…turning trash back into treasure

1 Introduction

I. Introduction

Structured civilization has brought about the ability to make life easier for the human race; a vast network of people working together, enabling even the most incapable to survive.  The human condition, at the moment, is so well under control that we are able to focus on studying how this world operates in order to improve our condition even further.  The role of government is incredibly powerful in this advancement of civilization. The power comes from the policies created and enforced by the government upon its people. A prime example of the advancement of civilization by the government is the implementation of building codes. Over time errors in building design have been observed and in an effort to prevent the repetition of these mistakes, rules of construction were created by which building designers and contractors must adhere.

In recent decades, with the ever increasing tension and conflict in the world, it is becoming harder and harder not to question the ethics behind the policies that the government creates.  In other words, are the policies that are being created and implemented today servicing the advancement of civilization (i.e. all people) or are they servicing the needs of an elite select few under the delusion that all are being helped?   New York State, which published an ambitious State Energy Plan in 2009[1], is chosen as the main area of focus.  The government policy that will be examined is the current push for homeowners to “go green” through advertised government incentives.  Through rigorous observation, research, analysis and experience, this report identifies the philosophies that help lay the groundwork for this ambitious transition effort, the tools and incentives available to homeowners, the difficulties homeowners face when trying to go through the process, and lastly, the viability of the current policies.

[1] New York State Energy Plan http://www.nysenergyplan.com/index.html