Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Geo-Engineering and Breathing Space
It is quite interesting to me that a number of Reagan Administration officials have been calling for steps to "ease" us from using hydrocarbons to newer forms of energy. Ikle and Wood wrote:
"Mankind's current energy system evolved during the 20th century as an offspring of the Industrial Revolution. It may take almost as long to replace this system with the novel energy sources and distribution networks that future generations will need. This huge transition would be greatly facilitated if geo-engineering options are developed and tested to provide a safe breathing space without a massive global-warming crisis."
Last year, Reagan's National Security Advisor Robert "Bud" McFarlane talked about the need for "breathing room" to help us transition from our current mix of energy dependence.
All of them are thinking in terms of a transition that would take decades, not years or months--and would require real bi-partisan cooperation as well as getting key players in the U.S. economy to accept burden-sharing. But the longer we wait, the higher the costs and the greater the shock.
The Goe-Engineering idea has the huge risk of cooling the Earth and causing a run-away deep-freeze effect leading to an ice age. And in fact, ice age is the ultimate human catastrophe (see the book of similar title by Sir Fred Hoyle).
And who the hell are Ilke and Lowell (White people again) to risk the World for their fantasy projects? They are not boys any more; looking for new toys.
I am not, hoiwever, opposed to research. That is an acceptable expenditure.