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Battlefield Earth
Foreign Policy ^ | January 2008 | Jamais Cascio

Posted on 01/31/2008 9:41:19 AM PST by forkinsocket

It may sound like science fiction, but it’s only a matter of time before the world’s militaries learn to wield the planet itself as a weapon.

Preventing global warming from becoming a planetary catastrophe may take something even more drastic than renewable energy, superefficient urban design, and global carbon taxes. Such innovations remain critical, and yet disruptions to the Earth’s climate could overwhelm these relatively slow, incremental changes in how we live. As reports of faster-than-expected climate changes mount, a growing number of experts worry that we might ultimately be forced to try something quite radical: geoengineering.

Geoengineering involves humans making intentional, large-scale modifications to the Earth’s geophysical systems in order to change the environment. These can include sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide in the oceans, changing the reflectivity of the Earth’s surface, and pumping particles into the stratosphere to block a fraction of incoming sunlight. Many of these proposals mimic natural events, so we know that—in principle—they can work, although there is insufficient understanding of their potential side effects. Unsurprisingly, geoengineering is highly controversial, and even proponents view it as a “Hail Mary” pass, to be considered only after all other options have failed.

But geoengineering presents more than just an environmental question. It also presents a geopolitical dilemma. With processes of this magnitude and degree of uncertainty, countries would inevitably argue over control, costs, and liability for mistakes. More troubling, however, is the possibility that states may decide to use geoengineering efforts and technologies as weapons. Two factors make this a danger we dismiss at our peril: the unequal impact of climate changes, and the ability of small states and even nonstate actors to attempt geoengineering.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: battlefield; carboncult; geoengineering; globalwarming; greenreligion; planet
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1 posted on 01/31/2008 9:41:20 AM PST by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket

Xenu is coming back for us?


2 posted on 01/31/2008 9:42:27 AM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: forkinsocket

“Preventing global warming from becoming a planetary catastrophe may take something even more drastic than renewable energy, superefficient urban design, and global carbon taxes.”

I stop reading after sentences like this where GW is a foregone conclusion amidst growing evidence against the hoax being thrust upon us.


3 posted on 01/31/2008 9:43:05 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: forkinsocket

4 posted on 01/31/2008 9:46:47 AM PST by bill1952 (The right to buy weapons is the right to be free)
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To: Slapshot68

We must ignore all climate change articles at all times, that’s the conservative way right? Those stinking hippies can love mother earth and all that nonsense. Human beings can’t possibly do or create anything that would effect the climate! Come on, that’s crazy talk!

/sarcasm off


5 posted on 01/31/2008 9:49:25 AM PST by Pawtucket Patriot
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To: forkinsocket
As reports of faster-than-expected climate changes mount

Give me some numbers, please. How much has it changed? This article is from another planet, maybe?

6 posted on 01/31/2008 9:50:26 AM PST by Migraine (...diversity is great... until it happens to YOU...)
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To: Pawtucket Patriot

Your last sentence nailed it.


7 posted on 01/31/2008 9:51:54 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: Pawtucket Patriot

No, but we should approach them extremely skeptically, since the leading proponents of man-made global warming theories have shown themselves willing to distort the facts however they need to to achieve their ends.


8 posted on 01/31/2008 9:52:12 AM PST by kc8ukw (Sign the ALLOW incandescent bulbs petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/incand/)
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To: forkinsocket
This article—”Battlefield Earth”—should have been published in a 1950’s issue of Popular Mechanics along with anti-gravity automobiles and subterranean vehicles that can bore through rock and reach the center of the earth.
9 posted on 01/31/2008 9:54:57 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: forkinsocket

The name of the magazine tells us all we want to know. Science? They don’t need no stinkin’ science. (Al Gore doesn’t understand science, so why should they?)


10 posted on 01/31/2008 10:01:04 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Somebody really should sue popular mechanics I mean they promised all those things back then where’s my anti-grav car, ray gun, and robot wife?


11 posted on 01/31/2008 10:02:55 AM PST by utherdoul
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To: forkinsocket

This is good! It’s like me tinkering with my computer server when I really don’t have a good idea how the thing works. Sooner or later I’m going to crash it. It’s only a matter of time. Thing is, you can’t “back-up” the Earth.


