CIA Backs $630,000 Scientific Study on Controlling Global Climate

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From reflective metal particles in the clouds, to HAARP, to dumping 100 tonnes of iron into the pacific ocean. Now the CIA wants in on the action, or are they just trying to protect us?

via Mother Jones

The Central Intelligence Agency is funding a scientific study that will investigate whether humans could use geoengineering to alter Earth’s environment and stop climate change. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will run the 21-month project, which is the first NAS geoengineering study financially supported by an intelligence agency. With the spooks’ money, scientists will study how humans might influence weather patterns, assess the potential dangers of messing with the climate, and investigate possible national security implications of geoengineering attempts.

The total cost of the project is $630,000, which NAS is splitting with the CIA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA. The NAS website says that “the US intelligence community” is funding the project, and William Kearney, a spokesman for NAS, told Mother Jones that phrase refers to the CIA. Edward Price, a spokesman for the CIA, refused to confirm the agency’s role in the study, but said, “It’s natural that on a subject like climate change the Agency would work with scientists to better understand the phenomenon and its implications on national security.” The CIA reportedly closed its research center on climate change and national security last year, after GOP members of Congress argued that the CIA shouldn’t be looking at climate change.

The goal of the CIA-backed NAS study is to conduct a “technical evaluation of a limited number of proposed geoengineering techniques,” according to the NAS website. Scientists will attempt to determine which geoengineering techniques are feasible and try to evaluate the impacts and risks of each (including “national security concerns”). One proposed geoengineering method the study will look at is solar radiation management—a fancy term for pumping particles into the stratosphere to reflect incoming sunlight away from the planet. In theory, solar radiation management could lead to a global cooling trend that might reverse, or at least slow down, global warming. The study will also investigate proposals for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The National Academies has held two previous workshops on geoengineering, but neither was funded by the intelligence community, says Edward Dunlea, the study director for the latest project. The CIA would not say why it had decided to fund the project at this time, but the US government’s apparent interest in altering the climate isn’t new. The first big use of weather modification as a military tactic came during the Vietnam War, when the Air Force engaged in a cloud seeding program to try to create rainfall and turn the Ho Chi Minh Trail into muck, and thereby gain tactical advantage. Between 1962 and 1983, other would-be weather engineers tried to change the behavior of hurricanes using silver iodide. That effort, dubbed Project Stormfury, was spearheaded by the Navy and the Commerce Department. China’s “Weather Modification Office” also controversially seeded clouds in advance of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, hoping to ensure rain would fall in the Beijing suburbs instead of over the Olympic stadiums.

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  • Daniel Gill

    I support this. We need to tend and restore Earth’s biosphere. for the sake of continuing life on earth.

    • Reasor

      It’s not as if the Libertarians’ false god, The Free Market, is going to get off its ass and do anything.

      • kowalityjesus

        The problem is that the “winners” in the globalized world should ostensibly be noble enough to use their immense resources to do something unprofitable like buy vast tracts of solar energy arrays or start a program where you can get a solar cell on your roof for next to nothing or make droves of metal stoves to increase cooking efficiency in developing world, or make a recycling facility that loses money. Unfortunately, people get stuck in the profit mindset, or are spooked into shutting up when they get an idea that heretical.

    • echar

      This may be a move in the correct direction. It has been said that a choice is better than none.

  • Eric_D_Read

    $600k? I would have figured they’d have poured billions into it by now.

    • kowalityjesus

      it really shows how addicted these people are to their wealth. If only they could see, love is for free.

      • Calypso_1

        Love is free? Hardly.

    • Saint Eli

      agreed…that figure jumped out at me.. It’s almost a joke.
      That’s like one fancy lamborghini for a Wall Street Banker

  • Cortacespedes

    Good idea. Cause the CIA has been so successful at controlling everything else. Wonder what climate blowback is going to look like.

