Short version of the truth, the USA wastes more energy than it uses. The greatest waste is petroleum as transportation fuel, 75-80% wasted.
Is the ability to survive while wasting greatly, the sign of a great civilization? Or does it signal a human caused problem when everything we need is somewhere else?
Localization in food, energy and economies is a real simple way to reduce a whole lot of wasted energy.
The eco-village makes sense environmentally, AND economically. People easily get more done when they waste less energy doing it. Eco-villages are not a retreat to the "stone age". They are the forward path to a zero waste culture that creates more than it consumes.
"There are no environmental problems. There are only environmental symptoms of human problems" -Robert Gilman, context.org
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