Originally Posted by Art
No typos. Translation to complete clarity is thwarted by trade secret abeyance - on many levels. I best as allowed explained this method of utilizing atmospheric CO2 as a base product for a global scope new fuel source till my finger tips ached in 2011 through 2012, to numerous TF members. I've not time nor energy to do that again. Vast majority of TF persons who read what I described were too often rudely condescending toward this method and its need for development to assist stopping the ever increasing speed of marching toward climate catastrophe.
Art, I get it. I was just a bit bemused with some of your terms, like..."CO2 as a base product for a global scope
new fuel source." Also..."transformed into fungible, drop-in gasoline, diesel, etc"
It was the those terms that I was mainly confused by.
However, I have no problem accepting the climate change argument, as we are seeing it, and living it, every time we watch the news lately. Records in temps, max and minimum, rainfall of record levels, trouts, massive bushfires, frequent tornados where they were rare before, loss of ice cover, shrinking glaciers...it's all there. I think climate change a better term than global warming, because it is the extreme swings that are causing the harm for now - sea level rises over time will be much slower.
The debate as to whether it is just another natural cycle, or being influenced by human activity and CO2 output is almost specious, because whatever the cause, it is not going to be pretty, as it will change the world as a place to live substantially.
What is not in doubt is that the burning of fossil fuels does release back into the atmosphere, CO2 previously nicely sequestered out of the atmosphere into inert forms like trees, other plants, animals, shellfish, etc, at a time when it was in much higher quantities, and the world was a much hotter, steamier place, and inhospitable to species like us. Now, we are steadily releasing it again.
It therefore appears to me entirely possible that a process that can take that excess CO2, and convert it into a fuel, therefore allowing us to stop burning other sources like coal and oil, could well be win win all round. If that's the process your people are into, well, best of luck with it. It would be huge, really huge...
Coming back on thread, it would also obviate the need to burn alcohol as well.