Magazine article E Magazine

Our WTC Proposal. (E Word)

Magazine article E Magazine

Our WTC Proposal. (E Word)

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There's been much talk this past year about how to re-build the World Trade Center. The New York Times has examined numerous design proposals, and regularly updates readers on the lingering debate over what they should look like and how they might honor the dead. But alongside re-making big buildings, we ought to be laying the foundation for a clean energy future, one that will end out oil dependency that so profoundly figures into world tensions and the continued destruction of the global environment.

Clean, renewable hydrogen holds great promise for freeing us from our oil habit, and from the social and economic inequalities bound up with it. As Jeremy Rifkin points out in our lead story, a hydrogen economy can be decentralized and locally controlled, helping to create a more equitable world economic order, one in which everyone's basic needs can be met.

In toppling the WTC, the 9/11 terrorists were attacking symbols of American economic power. As Michael Moore infers in his compelling new film, Bowling for Columbine, America's war on terrorism could be fought, in part, by ending the hypocrisy of our close friendship with the dictatorial Arab oil states on the one hand, and our complicity in keeping down the poorer, non-oil producing Arab/Muslim states on the other. In exchange for cheap oil, we indirectly financed the people that supplanted Pearl Harbor with a new "Day of Infamy" that now has many Americans fearfully subscribing to George W. Bush's one-note agenda.

It could be said that--for reasons pertaining to both out oil dependency and our slowness at cutting that cord--we currently operate in a "fossil economy. …

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