Global warming solved: just build 4 Giza-sized carbon pyramids every day for the next 90 years

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/08/27/global-warming-solved-just-bu.html

It’s not going to be cheap, but hey—carbon sequestration efforts don’t grow on trees.

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Hey, the upside is we’ll be able to store SO MUCH grain!

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Instead of pyramids, can they be affordable housing?

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Strange how much easier it is to imagine cranking out carbon bricks with our machinery than it is to imagine turning that machinery OFF.

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And imagine how sharp it will keep your razor blades

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Welp, we’re definitely going to need the aliens’ help for that…

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Sure, 138,429.75 carbon pyramids, but who are we going to enslave to build them?

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from many years ago

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Does that include the carbon cost of running the carbon-pyramid creating machines? Or do we need a set of smaller machines creating smaller carbon pyramids to offset the cost, and then even smaller machines to offset their costs. It’s Pyramids all the way down.

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Great Pyramid tombs unearth ‘proof’ workers were not slaves

So, Gig workers, then?

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Sure, if you amalgamate the entire world’s efforts into a single number, it’s a lot. But globally, we produce enough plastic each year to make… [looks up the numbers]… 150 Giza pyramids? Uh, ok, that’s a fuck-ton of carbon. We should probably stop producing so much.

Yeah, although to be fair, if we turn the machines off, we still need to sequester some Giza-pyramids worth of carbon on a regular basis to get things under control. Just not nearly so many.

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Yes, exactly. Its a pyramid scheme

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Robots for construction – but the big problem is, where do we put them? I envisage a cosmic Tetris scenario with los pyramidos falling from the sky in stacks in Algeria. Fence-in the lower levels, let the pressure mount, and we get solid diamond for building fusion reactors.

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Could we use the pyramids as tombs, the original purpose? Maybe bury a notable victim of the Trump Plague in each of them?

How flammable would those pyramids be?

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“ these pyramids would do nothing.”

Grain silos.

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Nope, it says “enough carbon to fill 138,462 pyramids”, so we’re not storing anything besides the carbon

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the analogy is just to imagine the scale. actually building pyramids would waste a lot of space. using the bricks or whatever to form e.g. costal bulwarks against the rising oceans is something that would actually get funded.

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I’ve read a couple of articles that link the religious devotion of the workers as the likely driving force. In some ways their religion was egalitarian - various methods of communicating with the gods and speaking holes at the back of temples etc… - allowed everyone to have a fairly personal stake in it. It’s cool. It’s somewhat less cool that this devotion was exploited to get average Joe to build monuments for a few guys.

For a really cool example of a collectively built monument it’s worth checking out Poverty Point.