(StraightNews.org) – The Biden administration has considered using technology that blocks out the sun. Solar Radiation Modification (SRM) contains stratospheric aerosol injections and marine cloud brightening, which some scientists believe pose a significant threat to life. The proposals on the table would utilize SRM to block natural sunlight and “cool” the planet to deter the effects of climate change.
If the plan were to go ahead, the skies would become filled with a hazy brown and white chemical filter that would prevent the sun’s ultraviolet rays from reaching the earth’s surface. The White House is said to have seriously considered the option and has conducted research into its effects. However, the government concluded it will stick to current greenhouse emissions reduction policies.
Shuchi Talati, the executive director of the Alliance for Just Deliberation on Solar Geoengineering, said, “The fact that this report even exists is probably the most consequential component of this release.”
Some scientists are reacting with horror merely to the suggestion of deploying chemicals into the earth’s atmosphere when there is no way of knowing the end result. The Union of Concerned Scientists says chemical geoengineering essentially mirrors the effect of a devastating volcano. Large volcanic eruptions also fill the earth’s atmosphere with debris that limits the sun’s access to the world’s surface.
In 1816, an eruption in Indonesia spewed so many toxins into the stratosphere that 1816 was dubbed “the year without a summer.”
At the Cop27 summit in Egypt, the United Nations entertained the idea of blocking the sun, but this was not universally well received. An organization called GeoEngineering Monitor, which followed events at Cop27, immediately started advertising for help with their growing campaign to oppose any attempts to alter the earth’s atmosphere by artificial means.
“Evidence points to a high likelihood that rather than improving the climate, they would make things worse – potentially even catastrophic,” the group states. They also warn that the technology would “inevitably be weaponized.”
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