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

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