This Earth Day, Beat King CONG & Sign Up For Solartopia!
April 17, 2007
"Solartopia has made me what I previously thought impossible, optimistic."
"Isms are wasms."
Solartopia is our planet when, as Kurt Vonnegut might have said, we finally decide to like it here.
It is the prosperous, do-able, and absolutely necessary green-powered Earth of A.D. 2030. It is essential to our
survival--- economically, biologically and spiritually.
Solartopia rests on four simple pillars:
1. Total renunciation of all fossil and nuclear fuels. There is no place for them in a sustainable, survivable world.
They are neither green nor clean.
2. All-out conversion to renewable energy, led by the Solartopian Trinity of wind, solar and bio-fuels. Mother Earth
gives us the natural power we need.
3. Complete commitment to increased efficiency, including revived and solarized mass transit and inter-city passenger
4. No more production of anything that cannot be re-used or recycled. Zero tolerance of any waste makes Solartopia a
post- pollution world.
In addition to wind, solar and bio-fuels, Solartopian energy comes from the waves, currents and tides; from the
geothermal heat beneath the earth's crust; and from the temperature differentials between solar-heated water at the
oceans' surface and that deeper down.
The efficiency revolution is meant to drive Solartopian energy consumption levels to a pittance. Compact fluorescent
bulbs will be transcended by Light Emitting Diodes and a whole army of efficiency devices, many of them invented in
backyards as the green power revolution advances.
A hyper-powered internet fuels both the pure democracy of instant grassroots organizing and an endless grassroots stream
of Solartopian innovations that produce and save energy.
Hydrogen and electricity are the chief power carriers, but they are always produced by green means.
The safe energy revolution will spawn millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in decentralized wealth. With homes,
buildings, communities and farms controlling their own energy supplies, prosperity is widespread.
Thus Solartopia is diverse, tolerant and fair. Solartopians are argumentative, opinionated, liberated. The rich are
plentiful, the poor are less poor, and have their dignity. Nobody starves in Solartopia. Everyone has a right to an
Paper ballots guarantee actual democracy. Women are empowered, erudite and equally paid, so the birth rate has
Corporations still exist. But Solartopia demands they serve society rather than vice versa. Their charters require that
they balance the profit motive with social service. They are restricted in the types of business they do and where they
can do it. Ultimately, they worship at a new altar: accountability.
After so many thousands of corporations "Enronized" in toxic clouds of overextension and greed, Solartopia decided that
capitalism may be one thing, but cannibalism quite another.
The switch to renewables has defunded global terrorism. Shutting all nuclear plants has eliminated these pre-deployed
weapons of radioactive mass destruction, and relieved us of the on-going fear of melt-downs.
The money not wasted on this failed atomic technology has accelerated the switch to true green energy.
Murderous coal mines with their lethal air pollution are as long gone as oil spills and gas shortages.
Solartopians still painfully howl at the absurd idea that atomic power was once hyped as "green" or that coal was sold
With organic farming, food production has revived and thrived, bursting past the devastating catastrophes of chemical
pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and genetically modified seeds.
Synergistic reefs under large off-shore wind towers have helped revive the ocean ecology. Against all odds, the "Apollo
13 Laws" banning any form of pollution have made Solartopia's water and air fit to drink and breath.
Feisty and diverse, Solartopia has no firm consensus on personal beliefs about reproduction, meat eating (the
Vegetopians are always feuding with the carnivores) or a thousand other enjoyably combative issues.
But the bottom line is this: the absurd old hype about "green" nukes or fossil fuels is remembered in Solartopia as a
silly joke. When push came to shove, King CONG---Coal, Oil, Nukes & Gas---could not cut it. Our hyper-efficient Solartopia runs totally, gratefully and without compromise on Mother
Every year, Earth Day requires a choice: paint a new coat of greenwash on old fossil/nuke dinosaurs…or work for a
genuinely sustainable future based on zero tolerance for obsolete technologies, unnecessary waste or corporate
Kurt Vonnegut saw the Solartopian vision and it made him "optimistic." It is what Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., calls "the
good, brave renewable world of sustainability, dignity, prosperity and freedom."
Solartopia is the diverse, green-powered, organic place we must go to survive and thrive. The alternatives are moral
collapse, financial bankruptcy and biological extinction.
So this Earth Day, lets beat King CONG and sign up for Solartopia!
Harvey Wasserman's SOLARTOPIA! OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH, A.D. 2030, with an introduction by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is