12 posted on 01/31/2008 10:04:50 AM PST by Tallguy (Tagline is offline till something better comes along...)
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To: kc8ukw

I completely agree. Peer review, double blind, all of the application of the Scientific Method etc. It is the only way for people/ society to know the truth.


13 posted on 01/31/2008 10:10:06 AM PST by Pawtucket Patriot
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To: utherdoul
[. . .where’s my anti-grav car, ray gun, and robot wife?]

I have breakfast many mornings with a bunch of other middle-aged guys and we were talking about how the internal combustion engine has not essentially changed in our lifetimes. All of us remembered how we were promised atomic powered cars that would fly.

14 posted on 01/31/2008 10:10:30 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: bill1952

15 posted on 01/31/2008 10:14:53 AM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Well neither has my coffee changed essentially in my lifetime.


16 posted on 01/31/2008 10:26:41 AM PST by Pawtucket Patriot
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To: forkinsocket

All we have to do is put an additive in jet fuel and we can turn this planet into an ice ball in less than 100 years.

We can’t produce the energy to warm it.


17 posted on 01/31/2008 10:31:21 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: forkinsocket

Could you get back to me when the Temperature raises to about 80 degress.
Its 20 degrees snowing and my plow just quit on me.


18 posted on 01/31/2008 10:35:36 AM PST by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: forkinsocket

“Preventing global warming from becoming a planetary catastrophe may take something even more drastic than renewable energy”

I stopped reading there. A lie told a million times by people with no qualifications to even begin to understand planetary science but think of themselves as political geniuses is still a lie.


19 posted on 01/31/2008 10:40:59 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: kc8ukw

“willing to distort the facts however they need to to achieve their ends.”

Yep. Luddites, nothing more.


20 posted on 01/31/2008 10:42:12 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: Doc91678

“Could you get back to me when the Temperature raises to about 80 degress.
Its 20 degrees snowing and my plow just quit on me.

Ditto! Here in Colorado we’ve had an extrmely cold two winters in a row. We’ve been having single digit temps night after night and that is unusal for this place.

I wonder what ever happened to the Luddites of the 60’s and 70’s who told us we would all be starving by now because the planet was running out of food.

Oh, and those Luddites who said we need to ban CFCs because of the Ozone hole. Funny thing, it’s still there even after banning CFCs, yet, we hear nothing from the Luddites about this. They got their way to ban another man-made substance and then shut up.


21 posted on 01/31/2008 10:45:32 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: forkinsocket
Reminds me more of Robotech then Battlefield Earth:

Grand Cannon - The Grand Cannon was a much more powerful Reflex weapon which built up the charge in a giant underground shaft secretly built in Alaska. The beam, whose energy is derived from the Earth's gravity, could be adjusted during firing and was great enough to destroy countless numbers of Zentraedi warships orbiting the Earth. Unfortunately, the Grand Cannon was damaged shortly after obliterating a huge group of ships of the Zentraedi's Imperial Fleet.

22 posted on 01/31/2008 10:54:22 AM PST by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
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To: forkinsocket
DOOMED
23 posted on 01/31/2008 11:05:04 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: forkinsocket
Think globally, act locally.
24 posted on 01/31/2008 12:09:08 PM PST by Hoplite (Excellent!)
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To: Beowulf; Defendingliberty; WL-law; Normandy

Beam me to Planet Gore !

25 posted on 01/31/2008 4:22:55 PM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: CodeToad
As with everything in Life you must take all things with a grain of salt.
I personally worked on the CFC ban in the 90’s. There are many things that cause Ozone and also deplete Ozone.
One of them is Chlorine as well as Fluorine based chemicals. In fact all Halogen compounds deplete Ozone to some degree.
Now to get back to the Global Warming thing.
Surely man is responsible for some of the GW. But for the most part it is due to changes in the Sun’s radiation on earth.
Personally I live in the North East. We get approximately a total of 6 feet of snow per year. And it does get down in temperature. This year we had a spell of below zero days that really ran up the heating bills.
So I don’t really believe in Gore’s theories.
The earth has gone through many phases of heat and cold. Man and beast have survived. Other than a cataclysmic event, I don’t believe you or I will ever see the events Gore and his cronies have predicted.
26 posted on 01/31/2008 4:41:29 PM PST by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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