Brandon White House Looks To Modify Sunlight To Cool The Earth Or Something

What could possibly go wrong?

Once a dystopian fantasy, manipulating sunlight to cool the earth is now on the White House research agenda

The White House is coordinating a five-year research plan to study ways of modifying the amount of sunlight that reaches the earth to temper the effects of global warming, a process sometimes called solar geoengineering or sunlight reflection.

The research plan will assess climate interventions, including spraying aerosols into the stratosphere to reflect sunlight back into space, and should include goals for research, what’s necessary to analyze the atmosphere, and what impact these kinds of climate interventions may have on the Earth, according to the White House‘s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Congress directed the research plan be produced in its spending plan for 2022, which President Joe Biden signed in March.

Some of the techniques, such as spraying sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, are known to have harmful effects on the environment and human health. But scientists and climate leaders who are concerned humanity will overshoot its emissions targets say research is important to figure out how to balance these risks against a possibly catastrophic rise in the earth’s temperature.

Great idea, screwing with the health of people and the environment to fight a mostly fake issue

There are significant and well-known risks to some of these techniques — sulfur dioxide aerosol injection in particular.

First, spraying sulfur into the atmosphere will “mess with the ozone chemistry in a way that might delay the recovery of the ozone layer,” Parson told CNBC. (snip)

Also, sulfates injected into the atmosphere eventually come down as acid rain, which affects soil, water reservoirs, and local ecosystems.

Thirdly, the sulfur in the atmosphere forms very fine particulates that cause respiratory illness.

Great idea, eh? And it’s only supposed to cost $10 billion a year, surely funneled into all sorts of political connected companies.

Doing research is also important because many onlookers expect that some country, facing an unprecedented climate disaster, will act unilaterally to will try some version of sunlight modification anyway — even if it hasn’t been carefully studied.

Looking forward to creating the next ice age, and all the acid rain.

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11 Responses to “Brandon White House Looks To Modify Sunlight To Cool The Earth Or Something”

  1. Professor hale says:

    Maybe they should hold a planet-wide referendum first to see if everyone on the planet wants to have their temperature lowered and see if they are willing to pay cash to have it done.

  2. Dana says:

    Yeah, putting sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere is a great, great idea. SO2 is a component of Venus’ atmosphere!

  3. Jl says:

    You mean windmills, solar panels and plug-in cars aren’t going to do the job?

  4. Edward Brault says:

    So they are actually admitting that it is the SUN that is the main driver for earth’s climate?
    Well paint me green and call me a pickle!

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Mr Pickle,

      Of course it is. The Sun warms the Earth, thank the gods.

      The current period of global warming results from the imbalance between the Sun’s incoming energy and the outgoing re-irradiated heat. When less heat leaves, the equilibrium temperature of the Earth increases.

      The idea of reducing the amount of the Sun’s incoming energy is thought by most experts to be a bad idea.

      That said, it is worth RESEARCHING to see how bad an idea it is. This doesn’t mean we will adopt the measures.

  5. L'Roy White says:

    SO2 is a component of Venus’ atmosphere!

    Yeah, but is it a component of Serena’s?

  6. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Sounds like a bad idea, Joe.

  7. captainfish says:

    Looks like we will be living in caves and underground caverns after all.

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