Newest Green Wonder Fuel: Panda Poop
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  • Jim.

    Honestly, the little biological factories that are bacteria are probably one of the more promising areas of scientific research.

    Government should fund that research at a basic level. It should absolutely NOT attempt to brute-force the finances any farther. Private capital should take care of bringing it to scale.

    – Government can fund and send Lewis and Clark; it cannot fund and drive all the original 49’ers across the plains.

    – Government in the post-Civil War era could provide grants of undeveloped land to railroads (though this could be and was abused) but it cannot fully fund and establish an interstate rail system, as some are currently proposing.

    – Government can support electronics miniaturization research, as it did for satellites in embryonic Silicon Valley; it cannot create Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, and the rest.

    – Government can develop DARPAnet; it cannot create the content / applications that make up the Internet.

    Government can fund promising areas of research; it cannot demand that a particular area of research (e.g., “green” energy) bear better fruit than other competitors for political reasons. Nature doesn’t work that way.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    I say why don’t we let the free enterprise system work and develop the cheapest sources of energy. If panda poop has any potential let entrepreneurs pay develop it, and if it doesn’t let them take the losses. No More Energy Subsides

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