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I'd expect that in the US government involvement in technology development and use would start with tax abatements and credits, but it might expand to public-corporate ventures requiring R&D public funding.  And it wouldn't surprise me if the initiative for getting the government involved didn't come from corporations.  For example, to make carbon sequestration practical for forms of coal-derived energy.  

But I'm getting out of my depth here--your experience is much more practical, and so these are ideas and impressions that might pertain.  But simply looking at the dimensions of the problem, and the speed at which solutions might be found and enacted--how to cut greenhouse gases by 90%--would seem to require public funding in the mix.

I'm glad you find the diary helpful.  It seems a little dodgy sometimes to write about something as long ago as six days!

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by Captain Future (captainfuture is at sbcglobal dot net) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 11:18:32 PM EST
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