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October 25, 2008


Marjorie Madfis

I heard Tom Friedman speak at the 92nd St Y a few weeks ago. He made a great case for ET and it seems that technology companies should take this up as the new "go to the moon" mission. I bought the book and just started reading it. Very convincing.

Here's IBM's start at presenting some solutions: http://www.ibm.com/itsolutions/energy-efficiency

Brook Reams

Interesting update ... but I'm curious about something. I understand that coal/oil/gas deposits are the result the decomposition of large quantities of bio-mass over very long periods of time. So, how many years of accumulated biomass is our annual consumption of coal/oil/gas? 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000 years?

So, can we grow 1000 years of biomass in one year and how many acres does that require?

How stable/dependable is this new biomass production assuming large changes in climate with the corresponding shifts in rain/snowfall?

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