchase materials from local businesses, which in turn will need to be manufactured, spurring job growth in manufacturing as discussed by Rynn (2010).  The program embodies the principle of “subsidiarity,” namely the use of government in a way that empowers, rather than pre-empts, action in the private sector (D’Agostino 2012).

 

 

REFERENCES

 

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. 2013. Engaging Small to Mid-Sized Lenders, Executive Summary.

 

D’Agostino, Brian. 2012.  The Middle Class Fights Back: How Progressive Movements Can Restore Democracy in America. (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger).

 

Rynn, Jon. 2010. Manufacturing Green Prosperity: the Power to Rebuild the American Middle Class. (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger).