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In order to reduce the impact of our society on the environment and to enhance the stability of both our society and the environment, we must make immediate efforts to switch the vast majority of our energy infrastructure (at least civilian) to sources of energy that are not destructive to the environment. In the short term, this means relying more on renewable sources of energy, such as: solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, and nuclear fission (when safety can be ensured). In the long term, this means developing nuclear fusion technology for a practically unlimited source of energy.  
     The first method towards achieving these goals should be through placing additional costs on all pollution from energy production, such as a "carbon tax". The second method towards achieving these goals should be through government financing of research in sustainable sources of energy, such as nuclear fusion. The third method towards achieving these goals should be through removing any incentive for continued use of nonrenewable energy sources. The fourth method of achieving these goals should be to incentivize the retraining of workers from fields in non-sustainable energy to fields in sustainable energy.
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