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I found your web site and discussed your Wedges and the Ideology of your Seven Rules with a couple of friends, who then unfortunately lost interest "too esoteric" :( So I write you and what I have to say is not meant as offense.
Some of us had the impression that your Azimuth Project is from and for the Esoteric, and support that by looking at the background of your members (math with esoteric assertions and outcome which cannot be applied physical in nature, by no means), also pointed to your Forum registration process (sort of, an authoritarian club with membership by (self-)invitation, which in academic circles is the typical replacement for peer-review process and/or avoidance of physical fact-checking).
One question from our debate might be of concern for you and the Azimuth Project: why is carbon dioxin not converted, by paradigm shift and economically, into a scarce commodity?
After all, no one can run around and catch carbon dioxin with his/her fly net, and then sell it, no?
Carbon dioxin is a centerpiece in your Wedges yet virtually associated exclusively with avoidance and burial in the ground or our precious oceans, and this also shaped the Ideology of your Seven Rules.
What is proposed for carbon dioxin, by the Azimuth Project, is on the orthodox/mainstream agenda already, and this has 1 inevitable side effect: less carbon dioxin is equated with more luxury (e.g. luxury hybrid fancy cars, luxury of trading "emission" certificates, luxury of "green" political agenda for re-election, luxury of reforesting only when you buy their beer cans, you name it), many items in your Forum point to this.
As an analogy: before we started with the Internet (before ~1994) it was our hobby outside of universities, nowadays the 'net is a scarce commodity for disseminating every possible and impossible piece of information (see e.g. the dictatorship who cut it off the recent days in Egypt).
Since no one wants to pay for avoidance and burial of carbon dioxin, why not create a market (with a startup and capital ventures) for those who physically need it, need it so much that they want to pay for it, and take it out, for you, of your production chain?
I think this obvious Wedge is missing on every esoteric Save the World agenda, no?
With kind regards,
I'm sorry that you and your friends consider the Azimuth Project "esoteric". However, it's not too surprising: we're trying to get scientists interested in environmental issues, and scientists tend to be interested in different things than "normal people".
There's nothing authoritarian about the Azimuth Project: anyone can join.
Since no one wants to pay for avoidance and burial of carbon dioxide, why not create a market (with a startup and capital ventures) for those who physically need it, need it so much that they want to pay for it, and take it out, for you, of your production chain?
People have thought about this. Unfortunately, the amount of carbon dioxide that people need for various purposes is much, much smaller than the amount we are dumping into the air by burning fossil fuels. Also, people who want carbon dioxide have cheaper ways to make it than by taking it out of smokestacks.