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  •  The "expensive to do this" is... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...marketing from our dear "friends" the Carbon Merchants and their cousins the Financial Wizards. They develop and emphasize the narrowly framed cost calculations, and more importantly, they end up being the "judges" (through their influences and decisions in the Public issued debt markets) of what is "economically viable", "cost effective", "budget busting" etc.

    I'm not disputing that it is expensive and complicated, but let's bear in mind who is framing those conclusions. I often bring up the Germans and their commitment to expanding PV solar. They KNOW that they are paying a "market premium" for electricity in the near term in that investment. But they decided that "premium" is worth the upfront costs and whole range of benefits beyond the next handful of reporting quarters.

    And that expense is mostly in the form of jobs that currently don't exist. It takes human hands and judgement to separate any waste stream, and even Moore's Law probably won't measurably reduce the degree of labor intensity in that process in our lifetimes.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 06:08:54 AM PDT

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