Hey, Know What Would Be A Great Idea To Stop AGW? Sulphuric Acid!

The road to hell idiocy is paved with burning intentions

It’s so obvious, it’s a wonder nobody thought of it before: releasing vast quantities of sulphuric acid into the atmosphere to save – yes, save – the planet.

An alternative, says University of Calgary climate scientist Dr David Keith, is to use levitating nano-sized disks instead.

Geoengineers investigating ways of cutting global warming have tended to focus on injecting sulphur dioxide into the upper atmosphere. This imitates the way volcanoes create sulphuric acid aerosols, or sulphates, that could reflect solar radiation back into space.

Releasing sulphuric acid, or another condensable vapour, from aircraft would give better control of particle size, says Keith. This would allow more solar radiation to be reflected back into space, while using fewer particles overall and reducing unwanted heating in the lower stratosphere, he says.

Down here in the South, ideas like this are usual followed up by “hey, y’all: watch this!” Darwin Awards are the next step.

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2 Responses to “Hey, Know What Would Be A Great Idea To Stop AGW? Sulphuric Acid!”

  1. Larry Sheldon says:

    That would be easy to do. Just pull the bazillion-dollar scrubbers out of the pipes at the coal plants. They were installed to stop “acid rain” as I recall.

    Maybe install a few more coal plants too.

  2. captainfish says:

    Larry, you are very right.

    Ideas like this are usually followed up with, movies about how the ocean is now acidified. Wait, isn’t that what they are wanting to prevent? And yet are thinking of doing the very same?

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