Geoengineering - Claude Kramer - E-Book

Geoengineering E-Book

Claude Kramer

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Releasing tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere to mitigate the impact of the sun, transforming carbon dioxide into mineral rock and burying it or altering ocean currents are some of the "solutions”, both drastic and dangerous, proposed by Geoengineering. The narrative on climate change could be a pretext for the millionaire financing of a series of initiatives promoted many times by the same actors that caused the problem in the first place.

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Climate change and the energy matrix

The climate change narrative is presented as “evidence”, even when a great part of the scientific community doesn’t agree with the alleged certainty that carbon dioxide produced by human activity causes increases in temperatures. But international organizations such as the UN, the IPCC that depends on it (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), international agreements such as that of Paris (2015), organizations such as the World Economic Forum and of course the most influential billionaires such as Bill Gates and Elon Musk, all of them line up behind the climate change narrative and claim that it is necessary to change the energy paradigm, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

In this context, something known as “geoengineering” has flourished: a scientific-technical approach to developing strategies for mitigating climate change or manipulating the climate. Almost all of them include plans that should be implemented on a global scale to be successful. Geoengineering projects under development include different proposals: release tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere to mitigate the impact of the sun, transform carbon dioxide into mineral and bury it or alter ocean currents, among many others. All of these “solutions” are as drastic as they are dangerous, and many warn that they could make the environmental situation even worse.

Within environmentalists and advocates of the climate change narrative, there is a great resistance to geoengineering as a “solution” to the problems of global warming. What good would these programs be if gas emissions continue to increase year after year? But there might be something else behind the alleged role of geoengineering in terms of dealing with climate change: many claim that the manipulation of climatic and natural processes are potential weapons, and that their use will only increase inequalities between countries or that it will be used to exercise power and control. Others claim that these experiments are actually part of a plan to colonize other planets, and that in order to safeguard the continuity of the race we would be willing to experiment globally with the only planet on which the human race has naturally expanded. In the pages that follow we will explore the different approaches to geoengineering, we’ll review some of the ongoing programs, what’s Bill Gates role of in the matter and what are the arguments of those who strongly oppose to its implementation.

Beyond planet Earth

Geoengineering can be considered a multidisciplinary area, since it integrates different branches of engineering with disciplines such as chemistry, oceanography, ecology and so on. Although there are many antecedents (for example, the manipulation of rivers), in recent decades and in coincidence with the climate change narrative, geoengineering as an area of development has grown: with the support of “science” and “engineering” as respectable and almost “objective” disciplines, with the urgency of climate change and the need to implement “solutions”, geoengineering begins to gain support, to become visible in the media and to earn a place in the bigger picture of humanity’s relations with the planet (or with the planets). Currently there are dozens of projects under development in different parts of the world, some have modest resources but others are led by groups of scientists who work together with universities such as Harvard and have large budgets financed for example by Bill Gates.