National planning

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Written by David Orr

The idea of national planning is not as far-fetched as it might first appear.  We developed comprehensive national plans to mobilize and fight two world wars.  Now we face larger challenges.  Climate change, the end of an era of cheap fossil fuels, population growth, and ecological degradation are converging to form a global megacrisis for which there is no precedent.  But the present policy and legal apparatus for managing land, air, water, energy, and atmosphere in the United States is fragmented, incremental, reactive, and short-sighted.  It is imperative that we extend policy and legal horizons to deal with larger systems over longer tiem periods.

David Orr, Down to the Wire, p.47.

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