Republic Of The Savior

For an old-school environmentalist, this would be cause for cheer: much better to emit water vapor than carbon monoxide or some other pollutant. Whether climate change/global warming activists will warm to it is another question. Water vapor is, after all, a greenhouse gas. In the past, climate activists have acknowledged that, but focused on man-made emissions instead. For example, consider this excerpt from a Los Angeles Times article on the subject ("Greenhouse Gases, Water Vapor, And You"): 

“Water vapor is the most important greenhouse gas and natural levels of [carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide] are also crucial to creating a habitable planet,” writes John Reilly, professor at MIT and co-director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Center for Environmental Policy Research, in an email.


Reilly warns, however, that scientists don’t blame water vapor or clouds for global warming.

“Concerns about global warming are about how human beings are altering the radiative balance,” says Reilly. 

Will climate activists continue to ignore water vapor, or will they turn against it being pumped into the atmosphere to manufacture invisible internet money? Time will tell. 

Risk Of El Salvador As A Poster Boy For Bitcoin

Before Bitcoin maximalists imagine the rest of the world following El Salvador's example, they ought to acknowledge that El Salvador has a dollarized economy now. Without its own currency, it has nothing to lose by accepting Bitcoin; in contrast countries with their own currencies would be giving up the seigniorage that comes with it. The other thing they ought to acknowledge is that, for better or worse, El Salvador is now the poster boy for Bitcoin, and the lofty claims made about it. For a small taste of those claims, see this essay by James Poulos, or the pinned tweet by Michael Saylor below. 

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William K. 1 month ago Member's comment

Quite an interesting article, Thanks!

One unmentioned fact is that water vapor has a tendency to suddenly condense into water droplets. This can be an inconvenience but seldom a disaster. It does remove the heat trapping properties, though. In addition, the condensed water vapor has a very large number of uses. Perhaps some can benefit from it.