Recycling CO2 might be possible in the future

While the question of CO2-emissions becomes increasingly worrying for most members of society, the answer from many government officials sounds dim. As of now, the reduction of pollution with the greenhouse gas is only dealt with through advocacy of lower consumption: we institute daylight saving times, No Car days or ban plastic bags. Whether or not we agree with these measures, they are undoubtedly inconvenient.

Many free-marketeers, while responding to the issue of global warming and questions facing its apparent man-made origin, have been pointing to the unknown factor of innovation. When tackling the difficult task of crossing a canyon, we can decide for the energy-consuming option of climbing down and back up on the other side, or to abandon hope that we can reach the other side all together. The solution we actually want to strive for is that of building a bridge.

This month, American researches have found two efficient ways of effectively recycling CO2-emissions. At a meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), scientists presented their attempts at mimicking photosynthesis, a process well-known in plants, to generate energy. Through the conversion of the CO2 molecule into carbohydrates, scientists could very well be able to commercialise the process of making energy “out of thin air”. William Goddard, a chemist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, says he was impressed with the idea. “To take what’s now considered garbage and convert it, that has real potential.”

There are, however, still problems regarding overvoltage of this energy generation, and leading American scientists have showed themselves sceptical that the product could be commercialised in the near future.

Back in June, Freedom Today had already reported on “Blue Crude”, a petrol produced through recycled carbon-dioxide emissions. Despite the technological difficulties, success stories such as the “Blue Crude” breakthrough encourage researchers to continue on their ongoing quests to make our current pollution actually into something positive. Considering that inventions of this sort are potential millions in profits, companies remain having a vested interest in driving the technological advancements forward.

Could it be that instead of us caring about pollution, pollution is actually caring about us?

This article was first published by Freedom Today.

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About Bill Wirtz

My name is Bill, I'm from Luxembourg and I write about the virtues of a free society. I favour individual and economic freedom and I believe in the capabilities people can develop when they have to take their own responsibilities.

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