It has also been alleged that H2 is a greenhouse gas.
Another point — there has been some work on converting light and water directly into H2 and O2 gas much more efficiently that powering electrolysis from photovoltaic electricity.
This way, scientists can be assured of a consistent source of funding. This will make America smarter, and more competitive.
Since basic research has been fundamental to all those hi-tech device we all enjoy, I think there should be a fixed Federal excise tax on hi-tech devices, the proceeds to go to scientific research. There shall be safeguards to prevent this tax money from being used for anything but scientific research.
I hope that Slashdot members who respond to this posting will flesh out this idea. How much money is needed, and how big is the hi-tech market? What should the tax rate be? (If it were 10%, it could be termed a "Techo-Tithe".) Who should be exempt? Should it be used only for terrestrial research, or should it include the space program? For products that are partially hi-tech, such as automobiles, should there be a reduced rate based on the hi-tech content of the product?
Ideally, the tax would be paid by the consumer, so that it is visible. Every time you by a computer, a smart phone, or a digital camera, you will know that your tax will subsidize the research behind the next generation of devices, which may be spintronic or optical rather than electronic.
I hope that this discussion will result in a "We the People" petition to the White House (see https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/how-why/introduction) to ask that such a tax be implemented. We need 150 signatures to make such a petition visible, and 100,000 signatures to make sure the President sees it. Please, readers, do not initiate such a petition on your own, until the Slashdot discussion has reached some sort of consensus. We will want to do it right the first time."
I have summed this up as four principles:
God is a loving Parent to all humankind - and Who made the universe such that we could live in it.
God is Unique and is One, each human being is unique and different, and so humankind is diverse.
God is Perfect, we are imperfect - therefore God has made us diverse, so that, in our diversity, we can approach, but never reach, Perfection.
God has given us free will, and wants us to grow in understanding - to grow towards, even if we never reach, His Wisdom.
In a sense, ancient texts, including the Bible, are little-children's books that God inspired His Prophets to write for us, so that things will be explained to us. Even though the Biblical accounts of the Creation of the Universe are not scientific, they do contain moral lessons which we should still heed.
This is also described in the book "The Fight for Maglev"; see http://www.amazon.com/Fight-Maglev-America-Century-Transport/dp/1468144804/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330015138&sr=8-1
I also find that previous version of FF would slow down after a while, especially if they were chewing up a lot of Gigs (I have 8 GB RAM on this computer), and I had to restart. Fortunately, I always got my tabs back, and there must be a couple of hundred of them.
FF 11 does not seem to have that problem anymore. I guess I'll stop referring to it as Firefux!