Al Gore: Geoengineering to Counter Warming Is “˜Utterly Mad’

Former US Vice President Al Gore speaks about climate change during the Fourth Annual Rhode Island Energy and Environmental Leaders Day at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 11, 2013. 
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Ben Geman
Jan. 15, 2014, 9:50 a.m.

Al Gore takes an ex­tremely dim view of “geoen­gin­eer­ing” — un­der­tak­ing massive pro­jects to ma­nip­u­late the en­vir­on­ment to coun­ter­act glob­al warm­ing, such as spread­ing particles in the at­mo­sphere to de­flect some sun­light.

The former vice pres­id­ent said Wed­nes­day that turn­ing to geoen­gin­eer­ing pro­pos­als would be “in­sane, ut­terly mad, and de­lu­sion­al in the ex­treme,” ac­cord­ing to the Guard­i­an.

“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,” Gore said.

Gore, on a call with re­port­ers, said con­sid­er­a­tion of geoen­gin­eer­ing tech­niques by some sci­ent­ists is “a mark of how des­per­ate some of them are feel­ing due to the para­lys­is in the glob­al polit­ic­al sys­tem.”

The Wash­ing­ton Post has a primer on the top­ic here.


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