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Obama administration considering spending billions on geoengineering

Geoengineering Scam 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. Geoengineering or planetary engineering would involve the deliberate modification of Earth’s environment on a large scale "to suit human needs and promote habitability." Here are some of the leading methods of Geoengineering being discussed…

Artificial Trees
Theory: Another geoengineering option he mentioned by the president’s new science adviser was the use of so-called artificial trees to suck carbon dioxide—the chief human-caused greenhouse gas—out of the air and store it. At first that seemed prohibitively expensive, but a re-examination of the approach shows it might be less costly, he said.

Failure: Actual trees are less expensive both economically and environmentally to produce.

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Cloud Reflectivity Enhancement
Theory: Modern versions of the Rotor ship Buckau could spray seawater into the air to create clouds, shielding the earth from the sun. By creating cloud condensation nuclei, geoengineers can change the albedo of clouds to make them appear whiter.

Failure: The process of building a small navy of unmanned saltwater spraying ships would be prohibitively expensive, although with massive cuts to the US Navy pending there could soon be 13 unemployed aircraft carriers.

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Cool Roof

Theory: Another form or solar radiation management using pale-coloured roofing and paving materials. In the world of industrial and commercial buildings, a roofing system that can deliver high solar reflectance (the ability to reflect the visible, infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths of the sun, reducing heat transfer to the building) and high thermal emittance (the ability to release a large percentage of absorbed, or non-reflected solar energy) is a cool roof.

Failure: Most of the planet’s factories are in third world countries that don’t bother to pump their waste into anywhere but the local rivers let alone go paint all of their buildings with fancy paint. Although we are regulating everything else so why not ban dark colored paint?

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Stratospheric Sulfur Aerosols / Artificial Volcanoes

Theory: Thomas Wigley, an expert on climate change based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., has created computer simulations that replicate the 1991 "Mount Pinatubo effect"—a temporary cooling period created by the launch of 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere. The injection could be accomplished by artillery, aircraft and balloons. The compound would react to form a cloud of sulfuric acid droplets that would in turn reflect sunlight and cool the globe.

Failure: Anyone remember our planet’s history? Massive clouds of volcanic waste helped wipe out the dinosaurs, and at least they weren’t dumb enough to do it themselves.

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Iron Fertilization

Theory: Iron fertilization is the intentional introduction of iron to the upper ocean to stimulate a phytoplankton bloom. This is intended to enhance biological productivity, which can benefit the marine food chain and sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Failure: Iron is a potentially toxic heavy metal. In excess, it can cause cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses. Our oceans have enough heavy metals and waste without us pumping more of them and possibly killing off sea life as we know it.

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Arctic Geoengineering

Theory: It has been proposed to actively enhance the polar ice cap by spraying or pumping water onto the top of it which would build thicker sea ice. As ice is an insulator, water on the surface of the ice tends to freeze more quickly than that below. River water could be used for this purpose, as salt water tends to resist freezing, and may end up perforating the resulting ice sheet.

Failure: Building, delivering and maintaining the equipment necessary to deliver the large amounts of water in the volumes needed under those conditions would be nearly impossible.

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Creating Biochar and Burying It
Theory: Creating biochar (anaerobic charcoal) and burying it to create terra preta Terra preta (“dark earth” in Portuguese) refers to expanses of very dark, fertile anthropogenic soils found in the Amazon Basin. It owes its name to its very high charcoal content. If biochar becomes widely used for soil improvement, it will involve globally significant amounts of carbon sequestration, remediating global warming.

Failure: The world is too busy tearing up natural areas and converting them to strip malls to find the time or empty space to start burying manmade charcoal.

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Biomass Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage

Theory: Essentially composting on a massive scale. Biomass, as a renewable energy source, refers to living and recently dead biological material that can be used as fuel or for industrial production.

Failure: Our cars, trucks and factories simply cannot run on manure, let alone could we create enough waste even with Washington’s help.

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Particle Sea Reflection
Theory: One early considered method was spreading very small reflective particles” over about five million square miles of ocean, so as to bounce about 1 percent more sunlight back to space.

Failure: Particle Sea Reflection has been ruled out as “a wacky geoengineering solution". Unfortunately this would inevitably pollute the oceans, and the particles would probably wash up on beaches fairly quickly.

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Orbital Solar Reflectors

Theory: Rockets would launch massive sun-blocking mirrors erected in deep space, reflecting the solar heat before it enters the atmosphere.

Failure: Undoubtedly the pollution caused by the rockets delivering the mirrors and their production would probably outweigh any benefit.

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Geoengineering at work

Several billions and perhaps trillions of your tax dollars at work, possibly saving and possibly doing more harm than good. Worst case we save the money on Geoengineering at focus on the positive effects of global warming.

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Posted By: Jerome Aronson

News Category: Environmental, Political, Science


3 Responses to “Obama administration considering spending billions on geoengineering”

  1. Geo-Engineering sounds very innovative and can definitely lead to some amount of decrease in the alarming levels of carbon dioxide. President Obama has been entrusted with a difficult task. Hoping he pulls out a win in this one.
    Our earth has already been condemned to global warming. We should all try to save what we can.

    Switching to green architecture is another move the government can initiate. This could include steel or metal buildings in Urban centers, etc.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this very informative blog.

    Kirk J. Steel

    Steel Buildings on 09 Apr 2009 at 6:45 am
  2. Geoengineering is death. Plain and simple. Government’s think we are going to stand by and let this happen. Please do your research on these aerosals they want to spray us with. They contain Aluminum and Barium. Do your research as to what these metals do to the human body.

    Dove on 13 May 2010 at 5:57 pm
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