Here is an example of how sail power is being proposed in California.
From: Jan Lundberg
Date: 27 January 2012 13:29
Subject: [sailtransportnetwork] presentation on local sailing networking
“If I can stress two words to add the Plan, here they are: Sail power.”
Here are the other points I managed to make, after identifying myself as “Jan Lundberg, with CultureChange.org and the Sail Transport Network. I’m a former oil industry analyst who would like to comment on transportation:”
• You can sail from Santa Cruz and Monterey in a monohull faster than taking public buses.• It’s an ocean Sanctuary, so we need to honor and enjoy the ocean. Picture tall ships at our wharf.• Sail power is the cleanest, most efficient energy: wind over the water, but it isn’t considered a factor as a technology or industry in either Washington, D.C. or our innovative region.• World trade is based on the dirtiest oil, bunker fuel. Sixteen of the biggest cargo ships spew out as much air pollutants such as sulfur as all the world’s cars. [Council members groaned at this bad news]• Today’s cargo ships have slowed down to 15 knots, the speed of the clipper ships 150 years ago. [Hmm..!]• You appreciate your organic coffee, but what about how it is brought to you? [Uhh…]• One way for sail power to get going is through climate protection. The UN meeting in Durban was a flop, but fortunately there is a way to bring about meaningful action:• A debt-for-nature swap between the U.S. and China would be sort of like the deals made to protect rainforest in South America. The U.S. is greatly indebted to China, but if we cut our carbon emissions and let China take the credit, that country can benefit from future Kyoto requirements on emissions, simply by writing off a good portion of U.S. debt. Overdue U.S. policies plus local incentives that save energy and cut carbon emissions would make this treaty happen.