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Comment This is really good news... (Score 1) 174

Because nothing can take China down as effective as what's taken America down.

American skyrocketing medical costs over more than two decades have helped crush the economy here. This happening in China in a single decade could very well be a national disaster there of unprecedented proportions historically anywhere.

Comment Re:Actually capturing is the key (Score 1) 365

The other factor is the purity of the carbon. Industry does use CO2; cheaper CO2 is an amazingly useful thing. Who currently sells CO2, and why would they not want this competition, and what kind of lobbying are they willing to do to prevent it from widespread adoption, despite the significant economical advantage, and changes to markets it's adoption would entail ? What people don't do, because most lack a comprehensive understanding of how things are vs. theoretical ideals that are not based upon reality, is FOLLOW THE MONEY. The most crucial thing anyone could do politically and intellectually is be aware and involved in industry, and strive to be knowledgeable about what is done now, and how it's done, what it costs to do it, who's doing it, and how they spend the their profits to keep doing it. It's sounds complicated because it it; there's an interdependence that industry relies on, and it's naive to think that important discoveries and new processes are going to result in anything revolutionary anytime soon, particularly when most people are stuck in a la la land of ideals disassociated from reality. CO2 isn't a bad thing. It's actually an awesome thing. Stick that CO2 in a proper usable form where it's needed and amazing things happen. You can grow plants in a greenhouse twice as fast without ANY need for pesticides, for instance. You can manufacture things cheaper and more efficiently. The question begging to be answered is in who's best interest is it to prevent the inevitable for as long as possible, and why...

Comment How is this news ? (Score 1) 605

I mean, anyone that's even remotely familiar with the University system knows that degrees have always been a hit or miss indicator.

Honest to God, once Universities stopped teaching people Latin, the quality of a degree was a joke.

And all the degrees you can get without any significant Philosophy or History aren't worth the toilet paper I flush every morning.

And all you PolySci and MBA's - go fuck yourselves. The only people worse than you are the ones that go into advertising.

Teaching people to think for themselves, to question, to create - these are things of the past. You're on your own. Choose wisely, and don't expect to be rewarded by the stupid and banal for it. Just do it because it's awesome.

Comment If you don't like it... (Score 1) 597

Write your congress person that made this happen.

You can blame the President, blame a particular party, blame anyone randomly that you want.

The authority to permit this lies in Congress; THEY allowed this to happen, it's THEIR responsibility to fix it, and OURS to demand that they do.

For all the bitching here, I don't see anyone actually making any suggestions or efforts. Whining just makes you a whiner. DO something that actually matters.

Comment Come on... (Score 1) 644

The best investment isn't dumping money into making finite fossil fuel production more efficient. It's in investing in AMERICAN companies and technologies, the way the Chinese are investing in Chinese companies and technologies...

Sure, we should use the finite sources of fossil fuels we have as efficiently and cleanly as is possible. But certainly not at the expense or exclusion of alternatives.

It is not an either/or proposition, and never has been. Presenting it as such is a fallacy that does nothing good for the long term.

China is undercutting American production of a lot of things, and harming American industries, American workers, and American security. And it's doing it with the help of unscrupulous and well connected American corporations.

THAT is the real story here obfuscated in the typical Fox News way. Now lets insist our useless Congress DO something about it, or kick the whole lot of them out of office until we get someone in there that will put American interests first over corporate interests.

Comment Re:Lead balloon argument (Score 1) 626

He's not the only one that says so.

Just how many billions can the planet sustain ?

The assumption that the kind of population growth we've had the last 200 + years can go on is one worth questioning.

Billions will die. Billions. Many of us might actually be around to witness it. Hopefully not me. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. The dead could very well be the lucky ones.

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