Geoengineering: The Cold War On Global Warming

From an article in the Federalist.

Milton Friedman famously noted that if you put the government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand. Geoengineering would give the government control over the planet’s thermostat.

Possibly one of the scariest articles I have read recently. Ideas about Geo-engineering have been floating around for a while now and I had always dismissed them as vaguely ridiculous because they would be insanely dangerous. In my view the law of unintended consequences is not one to test out in our global laboratory when we can’t even agree whether the earth is warming or not.

In the past I would have ignored fanciful discussions about deliberately adjusting the global temperature by spraying aerosols into the upper atmosphere. But now…given the way scientific research in climate change has become thoroughly corrupt, I am not so sure.

As the author says:

That’s a lot of chances to screw things up royally.

A bit of an understatement if ever there was one. Given what we we would be screwing up is the planet we live on – that ought to make even the most zealous climate alarmist pause for thought.

But then again, perhaps not.


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