In "Industry's Ills are Domestic, Not Imports" Jameson states that Japanese industries are more efficient because there was a shift away from energy-consuming industries and investment for the purpose of conserving energy.
In another Viewpoint the same day--"In Suit-Happy Society, the Economy Ends Up Suffering the Damages"--Lester C. Thurow states that America imports 40% of its oil and cannot pay for it.
He has previously pointed to the deterioration of our sewage infrastructure in large cities and urban areas, saying they are in need of repair and enlargement. I offer the following suggestion.
Why not solve all three problems by updating sewage treatment plants nationwide and within each system include a biomass energy-generating system where waste products would be directly converted into energy through biomass conversion?