Take a good hard look at how the government manages the economy, and consider what would happen if the government started messing with the weather directly. James R Fleming, professor of science, technology, and society at Colby College, in Waterville, Maine, considers just that question in an article published in the The Wilson Quarterly:
The inherent unknowability of what would happen if we tried to tinker with the immensely complex planetary climate system is one reason why climate engineering has until recently been spoken of only sotto voce in the scientific community. Many researchers recognize that even the most brilliant scientists have a history of blindness to the wider ramifications of their work. Imagine, for example, that Wood’s scheme to thicken the Arctic icecap did somehow become possible. While most of the world may want to maintain or increase polar sea ice, Russia and some other nations have historically desired an ice-free Arctic ocean, which would liberate shipping and open potentially vast oil and mineral deposits for exploitation. And an engineered Arctic ice sheet would likely produce shorter growing seasons and harsher winters in Alaska, Siberia, Greenland, and elsewhere, and could generate super winter storms in the midlatitudes. Yet Wood calls his brainstorm a plan for “global climate stabilization,” and hopes to create a sort of “planetary thermostat” to regulate the global climate.Via Drudge, ht: The Informed Reader
It's a rather lengthly article, but worth the read. Of note is Professor Fleming's discussion of previous attempts to placate the sun gods.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Posted by Lisa Turner on Thursday, April 26, 2007