Obama administration considers “climate engineering”

Posted on April 8, 2009


It sounds like something out of science fiction, but President Obama’s science advisor John Holdren today raised the idea of artificially engineering Earth’s climate to combat global warming. One way of doing this, he says, is shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays via an artificial volcano. He’s raised the issue, which he frames as a last-ditch effort only, in administration meetings on the subject of climate change.

The scheme reads like something out of an old Buck Rogers serial, but most assuredly it’s not a joke.The notion that humans have the ability to radically and intentionally the atmosphere is to confer upon the human race God-like powers which it doesn’t warrant, and to assume that, if we could, we would “geoengineer” the planet with any degree of wisdom or foresight is a stretch of the imagination. And even though there is nothing approaching scientific consensus on climate change, I won’t debate here the far from proven claims of global warming alarmists. It is my own belief that the issue is being trumpeted and over-hyped as yet another means of forcing government control over society in the name of being green-friendly. In any case, “geoengineering” sounds to me like another harebrained pie in the sky plan that ought to quickly find its place in the trash bin of ideas.

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