Thursday, April 09, 2009

I have a cool idea - Let's shoot pollution into the upper atmosphere

The junior scientist with the hair-brained idea is 0bama's chief scientist John Holdren. This science advisor must have Albert Gore, Jr. as his science advisor. They know a lot of data shows Earth is cooling now. This has been done successfully before. HIstory has evidence for him. In 1992 Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines put enough material in the upper atmosphere to reduce energy from the Sun by 2% and its chemicals destroyed 4% of the ozone layer. Sunsets were redder (more red) for about a year! From Ron Huerco via So shooting pollution up there will cool the earth. What could go possibly wrong? What responsible person could be against introducing pollution into the upper atmosphere? AP Newsbreak: Obama looks at climate engineering:
WASHINGTON – The president's new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth's air. John Holdren told The Associated Press in his first interview since being confirmed last month that the idea of geoengineering the climate is being discussed. One such extreme option includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun's rays. Holdren said such an experimental measure would only be used as a last resort. "It's got to be looked at," he said. "We don't have the luxury of taking any approach off the table." Holdren outlined several "tipping points" involving global warming that could be fast approaching. Once such milestones are reached, such as complete loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic, it increases chances of "really intolerable consequences," he said. Twice in a half-hour interview, Holdren compared global warming to being "in a car with bad brakes driving toward a cliff in the fog."
Update: And while distinguished Science Advisor Holdren is at it he can end all our expensive efforts to clean up the atmosphere. CFCs were banned for this purpose at great expense in 1997. See Science Daily. Update: James Taranto at Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web brings out some TV history:
Life Imitates 'The Simpsons' Smithers: "Well, sir, you've certainly vanquished all your enemies: the elementary school, the local tavern, the old age home. You must be very proud." Burns: "No, not while my greatest nemesis still provides our customers with free light, heat and energy. I call this enemy the sun. Since the beginning of time man has yearned to destroy the sun. I will do the next best thing--block it out!"--dialogue from "Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part One," aired May 21, 1995 "Obama May Block Sun's Rays to End Global Warming"--headline,, April 8, 2009

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