An Interesting Idea
Enviromentalists have a fierce method in pushing their agenda. Without considering the ramifications of their demands, they push ideas that are impossible without sending the entire planet back to the Iron Age. However, if this idea can get wide acceptance, a lot of this pressure may be alleviated.
Using a particular strain of algae, pollution and greenhouse gases can be reduced from smokestacks. While most processes to reduce emissions can be expensive and difficult to implement, this idea may be far cheaper (even considering the one-time cost of altering smokestacks), making it a feasible option for many companies and even opening up business for those who are quick enough to jump on this opportunity. With reductions that are greater than those required by Kyoto and keeping levels far below those regulated by the government, yet costing far less than the procedures currently being used, it is hard to imagine anyone complaining about this idea; if anything, many executives will likely embrace it. What more, the algae itself could be cultivated for fuel.
I must say that I am impressed. An environmentalist with an idea, rather than an attack. Hopefully, this is the kind of thing that will get Al Gore to shut up.
UPDATE 1/18 9:30 AM: Jerry Fuhrman has an excellent analysis of the true quagmire, the Kyoto Protocol. It becomes very obvious that business may succeed where government has grossly failed.