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Google and Tor.

On numerous occasions when using Google with Tor (yes, I know there are other options like Scroogle) it claims I might be sending automated queries and gives me a CAPTCHA.  Sometimes this allows me to search; other times I am caught in a loop and am constantly send back to the CAPTCHA screen. 

I am wondering why Google does not deal with this.  I can understand that if dozens of people are using the same IP then some sites think "zombies" are being used.  But if the IP is a Tor node then this is not the case.  Google could surely exclude these Tor IPs.

So my question is: why don't they?  What are the politics behind their decision not to acknowledge Tor exit nodes as bona fide?