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Subject:My global warming solution
Time:09:13 am
Per my query from last night...

The back story: I have a playdate tonight. We were chatting last night, and the following conversation transpired:
me: 'k. Anything in particular you'd like me to fret about ahead of time?
him: your job is to not fret
me: You take all the fun out of it. :-)
him: OK, implement appropriate solutions to global warming to revert CO2 levels to 1968.
him: solve the problem, report solution tomorrow



Libertarian answer: do nothing. The market will take care of it.

Neocon answer: Flatten the middle east, pave it, and turn it into a giant solar panel and wind farm.

Liberal answer: Increase gas taxes by two dollars a gallon over the next five years. Use that money to fund a Global Warming Manhattan Project, that focuses primarily on energy conservation and alternative energy sources, but also deals with deforestation, population growth, and other social issues.

On new vehicles, institute a $500 tax on new vehicles sold for every one MPG that the vehicle is below the federal average fuel economy. Use these funds to institute a tax credit on new vehicles purchased-- $X for every one MPG that the vehicle exceeds the average. Adjust X annually to make the program self-funding. Couple this with aggressive increases in the CAFE standards, inclusion of light trucks in these numbers, and removal of tax credits for business use of light trucks.

Apply appropriate economic and political pressures to India, China, and other countries to reduce their emissions accordingly. I'm sure we can find a combination of carrots and sticks that will make this work.
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hgfalling
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Time:2007-02-10 08:53 pm (UTC)
You know about Richard Branson's prize, right?

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/09/2111213

Anyway, these suggestions, afaict, will slow the growth of CO2 in the atmosphere in the future, but won't do anything to remove CO2 that's actually there.
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leathers
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Time:2007-02-10 10:44 pm (UTC)
Considering plants are natural CO2 scrubbers, why not just replant all the rain forests that have been destroyed over the milennia and let nature heal itself after ceasing the rampant CO2 production?

Or is that too easy.
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hgfalling
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Time:2007-02-11 02:15 am (UTC)
Well, that is kinda easy except for the devastating effects on the world economy. This is why $2 taxes on gasoline aren't really an answer either. I mean, sure, you'll discourage people from using gasoline. But on the other hand, you'll discourage people from, you know, buying and making things. Buying and making things is surprisingly important to our way of life!
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whipartist
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Time:2007-02-11 10:04 am (UTC)
economic concerns were not part of the request, and when I smugly delivered my answers today, I noted that I was specifically ignoring them.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2007-02-10 09:23 pm (UTC)
Fertilize the ocean with iron.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2007-02-10 11:51 pm (UTC)
Why are you "fretting" on a playdate?
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whipartist
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Time:2007-02-11 09:59 am (UTC)
it's flirting, really. "you are so going to get it. I have plans for you..." I figured i'd just cut to the chase and ask.
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mspurrmeow
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Time:2007-02-11 02:16 am (UTC)
Any man who can string together...
"him: OK, implement appropriate solutions to global warming to revert CO2 levels to 1968."
... in a chat has got potential. I'm liking this.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-02-11 10:07 am (UTC)
willl you be at kinkfest? i'll introduceyou.
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evwhore
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Time:2007-02-12 09:41 am (UTC)
It might be too late anyway. If the methane hydrate under the sea starts to geyser up, we're totally fucked in a mass-extinction chain reaction anyway.

Don't forget supervolcanism.
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bbkahuna
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Time:2007-02-13 04:23 am (UTC)
I thought the neocon solution was: "What global warming?"
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