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The problem with your reasoning is clearly a conservative outlook on government. Government can do good things that can benefit humanity. If you think corporations have our best interest over greed and profit, you're fooling yourself. The statements you made in your response clearly show your conservative way of thinking.
When you have a corporate monopoly on energy, what incentives or motivations do these companies have to put themselves out of business?
There are several clean new energy sources being researched today which include, solar, wind, hydrogen, kinetic, biomass, hydro, geothermal, magnetic, just to name a few. Technologies have to be developed and enhanced to improve their usefulness. The more time focused on developing new forms of energy the greater the chance for improved technology.
So since we "don't" have the technology to fix our problems today, lets just throw in the towel and say it can't be done.
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It's true that more time spent on research increases the chance of a breakthrough, but why are you trying to get governments, who have a reputation for wasting resources on politician's pet projects, to put in that time? Wouldn't it be better if people put that time in?
Is that what you think I am saying? I am saying it can be done, but not by letting politicians do it. We need engineers, scientists, experimenters, and critical thinkers. We need people willing to do something other than complain about how the most self-serving entities on the planet should be trusted solely with improving the lives of people they obviously care nothing about.
Why government? Because they have the money to support the industries for research and development. You can't remove self-serving and greed out of government just as much as you can't remove it out of the private sector.
I'm well aware that government isn't the best catalyst to lead anything, but what I am saying, is governments around the world need to put their pet projects aside,. They need to stop their political bickering and saber rattling and start focusing on solving some of these problems that will definitely affect mankind in the not so distant future.
Corporations create things only for profit. People can't force the hand of private corporations, but they can force the hand of government.
...and how do you propose getting the world's brightest engineers, scientists, experimenters and critical thinkers together to solve these problems? Who is going to have the billions to finance this venture?
That's why I propose world governments to incorporate this into a research and development project.
Do we need government officials to coordinate it and manage it? Absolutely not! It should be managed and directed by the brightest people in their field of expertise.