Our Broken Sky, Part Three


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Twenty years ago the U.S. Government approved the first geoengineering patent to reduce “atmospheric warming due to the greenhouse effect resulting from a greenhouse gases layer.”

“The method comprises the step of seeding the greenhouse gas layer (extending between about seven and thirteen kilometers above the earth’s surface) with a quantity of tiny particles of materials” such as aluminum oxide.

“The particles suspended in the stratosphere as a result of the seeding provide a mechanism for converting the blackbody radiation emitted by the earth at near infrared wavelengths into radiation in the visible and far infrared wavelength so that this heat energy may be reradiated out into space, thereby reducing the global warming due to the greenhouse effect.

“One technique proposed to seed the metallic particles was to add the tiny particles to the fuel of jet airliners, so that the particles would be emitted from the jet engine exhaust while the airliner was at its cruising altitude.

“Once the tiny particles have been dispersed into the atmosphere, the particles may remain in suspension for up to one year.”

According to Ken Caldeira, a climate modeler at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford, model simulations suggest the effects of a sulfate sunshade “did a pretty good job” of reversing the global warming.

But, according to Scientific American, “the sulfate sunshade could have serious drawbacks on other grounds. SO2, like CO2, would not just affect the planet’s temperature; it would change winds and precipitation as well, in ways that are not yet foreseeable. As less sunlight reached the earth’s surface, there would be less evaporation, particularly in the tropics, which would probably make rain and freshwater scarcer than they are today.”

According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, there are at least “20 reasons why geoengineering may be a bad idea.”  They mention negative effects on regional climate, continued ocean acidification, ozone depletion, decreased photosynthesis, increased acid rain, decreased efficiency of solar panels, enormous environmental damage; rapid, uncontrolled warming if the experiment is terminated, decreased motivation to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and possible worldwide conflict as nations struggle to achieve a consensus on the necessity and morality of its use.

Any one of these issues is formidable, but taken together they present enough cause to pause and instead consider acting decisively to ensure these practices are never implemented.

Unless they already are. According to the website, geoengineeringwatch.org, “volumes of data, lab tests and video footage from all over the globe, make clear the conclusion that aerosol spraying has been an ongoing lethal reality. Citizens have found government data to back up their claims. In addition, according to a local source, “dozens of lab tests taken in Shasta County over the last four years have shown off-the-chart levels of heavy metals in rain, air, and snow. Aluminum, barium, and strontium, the same metals listed as primary elements of numerous geo-engineering patents.” 

The one fact almost all climate scientists accept is that our time to prevent dangerous climate change is coming to end. At best we have only five or ten years to make the necessary changes to prevent a climate catastrophe. As humanity realizes their fate, their demand for geoengineering solutions may invite further disastrous and unforeseen consequences. Our ancestors have deeded this Earth for our safe keeping. Our children deserve a living planet to safeguard for their progeny. The vase is teetering on the edge, waiting for our saving embrace. Our time to look up, to clearly see and act with wisdom is now.

Doug Craig earned a B.A. in journalism during the Carter administration and a doctorate in psychology during the Reagan administration. He has been a clinical psychologist in Redding for 22 years. Since 2004 he has suffered a serious obsession with the science of climate change and is most concerned about the Earth his children will inherit. You can find him at his website, ClimateTruth.org.

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7 Responses

  1. Avatar Dane W says:

    Thank you Dr. Craig for your investigation into the geoengineering issue. There truly is a mountain of data available on this incredibly serious subject that the corporate media seems as of yet unwilling to cover. Thank you "anewscafe" for allowing this coverage.

  2. Avatar Doug Bennett says:

    What has always intrigued me about the Climate Change issue is that the solution is obvious, yet our willingness to undertake the steps necessary to reverse the oil/coal-based rates of pollution seems stymied at every turn. Corporations that are controlling our governments (national and local) have corrupted the democratic processes that should bring these changes through legislation (yes, regulation!). Bush backed out of the Kyoto Protocols and now Obama want to go it alone, and through American exceptionalism, has diminished the chances of any meaningful international agreement to stop Global Warming. The science is clear, as Dr. Craig has pointed out many times, we in our arrogance have polluted our only home, Earth. Now, out of ignorance and arrogance we will do more damage putting up untested chemical sunscreens of dubious value instead of "biting the bullet" and putting the brakes on the run-away American consumption machine. We can have a sanity based economy that serves us and Gaia, but we allow business and other special interests control our lives. WHY?

  3. Avatar Randy says:

    "but we allow business and other special interests control our lives. WHY?"

    We were born into a system of follow the leader and each day it becomes more obvious that our "leaders" are completely lost. The challenges we face cannot be solved by economics or politics and require a radical change of social priorities. We can accept this time of change gracefully, and make the necessary changes as the dutiful, responsible, caretakers of planet earth or we will have these changes crammed down our collective throats by a creator that has provided us the road map many times by way of numerous voices of truth.

  4. Avatar mauro says:

    Geoengineering basically means the majority of people on the planet NO LONGER CARE about the generations to follow and that mankind has hit a new low, one that reap destruction equal to the apathy sewn.


  5. Avatar Suzy Coffee says:

    Every time I look up into the sky and see the familiar chemical laden crisscross of trails, I want it to stop. Right now!
    It's why I am so happy to see Doug's powerful and informative articles about our truly broken skies go out to the public in a big way.
    To the good folks at anewscafe.com, thank you so much for helping spread the word about geoengineering. I look forward to hearing more about this critical issue.

  6. Avatar Pamela says:

    Thank you, Dr. Craig, for your most enlightening article.

  7. Avatar Linda Schreiber says:

    After Obama was elected I wrote to NOAA to inquire about the excessive amount of contrails. I asked what they were and talked about the concerns people are having all over the country. I received an answer.

    I was told that : "NOAA is aware of a few weather modification activities taking place in California and in other western states with the intention of helping to enhance precipitation, therefore, lessening the concern for droughts. These activities are usually funded by the individual states and performed by private businesses in the winter in order to increase mountain snowpack, the major source of water in the West."

    They suggeseted that any pollutants found come under the jurisdiction of the local, state and federal EPA agencies and to contact them with any findings.

    It was signed by Richard W. Spinrad, Ph. D., CMarSci, Assistant Administrator.

    I really believe they are making it rain and making a shield sometimes to keep the snow from melting. I think they are targeting areas and are getting better and better at accomplishing their goals. The question is, what are they spraying? No answer.