They’re spinning this as a Hail Mary option in case they can’t regulate global warming away, but it’s really not because they can’t. Developing countries will go on developing no matter how much the British and the American left wring their hands about emissions, in which case if it’s true that industry’s turning the planet into a baked potato, we’ll have to take drastic action to stop it. Enter the Messiah, master of the heavens and earth, and his magic pollution-particle ray. Like Krauthammer says, his ultimate agenda isn’t to warranty your car, it’s to warranty your life. All this is, really, is weatherproofing.
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.”
I’m looking forward to the inevitable “we need to act now”/”no, we can contain the problem” debate over whether we really have reached a tipping point. It’ll be the Iraq WMD argument all over again, replete with unreliable information, except on a global scale and with even more unintended consequences in the mix. Exit question via Ace: Who’s up for a new Ice Age?