Plan 9 From AGW “Science”
Okay, they call it “plan B”, but you get the point. This is some seriously desperate, and goofy, stuff. Written by Steve Connor, the “Science Editor” and Chris Green for The Independent, it takes you deep into the warping effect AGW has had on “science”.
An emergency “Plan B” using the latest technology is needed to save the world from dangerous climate change, according to a poll of leading scientists carried out by The Independent. The collective international failure to curb the growing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has meant that an alternative to merely curbing emissions may become necessary.
The plan would involve highly controversial proposals to lower global temperatures artificially through daringly ambitious schemes that either reduce sunlight levels by man-made means or take CO2 out of the air. This “geoengineering” approach – including schemes such as fertilising the oceans with iron to stimulate algal blooms – would have been dismissed as a distraction a few years ago but is now being seen by the majority of scientists we surveyed as a viable emergency backup plan that could save the planet from the worst effects of climate change, at least until deep cuts are made in CO2 emissions.
Of course The Independent never identifies the “leading scientists” it surveyed, although it does admit to it being a mere 80 later on in the article.
This type of alarmism relies on a sort of corollary of the Rahm Emanuel principle that one should never let a good crisis go to waste but always use it to implement things which would be impossible under normal circumstances. The AGW corollary is if you don’t have a real crisis, manufacture one. And that’s precisely what the Science editor and the 80 “leading scientists” attempt here.
So what is Plan B? Well, actually its Plan B1, B2, B3, B4 and, my personal favorite, B5.
Injecting the air with particles to reflect sunlight. Also known as the “artificial volcano plan”. Of course they have no idea how many of the artificial sulfate particles they would have to inject into the stratosphere or how long they’d have to do it, but they’re pretty sure that it would eventually result in acid rain and have adverse consequences for agriculture.
Er, okaaaay. On to Plan B2:
Creating low clouds over the oceans. The plan is to pump water vapor into the atmosphere to create clouds over the ocean and thereby cool the earth. This is the “we had to destroy the village to save the village” plan. You see, water vapor accounts for about 95% of Earth’s greenhouse effect. So the cure is to put more of what supposedly ails us into the atmosphere to stop the warming?
Hmmm. Uh, Plan B3:
Fertilising the sea with iron filings. Or among skeptics, the “blooming idiot” plan. The idea is to salt the sea with iron filings to encourage photoplankton to grow and it would, in turn, absorb CO2. Then they’re supposed to quietly give up the ghost and sink to the bottom of the sea with the CO2 conveniently trapped forever. The only problem with this brilliant plan is photoplankton is voraciously sought out and eaten by all types of sea creatures as a part of their diet. And, of course, should that happen, vs. the quiet dying and sinking, well the CO2 is returned to the atmosphere plus some.
Lovely. And then there is Plan B4:
Mixing the deep water of the ocean. This is known as the “cosmic Mix-Master” option. Yes, giant tubes will be placed in the ocean and surface water “rich in carbon” will be pumped to the bottom of the sea, never to resurface. Of course the problem is the water deep in the sea that is displaced has to go somewhere and it will most likely go up. Any guess what is locked in that water right now? Heh, yup – lots and lots of carbon. Any guess where it will end up?
Yeesh. And finally, my favorite, B5:
Giant mirrors in space. Known among the less than impressed as the “window shade option” (and by others as the “Simpson Effect”), this plan requires either giant mirrors or lots and lots of tiny mirrors be shot into space and placed between Earth and the sun. Yes, that’s right. Mirrors. Between us and the sun. And then, of course, we’ll just, you know, turn them as we deem necessary whenever we want to adjust the amount of sunlight and heat we receive here on earth. What could go wrong with that?
This is what “leading scientists” come up with?
I like Plan 9 better:
By the way, for future reference when the AGW crowd starts trying to lay the greenhouse gases allegedly causing world-wide climate change (or global warming – whatever they’re pushing that day) off on man, remind them that the anthropogenic (man-made) contribution to the “Greenhouse Effect,” expressed as % of total (with water vapor included) is a mere 0.28%.
Again, that’s not just CO2 – that’s all of the gases which allegedly contribute to that effect.
[Crossposted at QandO]