“Hello everyone! This is Jasper Quincy, your host, bringing you the show that promises you a brighter future … Clean Sweep!”

The theme music swells to a triumphant crescendo, as sophisticated graphics flash across the screen – clunky oil rigs morphing into sleek wind turbines, traffic jams dissolving into tree-lined bike paths, layers of smog clearing into bright blue skies. Jasper continues excitedly.

“In a few minutes we will be checking our international database – what will today’s count be? Stay tuned for the answer to this life-changing question! But first a heartfelt thanks to today’s sponsors – Exxonerated and ShellOut. These energy giants have each donated ten billion dollars to the Buy Back the Air fund, allowing you to trade in your gas guzzler for a clean, maintenance-free electric car with nothing down and low-interest monthly payments. These generous donations mark their conversion from fossil fuels to renewable, planet-friendly resources. Thanks, guys – and welcome to today’s realities!”

After an extended ad celebrates the charms of the new, improved energy duo, Jasper returns.

“And now, let’s look at our database count. For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, our count of fossil-fuel-powered cars started at 1.4 billion, a seemingly insurmountable number. But millions of you took the pledge, especially after the ExShel team started offering financial incentives. Last week we were down to an astounding 142,683,107. Oprah is with us today, awarding this week’s first 1,000 converts a year’s free subscription to her Big O charging stations throughout the world. Thank you, Oprah! Are you ready to read the data?”

“I’m ready, Jasper.” Oprah’s smile lights up the room.

Dramatic music fills the air and the entire world holds its breath as Oprah presses a key. The number flashes up on the screen.

“Wow folks, we’re almost there!” Jason cries. “Only 65,340,023 conversions to go. Oprah – here’s the list of the lucky 1,000 winners!”

“Join us next week, when Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson will give virtual space rides to the first converts. For now, this is Jasper Quincy, from Clean Sweep, wishing you a life free of fossil fuels!”

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    Voice-Team
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    1 year ago

    Takes the reader right to a game show with all its enthusiasm. Great vocabulary, but not overbearing. Loved the word plays on “Exxonerated” and “ShellOut” = ExSHel. Positive ending which fits a game show.

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    Thompson Emate
    Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
    2 years ago

    Wow! Fuji this is interesting. I like the idea of the plot centered on a talk show. Oprah, Jeff Benzos and Richard Branson can sure be of help to encourage a decline in the figures. But the space trip, is it not adding its quota to carbon emission?

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Thompson Emate
    2 years ago

    You are right, Thompson. I also love the plot of this story.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    2 years ago

    Wow, this is fascinating, Fuji. And the unique setting adds more glow to it and makes it more lovelier and wonderful. Well done. 

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Fuji
    2 years ago

    You’re welcome, Fuji.

    Thompson Emate
    Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
    Reply to  Fuji
    2 years ago

    You’re most welcome Fuji. We are a team. Thank you VoiceTeam for the permission granted.

    Alan Kemister
    Alan Kemister(@alan-kemister)
    Reply to  Fuji
    2 years ago

    Hello, interesting little discussion here about the carbon costs of a space ride. Unfortunately these details as pointed out by Thompson Emate, really matter. In many places much, sometimes all, the electricity is generated from fossil fuels (often the worst polluter, coal). Switching to electric vehicles will be of little value if the electricity they ‘burn’ is generated from coal. Virtual trips of all kinds may be our future. I’m not looking… Read more »

    Alan Kemister
    Alan Kemister(@alan-kemister)
    Reply to  Fuji
    2 years ago

    Not everywhere. Only in places where electricity is produced by burning coal. Other places, it’s produced by burning oil which is better, or by burning natural gas, better still. Other places it’s produced by hydro power, wind power, solar power, wave power, tidal power, etc. There’s a long list. They’re all better from the perspective of the limited greenhouse gases they produce but each has other ‘pollution’ considerations. Nuclear power is also… Read more »

    Alan Kemister
    Alan Kemister(@alan-kemister)
    Reply to  Fuji
    2 years ago

    I think we should applaud anyone who tries to get more people to take the climate change problem seriously, and also applaud anyone who tries to council against climate change despair. The Schwarzeneger initiative tries to do both of these, but it is very hard to assess how much good his impassioned speeches are doing. I had a quick look but couldn’t find any outside authorities who’ve assessed the success of the… Read more »

    Greene M Wills
    Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
    2 years ago

    I absolutely loved it, Fuji! I could just hear the advertising in my head as I was reading your story. A story is good when it makes you feel and this does!

    Christer Norrlof
    Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
    2 years ago

    Your idea is wonderful and very well verbalized, Fuji. I think you even might be on to an incredible idea. If the biggest, international names of the world, sport heroes, movie stars, artists, musicians, business people etc came together in TV-shows like you are describing, the impact could be enormous. Companies would get free ads that they now are paying millions of dollars for, and people would rush to follow pieces of… Read more »

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