Monday, February 12, 2007

Gore, Branson $25 million virgin Earth Challenge an Awesome Idea poses 3 important Questions...

Gore, Branson $25 million virgin Earth Challenge an Awesome Idea That poses 3 important Questions in light of Bush!
As most know by now, Sir Richard Branson and Al Gore have set up a new global science and technology prize – The Virgin Earth Challenge - which will award $25 million to the individual or group who are able to demonstrate a commercially viable design which will remove at least 1 billion tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide per year for at least ten years without harmful effects. The removal must have long term effects and contribute materially to the stability of the Earth’s climate. It is the largest science and technology prize ever offered.

The Virgin Earth Challenge will initially be open for five years; the judges will meet annually to determine whether a design has been submitted during the previous year that in their view should win the prize and, if so, they may award the prize without waiting for the five year period to elapse. If no winner has been selected at the end of five years, the judges may decide to roll the prize forward for a further five years.
Branson called on governments and members of the international community to join in The Virgin Earth Challenge by matching or adding to the prize available to encourage the greatest number of entrants of those who could come up with a solution which could save our planet. "If the greatest minds in the world today compete, as I’m sure they will, for The Virgin Earth Challenge, I believe that a solution to the C02 problem could hopefully be found – a solution that could save our planet - not only for our children but for all the children yet to come," Branson said.
This is an absolutely phenomenal idea and I do believe it will be done. However remembering a while back where some scientists were advocating pumping tons of pollutants into the air to act as a buffer to the depleting ozone, I have to ask 3 important questions. One: Is it really doable as I believe? Two: If it is doable will it only serve to allow bush type idiots who refuse to admit there is a problem, to pollute even more thereby negating any improvements?
And most importantly! Three: Knowing we seem to be insistent on heading towards WW 3 and worsening the situation exponentially by attacking Iran and involving the entire world. I first want to say that I do believe Iran is guilty of arming Insurgents in Iraq thereby are guilty of killing Americans as we are openly accusing them of.
Senior defense officials in Baghdad said that Iranian-supplied "explosively formed projectiles" were frequently being used against coalition forces.They said the "highest levels" of Iran’s regime were responsible for giving them to Shia militias in Iraq.
These bombs are specially designed to penetrate heavily armored military vehicles and are capable of crippling the US army’s main battle tank, the Abrams M1.They have killed 170 US troops since June 2004, according to the American officials. They added that some weapons have been captured and they bore the hallmarks of having been manufactured in Iran.
* It all boils down to this: like you I do not believe we should be in Iraq to start with so Iran killing Americans is Bush's fault and it was only one of the facts he ignored in order to implement his new order by attacking Iraq. However, that aside is Al Gore's and Richard Branson's laudable efforts all for nought?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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