Ross Brooks

Al Gore Blasts Geo-Engineering Solutions for Climate Change as Insane

by , 01/16/14
filed under: News, Renewable Energy

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While some have suggested geo-engineering projects could avert a climate change catastrophe, Al Gore described the idea as “insane, utterly mad and delusional in the extreme.” The former vice president said that searches for an instant solution, which he said were born of desperation, are misguided and could lead to an even bigger catastrophe. His words came in response to the UN climate panel, which warned that governments might have to extract vast amounts of greenhouses gases from the air by 2100.



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“The idea that we can put a different form of pollution into the atmosphere to cancel out the effects of global warming pollution is utterly insane,” said Gore in a conference call for South African reporters. He also talked about a paralysis in the global political system that has led scientists “who should know better,” to engage in discussions about alternatives they don’t actually believe in.

The draft climate report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, due for release in Germany in April, said governments might have to rely more heavily on “carbon dioxide removal” technologies. While Gore has no issues with small-scale interventions such as white roofs, he is more concerned about ideas such as putting sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere to reflect incoming sunlight.

Gore also commented on the state of nuclear power, saying that the current technology is still 10 to 15 years away from being advanced enough to use it as a significant power source. Of all the points made, he was very clear when he said “We are already engaged in a planet-wide experiment with consequences,” and that “thinking we can come up with a second planet-wide experiment that would exactly counteract the first experiment is delusional in the extreme.”

Via The Guardian

Images by NASA Goddard Photo and Videosjrankin

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2 Comments

  1. RelayerM31 January 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    What’s Al worth now? Like, $200,000,000? He used to only be worth a couple million. I wonder how he made his money given the fact that the Earth hasn’t heated up at all in the past 15 years? There’s lots of new Arctic sea ice though.

  2. Yusuf Mallie January 16, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    As a citizen of planet earth, I fully agree with Al Gore’s statement.
    Putting another more toxic method into the atmosphere would not reverse anything.
    Nature provide solution but our ignorance stagnated with chemical as solution will enhance climate catastrophe.
    Our consistently high concentration of toxic air pollution is already disturbing earth’s climate equilibrium with frequently high occurrence of natural disaster.
    With a foreign spike of volatile chemicals of sulphur dioxide into atmosphere, will have far reaching consequences than typhoons and hurricanes
    With climate repositioning to counter balance this imbalance, would result in super typhoons with even more devastating results making Typhoon Yolanda a breeze.
    We need more climate friendly solutions than this ignorant method or chemical solution
    Our ignorance have already go us in this mess of Climate Alteration due to Pollution, deforestation, exploitation of land and ocean resources, increase ocean water pollution we siting in a cauldron of mass genocide by the ignorance of corporate greed and our intellectual’s stupidity.
    Solutions are plentiful, only if we proliferate nature’s simple solutions.

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