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re: A Conversation With Dave Hamilton, Self-Sufficiency Expert What new idea or innovation is having the most significant impact on the sustainability world? And he mentions transition movements. I used to live in a small city that relied on a pulp mill for cash cow taxation. Of course when the inevitable clash was prompted by declining fortunes, aka the last ten years, no one blinked and the mill shut down taking hundreds of direct jobs and millions of tax dollars with it. The transition included a slow raise of property taxes until folks are now choked to death. Example....I live in a great place on a river...rural... taxes approx 400 dollars a year. I have friends crowded into town lots, but have a view....taxes 4,000 dollars a year (I kid you not). That is the transition movement when the established govt. co-ops the word. Maintain BAU at the expense of some designated...

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