[ExI] Climate change doesn't matter

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 17:08:57 UTC 2010

On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 5:00 AM,  Max More <max at maxmore.com> wrote:

> I'm spending way too
> much time on a point that really doesn't
> matter...

No kidding.

Climate change should not even be an issue.

Solving the energy problem is the big issue.  If we don't, up to 6 out
of 7 people on the planet will die in famines and the resultant
resource wars.

If we solve the energy problem, which absolutely requires a switch
away from fossil fuels, then it makes no difference how much human
released (or any other) CO2 contributes to global warming.

If we don't, then whatever problems global warming causes will be
submerged in far more serious problems.

CNN reports that Bill Gates ended his remarks at the TED conference with:

"    If he could wish for anything in the world, Gates said he would
not pick the next 50 years' worth of presidents or wish for a miracle

"    He would choose energy that is half as expensive as coal and
doesn't warm the planet."

Though it isn't a very interesting topic here, I have been working on
this for years.  There are multiple engineering approaches, most of
what I have been working on is reducing the cost of SBSP.  There is
another one I now know about and, though I am still going through the
numbers, it too looks like it will fall into the "half as expensive as
coal" class.


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