    • Daniel Gill

      The climate is easy to deal with.
      It’s not rocket science

      • Cortacespedes

        That’s what the CIA said about Fidel Castro. “He’s just a man with a beard and a really good cigar.” They said.

  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    I sleep so much better at night knowing that the CIA is there to protect us. Thank goodness for the unblemished purity of their benevolence.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Because of sweet sweet irony, I like this. If the tech is needed and is developed in time to safely and responsibly manage climate shifts…we all win, and the double bonus would be watching people who lovingly support such experimentation normally…spontaneously rupture while shifting gears to stern disapproval because its being funded by spooks.

    • marshall

      Whom are we, as a species, to manage climate shifts? It is our duty to
      adapt, not to change the course of this interglacial period. Nothing
      lasts forever, including this nice weather we will be having for the
      next thousand years or so.

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        Technically we’re the dominant species, currently a primate with oppose-able thumbs that uses tools to alter its environment for our gain. Such a move would be an extension of several hundred thousand years of the same conduct.

        • marshall

          That certainly doesn’t make it right.

  • ManwithnoCountry

    Is it just me or is the generation growing up now irresponsible as anything? I hope it’s just me, I’m scared of what may happen with all this technology and irresponsible people.

    • Cocomaan

      Seems to me that the Boomers and X’ers are far more irresponsible. They essentially burned and consumed the success of the Great Generation, and then blame it on the Millennials.

      • Codgitator

        Generation labels are for marketing titillation and only serve corporations who study how to broadly target and take your money far into the future. People using them to seriously divide and blame generations for what was and is inevitable due to; the rise of war booms, scientific advancements, the roots of entitlements, the indoctrination of consumerism, etc, etc. etc. all coupled with human nature, is a lazy argument I hear out of television talking heads doing the ‘rile for ratings’ dance.

        • Cocomaan

          Gonna need a citation on how market tittlers are responsible for creating the idea of ‘generations’.

          • Codgitator

            If you’re going to pull the ol’ ‘citation needed’ card it’s kind of
            important that you get the what the other person is saying correct.

            Since I didn’t say, “marketing tittlers are responsible for creating the idea of ‘generations’ “, I don’t think I need a citation. I don’t even think I eluded to that as a fact.

            It was my observation that these days marketers are overwhelmingly the main people that talk in Generation Labels… always with the intent to let those people know “the corporation ‘gets them’ and they should buy more crap. Additionally, I’ve noticed that those that use Generation Labels in as divisive terms are talking heads using broad generic stereotypes to incite emotions (usually bad) to their rating advantages.

            I believe the Greatest Generation label was coined in a historical context by Brokaw. On a whole it describes how people born in a 45 year span could be generalized as seeing themselves and the world through the times they lived through. As such the idea is that the framework broadly shapes the whole.

            So using these Generation Labels to pit one generation against another is like blaming them for being born into the framework of present society they grew up in.

            That’s kind of like blaming a Atari game for not having as good of graphics as an X-box game. Or maybe blaming the X-box game for having a CD instead of a cartridge.

    • Calypso_1

      Take off the nostalgia goggles.

  • rtb61

    What is going on here is simply funding mismanagement. Due to NSA garnered, CIA implemented, political influence, the CIA has a considerable excess of funding which it seeks to invest in other organisation for establish, hooks, ties and long term influence.
    This beyond the funds that the CIA blatantly throws away to it’s various corporate contractors as profit stuffing scams based upon threats “THE CIA HAS CREATED” both imaginary and real.

    • echar

      According to what I read, the CIA is low on funds due to the NSA. However, who knows if that’s true?

      • rtb61

        The CIA currently runs a lot of off balance sheet companies, some of which generate quite large profits, especially when given an industrial espionage advantage. One of the more interesting ones is based in the US Virgin Islands, that one’s out of the MK Ultra era and hides as an investment and research establishment.

  • Cocomaan

    Geoengineering is coming, so we need to deal with the ramifications now, before the CIA starts doing it without our knowledge.

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