U.S May Play God With The Weather

Of all the ways a nation might choose to address climate change, geoengineering would be the one the United States opts for, wouldn’t it? Just think of all those wacky “As Seen On TV” inventions… From the Washington Post:

For years it was considered downright wacky in official Washington to discuss geoengineering: altering the climate by reflecting sunlight back into the sky, sucking carbon dioxide from the air – or a host of other gee-whiz schemes. But in the past year the wacky has won a following, spurred in part by the recent collapse of climate legislation as well as by growing interest among private entrepreneurs and foreign officials.

House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), whose panel will jointly release a report on climate engineering with the British House of Commons this month, said the subject is “just now starting to get some attention” even though people recognize the danger in trying to change a complex weather system.

“The more you know about it, the more you’re concerned about if we can ever implement it,” Gordon said in an interview. “However, there may be a point where we’re up against the tipping point, and the consequences of climate change are even worse.”

Over the next few months, whispering about changing the weather will evolve into written recommendations. Several key groups – including the Government Accountability Office and a bipartisan task force of experts – will issue their thoughts on how best to start a modest federal research program on geoengineering…

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17 Comments on "U.S May Play God With The Weather"

    • i’m cloudbustin’, daddy!

    • Thanks. That took me back. I always found that video vaguely disturbing. Maybe it’s the reference to sinister forces suppressing new scientific endeavour…..or maybe it’s just seeing Kate Bush dressed as a young boy.

  1. Disinfo Blocked My Comments | Oct 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm |

    Russia tried it first, in the modern “geoengineering” sense:

    http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2009-12/first-geoengineering-field-trial-carried-out-russia-0

    Additionally, cloud seeding has been somewhat reliable for a century, and psychiatrist-cum-kook Willhelm Reich tried to engineer weather via “cloudbusters” in the 1950s.

  2. i’m cloudbustin’, daddy!

  3. Anonymous | Oct 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm |

    Thanks. That took me back. I always found that video vaguely disturbing. Maybe it’s the reference to sinister forces suppressing new scientific endeavour…..or maybe it’s just seeing Kate Bush dressed as a young boy.

  4. gemmarama | Oct 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm |

    see my link below slow-coach.

    is that the penis?! just can’t stay away, can you? it’s touching i suppose (touching in the sense of “daddy touched me” rather than being emotionally moved).

  5. gemmarama | Oct 4, 2010 at 2:45 pm |

    there is nothing disturbing about donald sutherland. swoon…

  6. Great. Fix one environmental fuck up by fucking up another. This is so typically human.

  7. Great. Fix one environmental fuck up by fucking up another. This is so typically human.

  8. M1231choo | Oct 4, 2010 at 4:40 pm |

    wow good new

  9. M1231choo | Oct 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm |

    wow good new

  10. Haystack | Oct 5, 2010 at 1:47 am |

    Personally, I’m just enjoying the irony of watching Disinfo try to silence someone. *g*

  11. Disinfo Bawleted My Copypastin!

    thats got a better ring to it doesn’t it?

  12. That’s a damn shame son.

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