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To start a 'Manhattan Project' for developing renewable energy.

This project would not be secret.This project should be pushed by the U.S., but ideally would be funded by the G8 and all the wealthier countries, say the top 20 economies. Idealistic as it sounds, the defense budget of the U.S. should immediately be cut 25%, as well as Russia, China, and all the top 20 countries.This would create a fund of immense proportions that would be only for developing new technology for perhaps several of the most promising renewables like solar, Wave generated electricity, geothermal, fuel cell etc. Possibly a portion going to totally new and untried ideas. A team of scientists would be assembled from around the globe. Is this completely impracticable?

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  • Jun 7 2012: Barry, thanks, yes, I agree that in a perfect world i would rather see private interests come up w/ these technologies, but if you look at recently published literature by many scientists,(yesterday in fact, see Science Daily and BBC science website), that we are rapidly approaching a 'tipping point' for climate effects that will have dire consequences if ignored.Certainly we can't fullly arrest this process, but we can mitigate the severity of it which i believe is doable. Consequently, i also see it ovious that only the combined massive resources of large governments have the ability to get this done; and since continued degradation of our biosphere will only lead to destruction of our economies eventually, then all of us,and all countries have a vested interest in getting this done. Time is growing very short. I hope my grandchildren are able to adapt to the storm coming that we are so blatantly ignoring for short term profit. (at the expense of long-term reward and benefit). Even Wall-Streeters could see the logic in that! They are all going to take huge hits when natural catastrophes grow...but then again, maybe they are betting on it and profiting off of our loss.(probably!).

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