--What I was thinking when I said "alternative energy" is that they're ahead of us in using less
energy. Their houses and appliances are smaller. Their public transportation is better. They walk and use bikes and trains more than we do--for example, I've been to Copenhagen, and it really is like this, it's crazy: City Streets in Copenhagen
. They recycle more--many cities have recycling bins on city streets, so once you finish your water bottle you can put it in the bin instead of the trash. You have to pay for plastic bags for your groceries, which is a pain if you're just visiting--next time I'm bringing a cloth bag with me. In the Republic of Ireland recycling is strictly enforced--near the end of a trip there a couple of years ago we stayed in a house and the landlord took the time to show us where paper, trash, glass and plastic went, because apparently if you put out too much trash you can be fined, or pay more for the pickup.
Now, they're probably ahead of us because they have
to be. Many parts of their cities are hundreds of years old and therefore the streets very narrow, so there's limited parking. And we moved away from the city center concept, after WWII wasn't it, when the soldiers came back and living in the suburbs came into fashion?wolfguard
--What are the chances the U.S. would even bother to enlist the help of Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey over Crimea? What are the chances they would consider offering it? Putin knows the likelihood of the above is small and so is taking a calculated risk in making a play for Crimea. Particularly if a referendum is held and the Crimeans (?) vote to rejoin Russia. DaddyCatAlSO
--I've always read that Russia and China work together. But do they really, or is it just a matter of convenience. For now ;)Beldin
--Well, if the majority of people in Crimea vote to rejoin Russia, they may want
to go, but can they? What if the majority of people in Texas voted to rejoin Mexico? It can't be that simple.