Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Going to extremes to fight global warming (55,000 Mirrors will save the globe?)
The Globe and Mail ^ | June 3, 2006 | ANNE MCILROY

Posted on 06/03/2006 7:12:46 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

It may be hard to imagine the world getting so hot that scientists and engineers would design a fleet of 55,000 mirrors, each bigger than Manhattan, and send them into space to deflect sunlight away from Earth.

Or that they would mimic a major volcanic eruption in order to cool the melting Arctic, shooting dust and other particles into the upper atmosphere where they would scatter the sun's light away from Earth.

Using geoengineering, the large-scale manipulation of the environment, to combat global warming has been proposed by scientists like Lowell Wood at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

He argues that simulating a volcanic winter -- the cooling that follows major volcanic eruptions like Mount Pinatubo in 1991 -- is the most practical approach to managing global warming.

(Excerpt) Read more at theglobeandmail.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: alarmism; alarmists; climatechange; environment; environmentalists; globalwarming; globalwarmingping; globullwarming; greenhousegas; panic; pollution; skyisfalling
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-6061-62 next last
From the article:
Mimicking a volcano by shooting particles that scatter light into the upper atmosphere could damage the ozone layer.

Well DUH. They harp at us for years about driving SUVs, and then we come back at them by saying volcanos pollute more than our SUVs do, and then they say "well, let's use a volcano to cool the globe!"

Then we're reminded of stories like this:

Blocking sunshine with aerosol may help avoid global warming

Burning Fossil Fuels Has A Measurable Cooling Effect On The Climate

Using mirrors in space would cause the sun's light to flicker.

See: To Cool the Earth, Plan Would Pull a Shade (Glass shield in space will save earth) for an alternate yet similarly brilliant plan!

Overall, this sounds like a dangerous idea, even if it will never go anywhere. Tinkering with earth's climate to fix a problem no one is certain we are responsible for, and some aren't even sure exists is too extreme.

1 posted on 06/03/2006 7:12:49 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: texianyankee; JayB; ElkGroveDan; markman46; palmer; Bahbah; Paradox; FOG724; Mike Darancette; ...
(((GLOBAL WARMING PING)))



You have been pinged because of your interest in environmentalism, alarmist wackos, mainstream media doomsday hype, and other issues pertaining to global warming. Freep-mail me to get on or off. Please ping me to all note-worthy threads on global warming.



The Giant Mirror nimrods are back, lads.
2 posted on 06/03/2006 7:13:38 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Good guys" aren't always "nice guys".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DaveLoneRanger

I guess they aren't expecting such as increased volcanic dust on top of increased meteor hits of significant sizes . . . .and probably increased wind storms . . .

But some of us are.


3 posted on 06/03/2006 7:15:47 PM PDT by Quix (PRAY AND WORK WHILE THERE'S DAY! Many very dark nights are looming. Thankfully, God is still God!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DaveLoneRanger

I'm in favor of launching large, city sized solar power generators into space and using them to help regulate the output of solar energy that reaches the planet.

Aside from the power generated that can be beamed to various orbital and possibly lunar facilities, it is probably a good idea to plan for sudden changes in the suns output. Also, building these mirrors/solar arrays would cost a great deal of money, require an increase in the space budget, and probably require lunar or asteroid mining, and an orbital manufacturing plant to complete the project.

The only problem is that one can't trust any government to actually complete such a project. So the issue is moot.


4 posted on 06/03/2006 7:17:46 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DaveLoneRanger
Krakatoa and Toba lowered the earth's temperature by 2 full degrees, it's taken over 100 years to lose the dust and rebound +.8 degrees. These folks get a "serious nimrod" alert rating.
5 posted on 06/03/2006 7:19:34 PM PDT by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DaveLoneRanger

I can get along just fine with their warming BS, they should start thinking about how to warm it up when the new ice age arrives (as soon as no one will listing to global warming), it might be a lot harder than trying to cool it down.


6 posted on 06/03/2006 7:20:16 PM PDT by dalereed
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: coconutt2000

I'm in favor of launching large cities into space. Anything with more than a million within the city limits.


7 posted on 06/03/2006 7:20:55 PM PDT by Paladin2 (If the political indictment's from Fitz, the jury always acquits.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: DaveLoneRanger

Hey! It's a start! It sounds like somebody has figured out that the sun might have something to do with "global warming."


8 posted on 06/03/2006 7:22:06 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (DemocRATS! America's Lynch Mob.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DaveLoneRanger
Seems to me that there are enough "scientists," journalists, politicians, and assorted worrywarts wearing tinfoil hats as to have the same practical effect as 55,000 giant mirrors.
9 posted on 06/03/2006 7:22:42 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina (Some people are like Slinkies: totally useless, but fun to throw down a stair.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DaveLoneRanger

So when it gets too cold, they turn the mirror around and warm thing up again, right?


10 posted on 06/03/2006 7:22:44 PM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

It is all a sinister plot.

They SAY that they are going to build it to 'save the world'... but what they are really going to do is build a giant space umbrella and cut off all the direct sunlight over America unless we pay them ONE JILLION DOLLARS.

They got that idea from watching the Simpsons, after that shark with laser beams thing didn't work out for them.

/s


11 posted on 06/03/2006 7:24:23 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: DaveLoneRanger
Reminds me of the Futurama joke:

Fry: This snow is beautiful. I'm glad global warming never happened.
Leela: Actually, it did. But thank God nuclear winter canceled it out.

12 posted on 06/03/2006 7:26:01 PM PDT by burzum (Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.--Adm. Rickover)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DaveLoneRanger
Even IF one were willing to accept every bit of the bogus science behind global warming AND if one were to accept that placing 55,000 mirrors the size of Manhattan into space it's ridiculous to even suggest or consider it. tell me, how much pollution would the rockets create that would be required to place 55,000 mirrors the size of Manhattan into orbit? What happens when they start to fall back down? Liberal idiots.
13 posted on 06/03/2006 7:26:49 PM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DaveLoneRanger

The solar shade sounds like it would be more feasible than the volcano. Using the proper materials to manufacture it, you could turn it off if you wanted.


14 posted on 06/03/2006 7:27:52 PM PDT by Zeroisanumber
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Paladin2

I'm not sure of the total population, but can we launch San Francisco first? If that works, then NYC second?


15 posted on 06/03/2006 7:29:17 PM PDT by Dazedcat ((Please God, make it stop))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: DaveLoneRanger
If Haliburton were to have proposed this, the enviros would be writhing in angst for the environmental consequences, not to mention the cost.

Speaking of cost, if all these square miles of mirrors were used in a solar collector, it could displace the same amount of coal burning, and thus CO2 emissions.

But who am I to suggest that well meaning enviros are dangerously wrong. What counts is their good intentions, not the results!
16 posted on 06/03/2006 7:29:18 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DaveLoneRanger

Why not have low orbit venetian blinds.


17 posted on 06/03/2006 7:29:43 PM PDT by Nachoman (I love greasy old bolt guns.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Paladin2
I'm in favor of launching large cities into space. Anything with more than a million within the city limits.

Fair enough. We city slickers are already happily ignoring the rural areas of the country, so it probably wouldn't make too much of a difference to us either way.

:P

18 posted on 06/03/2006 7:31:28 PM PDT by Zeroisanumber
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Paladin2

Do we let the liberal urban areas take air with them?


19 posted on 06/03/2006 7:31:36 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: DaveLoneRanger
The apparent mastermind of the project


20 posted on 06/03/2006 7:33:11 PM PDT by LukeL
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-6061-62 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson