Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Glenn Reynolds - Green and Smart

Glenn Reynolds in the NY Post makes the argument for concentrating on the development of new technology rather than on the limitation of hydrocarbon emissions.

But what if we could reduce greenhouse gases without impoverishing the world? That would be worth doing anyway, because along with those greenhouse gases come all sorts of other nasty substances we're better off without.

And, he makes the green argument for more research and development in nanotechnology.

Nanotech offers dramatic improvements on the side of energy consumption, too: As computing and other devices become smaller, they become more efficient - and nanotech will allow drastic improvements in both size and efficiency.
Nanotech is starting to yield super-strong, super-light materials, too. Imagine how much more efficient a family car could be if you cut the weight in half, even if you kept burning gas. But nanotech is also likely to produce better batteries and better motors, meaning that your lighter car may also be electric, powered ultimately by those nanodot solar panels.
All of these things are in the works now to greater and lesser degrees, but they could happen faster if there were more research and development support.

A Friend of mine has written on the need to create a 21st Century Manhattan Project to develop cleaner and cheaper energy sources that will stop our dependence on imported oil. Yeah, it can't happen too fast.
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