At first this article reads like a miracle cure to the impending global warming catastrophe. UGA scientists have found a microorganism which they have engineered to convert atmospheric CO2 into a useable biofuel.
Sounds great right? Take the cause of global warming and turn it into a clean renewable energy source. By the third paragraph I wasn’t so sure this sounded like a good idea. What happens when unscrupulous companies decide to remove too much CO2 and we end up in a ice age?
Here is an example of the lengths companies will go to spuriously profit while fucking over their fellow man.
19 plants receiving the waste gas payments have profited handsomely from an unlikely business: churning out more harmful coolant gas so they can be paid to destroy its waste byproduct. The high output keeps the prices of the coolant gas irresistibly low, discouraging air-conditioning companies from switching to less-damaging alternative gases. That means, critics say, that United Nations subsidies intended to improve the environment are instead creating their own damage.
What about the consequences of unleashing a microorganism normally found deep in the ocean near thermal vents into our atmosphere? When will we learn our lesson about using an invasive species to solve a problem. Taken in one hypothetical direction, our children may end up with a new symbiotic form of asthma which causes them to excrete useable biofuel. It would forever change the diaper industry while relieving us of the need to save for retirement.
The staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane prefers to see the good before the bad. This sounds like fantastic research and it should be rewarded with enough funding to explore it fully. Before it gets into the open though I’d like to see some peer review critique and an effort to make sure we don’t create more problems than we solve.