The Elephant In The Room Is Getting Ever Harder To Hide.
While the entire community of academia still pretends not to know about the ongoing reality of global geoengineering, the simple fact that they are now discussing geoengineering in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report indicates that the veil is beginning to lift.
The ongoing global geoengineering programs continue to completely disrupt the entire climate system while at the same time skewing all climate data and modeling. Jet stream manipulation via HAARP , atmospheric particulate spraying, artificially nucleated snow storms, all are “clouding” the true extent of damage to the planet as a whole. Though one expects the “scientific” community to turn two blind eyes to geoengineerings massive effect on the climate, (whether paid to do so or threatened) it is perplexing to see that much of the “anti-geoengineering” movement is doing the exact same thing. Many of the independent news sites and activists who openly acknowledge the reality of global geoengineering, then jump on the “global cooling” band wagon. They do this apparently without ever even considering that the entire climate picture and all climate data has been radically effected by the ongoing geoengineering programs. Beating the “global cooling” drum is exactly what the military industrial complex wants them to do. This gives the power structure exactly the ammunition they need to continue selling geoengineering to global governments and leaders. Even with the all out geoengineering assault on the planet, the climate is still warming rapidly. Any that do real research on this issue will find this is the only conclusion supported by solid data and records. http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/global-cooling-or-global-warming-which-is-it/ The short term cooling effects of geoengineering are at the cost of a far worse overall warming for the long run, not to mention the toxification of the entire planet in the process.
Don’t help the geoengineers sell geoengineering. We must all base our opinions on research and solid data, not ideology.
Why has geoengineering been legitimised by the IPCC?
This morning’s publication of the IPCC’s summary for policymakers tells a familiar and gloomy story of the science of climate change. The big surprise is the decision to mention the controversial idea of geoengineering.
Today marked an important punctuation mark in the story of humanity’s attempts to get to grips with climate change as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its summary for policymakers (pdf here). Climate sceptic journalists and interest groups will be making the most of the tiniest surprises and variations in the climate scientists’ new representation of the state of their art. But the evidence is largely unsurprising. For all the talk of a “hiatus” in warming, the IPCC continues to fly its one major fact: more greenhouse gases means more warming.
The big surprise comes in the final paragraph, with a mention of geoengineering. In the scientific world, a final paragraph is often the place to put caveats and suggestions for further research. In the political world, a final paragraph is a coda, a big finish, the place for a triumphant, standing-ovation-inducing summary. The IPCC tries to straddle both worlds. The addition of the word “geoengineering” to the most important report on climate change for six years counts as a big surprise.
There are many reasons to be worried about geoengineering. The idea is old. Countless inventions have been proposed as a technological fix to climate change, but scientists have only recently taken it seriously. Their previous reticence was largely due to a concern that talking about easy solutions would wobble the consensus on the need for a cut in emissions that had been painstakingly built over decades. Geoengineering was taboo – too seductive, too dangerous and too uncertain. It is now moving towards the mainstream of climate science. As the number of geoengineering studies published shoots up, it is now acceptable to discuss it in polite scientific company.
There is an argument that the taboo has already been broken and that, like sex education, it therefore has to be discussed. Those of us interested in geoengineering were expecting it to appear in one or two of the main reports when they are published in the coming months. To bring it up front is to give it premature legitimacy.
The description of geoengineering provided in the summary document is suitably critical. The report points to troubles with both carbon dioxide removal (CDR) from the atmosphere and solar radiation management (SRM) – reflecting a bit of sunlight back into space. In the case of CDR, the sheer scale of the clean-up makes it grotesquely expensive and difficult, and SRM would likely have unintended, unpredictable and disastrous effects on regional weather, among many other troubles (see this pdf for more). But the paragraph still states that: “Modelling indicates that SRM methods, if realizable, have the potential to substantially offset a global temperature rise.” This science is still very young. Climate science historian James Fleming describes such studies as “geo-scientific speculation”. To include mention of geoengineering, and its supporting “evidence” in a statement of scientific consensus, no matter how layered with caveats, is extraordinary.
If I were one of the imagined policymakers reading this summary, sitting in a country whose politicians were unwilling to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions (ie any country), I would have reached that paragraph and seen a chink of light just large enough to make me forget all the dark data about how screwed up the planet is. And that scares me.