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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: Hey, also, I did not realize that someone else had done a discussion on this idea. That only shows it might have merit. I am new to TED and have been thinking of the idea for quite some time. Also, do we not have enough weaponry on the planet/ I know the United States has more than enough to destroy or disable any adversary; and really, the money wasted on military projects,(billions), may only lead to WW3 and our extinction. Time for us children to scale back on these absurd toys. How about the new Raptor fighter plane,(eventually cost about 750 BILLION), that since 2005 was NEVER used in battle in either Iraq or Afghan., and is practically killing our pilots with oxygen failure issues!!! WASTE. If that 750 billion was put into renewable resource development the U.S. would now lead the world in such tech, and could sell it to everyone else!
    • Jun 8 2012: A fine idea Brian. Personally I would prefer governments to do this because it is in everyone's best interest and then perhaps these technologies would be available to everyone rather than just those that can afford them. Like medicare or social security. Call it Energy Security. It is after all a matter of national and global well-being.
      Probably we will need some kind of huge disaster to get the ball rolling. Some people will steadfastly refuse to see what is coming til it kicks them in the teeth.

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