How do we tap the reservoirs of good will that Obama noted? We have many tools at our disposal to move forward – we have a body of environmental and public health law that can, with some adjustment, gently shift our systems into balance, if we gather the will to use it.
To help, we have the memory of the meaning of the Constitution, giving us a government of the people for what we love. But for those who need something more concrete, we also now have the bright and very real analogy of the new clean energy vision – a world in which we are efficient and smart,[i] and our system knits many free sources we all own together in a resilient grid.[ii] This is analogous to how we can link the distributed energy of conscience and have a more resilient and efficient political system. When energy (electricity or reason) flows both ways, and isn't only dispensed from a central location, power is less susceptible to capture.