Friday, November 17, 2006

Polluting Our Way to Stable Climate

Fifteen years ago I watched Highlander 2, the heinous sequel to the entertaining original, that features a future Earth cloaked in an artificially generated ozone "shield" meant to protect humanity from the effects of a shattered ozone layer.

Fast forward to the present day where at the ongoing UN Climate Conference Paul J. Crutzen of Germany's Max Planck Institute for Chemistry is proposing a similar solution to the global warming crisis.

Leveraging the theory of 'global hazing' Crutzen has put forward the idea that we can combat global warming by intentionally releasing massive quantities of airborne pollutants to block out the rays of the sun.

And while Mr. Crutzen admits that he tabled the proposal "to startle the policy makers" and that he is "not enthusiastic about it", it is apparently gaining the attention of all the wrong people including NASA's Ames Research Center who is reportedly hosting a closed-door workshop on the global haze proposal and other "geoengineering" ideas for mitigating climate change.

That such an extreme solution is being considered when established co2 reduction techniques and energy conservation strategies remain shelved disturbingly reveals how committed policy makers and business leaders are to the deluded idea that mankind can control nature through technology.

There's only one possible good that can come from such a proposal. That by stampeding blindly into embracing the money making potential of this "solution", chemical manufacturers totally annihilate big oil's propaganda attempts to convince us that global warming doesn't exist.


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