quote: Don't get me wrong, I don't think there's anything wrong with green subsidies
quote: There are tons of things wrong with Green or any other kind of subsidy. The distort the market and create demand for items that are not needed nor practical.
quote: You mean... like marketing?
quote: No cause I don't have to pay for Marketing, unless I choose to buy a product.
quote: Marketing exists in the same feedback loop as regular sales. If your product sucks, you can have the best marketing and it will still tank in the market.
quote: you would recognize that marketing, collusion, branding, etc. can be as bad as (or worse than) subsidies at creating market distortion.
quote: Maybe if they added a $0.1 tax to gasoline to subsidize American biodiesel companies... oh wait, I forgot, we don't want to pay for anything...
quote: I am not using a computer thats 1k because 20 years ago it was 5K, it's because the cost to produce that computer has dropped due to changes in manufacturing and technology.
quote: It's a great idea to start looking green, but realistically the technology is in it's infancy and is not currently scalable.
quote: The reality is, most new technology had its genesis in publicly funded research.
quote: And there is good reason for the government to put money into research
quote: The market isn't an all-knowing, benevolent god.
quote: All that carbon that is in you and in your food was pulled out of the air by a plant some time in the recent past. That is called the carbon cycle...
quote: Whether that is a problem we should worry about is up to our elected officials.
quote: The free market is neither reactionary nor proactive.
quote: Department of Defense (DoD) stateside has been mandated by the Congress to use as much alternative fuel as they can, in order to decrease the dependance on foreign oil imports. Doesn't matter that E85 gives about 2/3 the mileage that unleaded gasoline does,
quote: You act like there is not oil to be had anywhere in the US. If we would use our own, we wouldn't have to use theirs.
quote: The only thing this has accomplished is to double food prices in the world.
quote: Ozone contributes to at most 7% of the global warming potential, while CO2 contributes as little as 9% and as much as 26%. So ozone has quite a bit of headroom before it's on the level of CO2. CO2 has nothing on H20 (36%-72%), the greenhouse gas with the largest GWP.
quote: You forgot to add in THEORY...
quote: No, the world's current warming trend is scientific fact... The ice caps ARE melting, glaciers ARE retreating, Greenland is actually going to be green soon. That's not what is up for debate...
quote: In Canada's great white north and there are glaciers that were hundreds of thousands of years old when I first saw them as a child and several of had disappeared before my last visit to Banff and Yoho national parks this previous year.
quote: A significant source of humanities fresh drinking water is going to disappear by 2030 as glaciers melt and drain into the ocean.
quote: "Natural gas is often described as the cleanest fossil fuel, producing less carbon dioxide per joule delivered than either coal or oil., and far fewer pollutants than other fossil fuels. However, in absolute terms it does contribute substantially to global carbon emissions, and this contribution is projected to grow. According to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (Working Group III Report, Chapter 4), in 2004 natural gas produced about 5,300 Mt/yr of CO2 emissions, while coal and oil produced 10,600 and 10,200 respectively (Figure 4.4); but by 2030, according to an updated version of the SRES B2 emissions scenario, natural gas would be the source of 11,000 Mt/yr, with coal and oil now 8,400 and 17,200 respectively. (Total global emissions for 2004 were estimated at over 27,200 Mt.) In addition, natural gas itself is a greenhouse gas (methane) far more potent than carbon dioxide when released into the atmosphere, although released in much smaller quantities. Natural gas is mainly composed of methane, which has a radiative forcing twenty times greater than carbon dioxide. This means a ton of methane in the atmosphere traps in as much radiation as 20 tons of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide still receives the lion's share of attention over greenhouse gases because it is released in much larger amounts."
quote: He was producing 12,000 gallons of biodiesel fuel per week by mid-year, and his business was viable, thanks to the $1/gallon tax credit.
quote: his business was viable, thanks to the $1/gallon tax credit. Now with the credit gone, he says he's shutting down the promising startup.