The communists used to boast that they can order both winds and rains around.
It would take a few decades to prove that they can’t.
Now, Pennsylvania University scientists have re-discovered America: they found out that geoengineering in fact harms the planet.
It would take another Penn U scientist to prove that the damage would be beyond repair.
What is significant: they had the courage to publish their findings.
Of course, who are the scientists from the Philadelphia school of higher learning, founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, compared to Bill Gates’s bank accounts?
Up, up, and away
Some time ago, the world was surprised to learn that the software tycoon has been funding a plan that would see a huge balloon, hanging about 24 kilometres (some 80,000 feet) above ground over Fort Sumner in New Mexico release a huge chunk of sulphates into the air. That, the self-anointed climatologist, virologist and epidemiologist, pronounced, would stop climate warming.
Britain’s The Guardian newspaper quoted the people behind this plan as saying that the sulphates can deflect sun radiation so as to cool the planet.
That the released materials happen to be highly toxic never crossed the plan’s supporters’ minds.
Who cares that ecologists have come up with figures and numbers that confirm that doing so would cause permanent damage to existing ecosystems all across the globe?
Definitely NOT Bill Gates.
The language of the dispute seems to sound as if it was about environment and nothing else.
It’s not: Bill Gates and his supporters are adamant that governments are not doing enough to fight back against the supposed environment impacts of global warming.
Either you will carbon-tax your population into sheer poverty, or we’ll do it ourselves.
As any fanatic, they use sheer blackmail: we would have no choice but to “save the planet” by polluting it with sulphate particles.
Who cares about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official statements saying that sulphate particles are a toxic, a noxious air pollutant?
Generally speaking, spraying the skies with any kind of tiny particles is hazardous both to respiratory health in humans and animals, as well as to water sources, soils, and other delicate environmental resources.
The new Penn study, published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, explains that, in collaboration with a team out of Spain to study atmospheric conditions in the stratosphere, the team has serious questions about the scheme.
Not that the Penn crowd would be totally against the idea of similar trials taking place. It meekly suggests that experimenters with the wholesale character of our planet’s atmosphere ought to be a bit more cautious.
The Penn University paper doesn’t go so far as to suggest that Gates and his group perhaps try to go back to school and get proper education. Instead, the paper urges a bit of caution in understanding the basics of the physics and chemistry before launching such a feat.
Joseph S. Francisco, an atmospheric chemist from the Penn School of Arts & Sciences, goes so far as to suggest that it is important to understand “the photochemistry involved in geoengineering” before proceeding to spray random chemicals (chemtrails) into the skies.
“That’s critically important and it’s something that’s been ignored,” he added.
Bill Gates and his group must have watched too many movies about volcanoes (Joe versus the Volcano, a 1990 flick starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks comes to mind).
The hypochondriac hero of that film is diagnosed with a condition called “brain cloud,” and the treatment is supposed to cost him his life.
Here’s the link between today’s reality and that 30-year-old (rather tame) comedy: sulphur is emitted during a volcanic eruption, often blocking out the sun and making everything dark for quite some time.
As Gates and other geoengineers see it, the plan would be to make this darkness permanent. That, they say, would fix the global warming once and for all.
Basic lesson in natural sciences: a volcanic eruption emits sulphur into the troposphere, some 10 kilometers (just under 33,000 feet) up from the surface of the earth. The Gates (geoengineering) way would see sulphur sent higher than 20 kilometres (close to 66,000 feet), all the way into the stratosphere.
That, of course, is perfectly unnatural.
If you try a chemical experiment in a beaker and the results don’t work, you sigh, dismiss the time you spent on it, and turn to plan B. No, the time wasn’t wasted: now you know which way NOT to go.
But what if Gates’s atmospheric chemistry does not play out as expected?
As Penn U’s Francisco asks: “If we put the sulphur dioxide in, can we get it out of the stratosphere?”
The answer is NO. In capital letters.
Does Bill Gates know it?
Of course he does.
So: why, for crying out loud? To start looking for answers, start looking at his medical prognostications, at his land purchases, at his plans to cut the number of people on this planet by more than six billion (with himself remaining one of those still alive, and still in power).