Should we turn back the clock on Climate Change?
I read this excellent article this morning and thought about the questions posed within it.
First of all, is the question of safety, risks, possible side effects. If a nation decides to do this unilaterally against world opinion to increase rainfall in their region to ease a drought, what are the consequences, if any? Who decides how much of a drop, and what range of temperatures will be maintained? What is the health risk to people, animals and plant life from the seeding of the atmosphere? Currently a project like this would be against UN regulations and agreements. Also what contingency plans for when this has unintended side effects? If there is to be remediation of the side effects, who determines what actions are necessary, and who pays for it?
The second question is the cost of $8 billion, after all it’s rare for these government projects to end up on or under budget. How would we divide the cost among the world? Some would argue based on an nations energy use, others on a per capita basis. Those that live in tropical zones don’t need heating, however the rapidly growing use of air conditioning equipment is rapidly catching up to the energy used by cold climate nations for winter heating. Do we assign an equal value to all types of emissions, or do we exempt public transit, and charge private autos. Figure on at least a decade of wrangling over who pays what portion of the bill.
The third point I am more concerned about, is that it allows humans to continue to drain the resources of this planet with no thought of the results. Fossil fuel usage is still needed, and will be for probably decades. However we can make smarter choices about the consumption of fossil fuels. Beside the global warming, there is the destruction of nature, resulting in the loss of habitat for birds, animals, insects, and plants. Spills which devastate our land and water. The particles in the air also have health hazards, just ask anyone who has been to LA, Beijing, or any other smog covered city in the world. If we consider our children and future generations this must be addressed equally to the issue of climate change. This discussion needs to happen, however in my humble opinion as part of a world wide dialogue on what type of world we want to pass along to future generations.Just as we need a healthy body and mind, we also need a healthy planet.