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Climate Engineering - Don't Even Think About It

Please note that the following article uses the words "radical, extreme, and "last resort" in the first two paragraphs...

Obama looks at climate engineering

While we are at it. Obama's view of the world might need a makeover...

Few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than combating climate change. The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear.

Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking. We’ve seen record drought, spreading famine, and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season.

On one level I wish this were true, most of us hate uncertainty and uniting in action against common problems is something that brings people together. Sadly, there is little data to support Obama's assertions. The physical world is finite and responds to a complex array of forces that drive cycles and physical systems that are still poorly understood.  It won't budge when challenged by the unconstrained dark forces of finance or politics.

You don't have to be a scientific genius to challenge Obama's view of climate, Bjorn Lomborg and the CATO Institute have provided some logical and objective counter arguments.

While not a new concept, the use of dust particles to cool the earth is a concept that was developed early in the Earth's history by Mother Nature. Geoengineering on a global scale reminds me of letting a 10 year old child take control of a Boeing 747 mid-mid flight. They know enough to grab the joystick but not enough to land the plane safely.

When you don't know what you don't know there is a high probability of catastrophic failure.

Given that we don't know all of the consequences of our recent energy consuming joyride, it might be prudent to reduce our footprint. I just wish that people would stop making up stories about climate and focus on creating sources of abundant, cheap, energy.