Reducing Pollution Won't Work

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Campaign: Improving Air Quality

There is no chance we can reduce global point source pollution (like cars) enough to matter at this point. (Will we invade China or Brazil to force them to drive alternate days or to stop burning rain forest?)

We should continue changing the dynamic of technology, sure. But we must push a "New Era", possibly with a "Moonshot" political impetus, regarding big picture mitigation:

In America we clean nearly every drop of water we use twice.

We can use that example as a rational path to normalize air quality treatment systems and methods (as a utility operation). Especially if the demonstration pioneering is in China or other horrifically bad areas.

Sure the big fans or alage ponds or whatever we come up with will seem wierd for a few days, and the Righties wil cry foul. But all it has to do is work - to clean Salt Lake or Phx or L.A. (or Bejing) and no one will ever complain again.

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    graceadams830

    Global Thermostat has what looks like a big stack of washable furnace filters in a plastic housing with a built in washer and dryer, that traps CO2 from ambient air then releases the CO2 into water in the wash cycle. They predict that the cost will come down to $25/ton of CO2 captured when they get enough demand to achieve economies of scale. For now, Algae System under contract to US Navy is developing bio-diesel from algae that will be carbon-negative (bio-char soil amendment and carbon store is a byproduct) and they hope to get cost-competitive with petroleum diesel in the next six to ten years, most likely in 2020. CO2 is not the only component of air pollution. But it is important.

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