Obama Considers Climate Engineering

As the Hot Air headline says, what could possibly go wrong?

The president’s new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth’s air.

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.”

Um, why do I get this visual of young boys, frogs, and firecrackers? Or, for you Southerners, what happens immediately following the phrase “hey, y’all, watch this”?

Of course, to use the AGW Believers phrase, “why should we listen to Holdren? He doesn’t have a degree in climatology.”

Ace: On the other hand, Ice Ages can be triggered by the right set of conditions. And we don’t know what those conditions are.

Allahpundit: Enter the Messiah, master of the heavens and earth, and his magic pollution-particle ray.

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4 Responses to “Obama Considers Climate Engineering”

  1. manbearpig says:

    This presents an interesting topic that NO ONE ever wants to address. Aside from whether or not man is responsible for the recent warming trends we have seen in past years, what is the “perfect” temperature that the earth should be at? Is the temperature that we have right now good? What year did we have “the perfect temperature”? 1983? 1961?

    And how about this…. if Barry thinks he can engineer the climate to cool it down, what happens if he “over-corrects” it? Or if Barry’s team of scientists (why do I picture Simon Bar Sinister & Cad in a lab somewhere working on this?) end up blocking rays of the sun, how will that affect the left’s plans to power the world with solar energy?

  2. John Ryan says:

    MBP most life on Earth would probably vote for the temps to which they had all become comfortable at. We do not want it to change.

  3. manbearpig says:

    Looking back at the temperature graphs that are available all over the internet, what temperature would you choose as “the perfect temperature”? If the avg. world temperature in 1850 was, for the sake of arguments and because I don’t want to go pull the actual number, 50°F, is that what we should be shooting for? Why that year? Why not shoot for the average global temperature from 1901? Why not 1945?

    If as the global warming camp claims, man is responsible for the warming trends we are seeing, what are we using as the standard, perfect temperature? Give me a number to shoot for.

    Personally, I’d love to never have my local temp dip below 60°F. To me, the perfect range would be 60°-80°F. So as far as I am concerned, I’m fine with the temp going up a bit.

    Also, do you find it ironic that to cure man’s pollution of the atmosphere, Mr. Holdren would propose that we pollute the atmosphere?

  4. Unfortunately, John, life is change. The average temps change. It always happens. There have been times when it has been much hotter, and ones where it has been much colder. Consider that the Vikings became farmers in a place they called Greenland during the Global Climate Optimum.

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