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Offline bcsapper

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Re: Technical Solutions - CO2 Removal
« on: November 26, 2017, 10:58:38 am »
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/20/can-carbon-dioxide-removal-save-the-world

You need 100 million of these units described here to keep up with CO2 emissions...

They're the size of a semi trailer. I thought it was the little plastic sphere in the picture!  I thought, great, I'll get a couple of those myself.  Anything to help out, and all that.

It starts well.  Bill Gates always gives me confidence.  But the most telling paragraphs are at the end.  Words like “unrealistic.”, “high-stakes gamble” and “moral hazard par excellence.” rear their ugly heads.  I should make it clear I'd be happy to go with it anyway, if we are still so queasy about forced sterilization that we are willing to die instead, but I bet you won't get everyone else to sign on.

I loved the following:

"One of the peculiarities of climate discussions is that the strongest argument for any given strategy is usually based on the hopelessness of the alternatives: this approach must work, because clearly the others aren’t going to. This sort of reasoning rests on a fragile premise—what might be called solution bias. There has to be an answer out there somewhere, since the contrary is too horrible to contemplate."
Time for bed said Zebedee...