Saturday, February 10, 2007


Life Imitating Art?

Yeah, I ripped off the title from Vicky. The Volokh Conspiracy links this article about Richard Branson's new $25m prize for developing a technology to remove Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere. At the same time, I'm watching the environmentalism episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit, where they go out and trick a bunch of environmentalist protestors into signing a petition to ban water (they call it by its chemical name, dihydrogen monoxide)

You could say they handpicked their dumbasses, and they probably did, but is this "x-prize" for CO2-scrubbing technology any smarter? I should go into business selling "organic CO2 scrubbers" (trees) for $99 per sapling. Come on, people.

*Pure* capitalists should in theory love this idea as it is "market" forces at work, right? It seemed to work ok for DARPA...?
Oh I totally prefer this approach compared to a gummint money pit, I'm just amused by all the sudden urgency over carbon dioxide, when the majority of the planet's land area is already covered by things that eat that exact compound.
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