The RIPE Roadmap offers a path to help rural citizens:

  1. Close the digital divide and provide access to the internet throughout rural communities.   The FCC reports that access to the internet in the range of 98 to 100% can be achieved with an investment of $40 billion to $80 billion.  The RIPE Roadmap can provide in the range of $4 billion-$20 billion annually, closing the digital divide throughout rural America within a few years.
  2. Increase farm income with a stable revenue source that can support rural economies
  3. Support rural electric cooperatives to transition to clean energy without causing electricity rates to increase for their members
  4. Fund rural economic development grants
  5. Improve farmland’s impact on water quality, soil health, greenhouse gases, and air quality
  • There are significant pollution problems plaguing our country.  The great news is that farmers are the heroes who can help us become responsible stewards our of land. 
  • We have major pollution problems and farmers can champion the solutions we need.  Most water systems in the US are contaminated with unhealthy chemicals, and farmers can reduce and capture the excessive pesticides to prevent that pollution from entering our shared water systems.  Within the next ten years, 40 states will confront water shortages, finds US GAO study, and agriculture uses 80 percent of the water, so farmers can invest in water conservation measures to help everyone access abundant water.
  • The RIPE Roadmap harnesses market forces to efficiently solve our stewardship challenges.  While many environmental regulations use hidden costs that are integrated in to government programs and industry requirements, the RIPE Roadmap does not do that. Instead, it places a transparent pollution fee on the polluter, and lets consumers decide when to buy the more expensive products or when to buy alternatives that are cheaper.   
  • No cost impact to low- and middle-income households because each adult will receive a check to cover the extra cost that polluting energy industries may try to pass along.  The checks will come from a Permanent Dividend Fund that prevents politicians from moving the money, just as is successfully done in Alaska’s Permanent Dividends. 
  • This policy makes the polluters pay for the pollution they are imposing on you, and uses the revenue to pay you and to pay farmers for investing in stewardship of our shared natural resources for our children to enjoy.