re: Fischer Tropsch
Here is a link to rather interesting research on synthetic photosynthesis being conducted at the University of Cincinnati in the States, http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl100550k?cookieSet=1&journalCode=nalefd
As to Utopian social issues, has anyone ever actually read Sir Thomas More's "Of the Best State of a Republic, and of the New Island Utopia"? This 16th century tripe that coined the term manages the "wonderful" society by dividing the people into two classes, those who enjoy the benefits of the wonderfulness, and those slaves who provide it for them. So, indeed we may be heading for Utopia if the Greens get their way. The author points out that if the livestock are cut to 20%, then one would have to be a wealthy Lord to afford meat. Well, that would indeed be a Utopian society. The Lords live luxuriously in an ideal World with no carbon-based problems, and that wonderful World is provided to them by the happily sacrificing slaves. Yes, a wonderful world it would be.......for the Lords.