Friday, January 23, 2009

(A) Chance is good

British chemist, inventor, and environmentalist, James Lovelock, whose work on atmospheric CFC's led to a gloabl ban on CFC's granted an interview with the New Scientist. He says, among other things, that "most of the "green" stuff is verging on a gigantic scam. Carbon trading, with its huge government subsidies, is just what finance and industry wanted. It's not going to do a damn thing about climate change, but it'll make a lot of money for a lot of people and postpone the moment of reckoning."

He finds that we may have a chance against climate change, "through the massive burial of charcoal. It would mean farmers turning all their agricultural waste - which contains carbon that the plants have spent the summer sequestering - into non-biodegradable charcoal, and burying it in the soil. Then you can start shifting really hefty quantities of carbon out of the system and pull the CO2 down quite fast."

Lovelock will turn 90 this year and will be a space tourist, a guest of Mr. Branson.

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