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  •  I think that's what the 25% (3+ / 0-)
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    for clean energy research will do--provide a giant boost to tech change. 25% will be a metric ass-ton of money.

    >Cap-and-whatever won't work.

    Why not? It worked okay with sulfur emissions (not perfectly, but this proposal seems to be better designed).

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    by Manfromporlock on Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 04:05:39 PM PST

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    •  I don't agree with funding research (1+ / 0-)
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      That gets you into political bullshit and the health of universities rather than the real goal.  I'd rather put that money into prizes for specific accomplishments, and let capital and expertise organize itself to compete for the money.

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      by Rich in PA on Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 04:10:08 PM PST

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      •  That's an interesting Idea (0+ / 0-)

        but I don't think I would support relying so heavily on private industry. Plus, so many great scientific achievements occur as mistakes, how will we know what to make the prizes for?

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        by ThePedro on Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 04:14:55 PM PST

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      •  There's definitely a place for that (1+ / 0-)
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        But there's also a place for regular old funding of research. Yes, a lot of the money is wasted. But a lot isn't.

        And not every advance is cut-and-dried enough to give prizes for. Like, today, many previously deadly forms of cancer are largely curable, but not because any one person found the cure for them--it's been a long process of small improvements in detection and treatment.

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        by Manfromporlock on Thu Feb 04, 2010 at 04:24:49 PM PST

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