90 by 50: Donald Trump, Mark Cuban, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet Save the World
Reality Television Saves the World
The world can be saved via reality television. Especially if that reality TV show is sponsored and hosted by the likes of Donald Trump, Mark Cuban, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. It’s guaranteed can’t miss television. And the product to be sold? Why the answer to all economic, energy and pollution problems of course. You would expect no less if you got that many billionaires in one place. If you could get some other billionaires like George Soros and the Koch brothers to participate the production would be even better.
90% By 2050
The driving forces to carry this off could be several. One is known as the 90 by 50 campaign. In this campaign the goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of big cities like New York City by 90% by the year 2050 largely though retrofitting buildings in urban areas with more efficient and energy saving technologies.
Go to Town
There would be two instances of the next project. In the first instance an existing southwestern city is systematically taken off the grid. All its energy needs are to be met with renewable sources—especially solar. In addition all electric motors in devices such as elevators would be replaced by more efficient ones. Building insulation would be brought up to the highest practical standard as would windows and electrical wiring. Even things like clothes dryers, refrigerators and washing machines could be replaced.
In the second instance, a town is built out in the southwest from scratch by a bunch of university students. It must be green from the ground up. After they finish building it, they must live in it. So if they put in some weird sort composting eco toilets that stink all the time, they will have to live with it. All kinds of options could be tried depending on terrain and resources. For instance, an attempt might be made to put individual houses or whole neighborhoods underground.
Military Industrial Complex
An honorable mention idea is one or several military bases. This might take so many permission slips from the federal government as a whole, the DOD in particular, the branch of the military in question and finally the base commander that it would take to long to accomplish. But if all those hoops can be jumped through by say: signing statements and executive orders, it might be doable. Since a military base is like a city, 90 by 50 technologies should apply. Make that base efficient!
Depending on time, funding and permits other projects could be tried. For instance, a long term solution to California’s water woes could be Nuclear Desalination. Get together various teams of university students or various companies to compete to generate a working plan to either dot California’s coast, or fill California’s deserts with nuclear power plants for desalination. Get some alternative thinkers who think they can prove that solar desalination plants are better and let them prove it. The plans must include everything from pumping the salt water from the ocean, to getting permits and approvals, building the energy plants, disposal of waste and hazardous materials, storing and transporting the clean water, etc.
The beauty of running a realty show like this is that problems are a good thing. Problems create the drama required to keep the viewers. Every time a solution is found to a problem it has the potential for fixing problems all around the world.
This is a way to get city managers and governors and even the federal government to think of more efficient ways to run their own institutions.
Capitalism vs Communism
No matter how much the radical left might wish it, capitalism does not need to be destroyed to save the world. The now defunct Soviet Union and the very existence of North Korea show us that at least some of the alternatives are not very palatable at all. We very much can build our way out of our problems. We have the wealth and technology to do so. And oh by the way there will be plenty of jobs for all in doing this. All we lack is the political will.
Another benefit of running reality in this way is that people will be able to see in real time how to create jobs and an economy that work by making the pie bigger rather than by redistributing existing wealth so that everyone become equally poor.