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THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,
The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner shall regulate solar-powered mobility networks to encourage the shift from an oil-powered to a sustainable economy. Commercial networks shall be granted non-exclusive access to rights-of-way if the networks:
- Are privately-funded construction;
- Are privately operated without government subsidies;
- Exceed 120 passenger-miles per gallon (5 times the efficiency on existing roads) or equivalent energy efficiency;
- Exceed safety performance of transportation modes already approved for use; and
- Gather more than 2 megawatt-hours of renewable energy per network mile per typical day.
The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner shall promulgate regulations for solar and renewable energy mobility networks based on the following criteria:
- System design, fabrication, installation, safety, insurance and inspection practices shall be consistent with the American Society for Testing and Materials International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices;
- Environmental approvals shall be granted to networks exceeding 5 times the efficiency of existing roads as measured in energy per passenger-mile, and
- Networks’ access may be rejected in writing for other reasons; and
- Provided, taxes and fees assessed on solar and renewable energy mobility network providers, passengers and cargo shall be limited to 5 percent of the gross revenues and shall be paid to the aggregate rights-of-way holders by the solar or renewable energy mobility network provider.
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Repeat the success of communications in power and transportation shift to standards-based regulations. Remove regulatory delays .
The 5X5 Standard provides a simple and effective way to create a stable regulatory environment so $billions will be invested in sustainable infrastructure.
- This standard applies to Networks 5 times more efficient than existing transport modes in a Right of Way.
- Construction of the Networks must be privately funded.
- Networks must operate without government subsidies.
- Networks pay 5% of gross revenues for non-exclusive use of Rights of Way, or what existing laws require of other infrastructure networks using public Rights of Ways.
- Aboveground Networks must gather at least 2 megawatt-hours of renewable energy per typical mile per typical day.
- In collaboration with the State government, a Web-based Document System (WDS) will be provided with secure access to all jurisdictions. Each Network Plan will be posted to the WDS. Plans not rejected in writing within 14 days are approved.
- The objective of this provision is to protect the interests of communities, remove bureaucratic delays, and remove problems coordinating with multiple agencies.
- This only applies to Networks 5 times more efficient than existing networks.
- Networks are regulated for safety by existing theme park regulations (typically ASTM F24).
- This provides a 50,000-times better standard than Federal DOT:
- 0.2 injuries per million using ASTM F24
- 11,200 injuries per million using Federal DOT regulations.
- This provides a 50,000-times better standard than Federal DOT:
Private capital has stated an interest to invest based on this 5X5 Standard.
Rule of Law
- The Constitution is the primary Rule of Law in America.
- The Constitution Divided Sovereignty in the Preamble, as restated in Amendments 9 and 10:
- People retain all liberties not enumerated as sacrificed in written Constitutions.
- The federal government has unlimited taxing powers for the limited sovereignty of waging war and suppressing behaviors that build paths to war.
- The state governments are sovereign over issues of crimes, civil disputes, and other areas specifically enumerated in their constitutions.
Boston Tea Party resulted in the "post Roads" restriction in the Constitution. It forbids the mixing of Federal taxing for war-powers with taxing for commercial interests, "internal improvements."
Federalist #45, Madison: "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State."
- Since the 16th, 17th, and 18th Amendments and The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1916, politicians mixed war-making with their commercial interests resulting in Civilization Killers of:
- Resource depletion - US Peak Oil was in 1970. Life requires energy. Less affordable oil, less life (Energy Economics).
- Eight Presidents issuing unanswered calls to action to end foreign oil addiction. The week of May 17, 2919, the Federal government:
- Mortgaged Posterity at $432 million/day.
- To import 7.2 million barrels the week.
- There is a great deal of misinformation in the US today about being "energy independent."
- $22 trillion in Federal debt, rising in tandem with oil imports.
- Perpetual oil-wars since 1991.
- Terrorist attacks funded by oil-dollars.
- Climate Change
- $1.7 trillion/year in traffic costs.
- Enforcing the Constitution provides the path to creating millions of jobs converting traffic costs into value and preempting Civilization Killers. Restoring the Rule of Law in transportation today will repeat the benefits of restoring the Rule of Law in communications in 1982:
Federalist #62, Madison: "What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not but that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed? What farmer or manufacturer will lay himself out for the encouragement given to any particular cultivation or establishment, when he can have no assurance that his preparatory labors and advances will not render him a victim to an inconstant government? In a word, no great improvement or laudable enterprise can go forward which requires the auspices of a steady system of national policy."