Sierra_Dad - 8:29 pm on Dec 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
They ask because asking for money is always worth a try, no matter how absurd their justification might be. There are always people who don't understand the technology who might be convinced to argue for legislation in their favour.
Yes, that's the strategy. You can try to make money by providing value that other people will pay for, or you can try to get the law changed in your favor so that money flows your way.
It's also the strategy of those hoping to get rich running a carbon credit exchange.