Global warming alarmists fight efforts to lower global temperatures | EDITORIAL
The people most concerned about global warming should be the most excited about geoengineering solutions. That they are not is telling.
On Wednesday, Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida, causing massive damage. He destroyed countless houses and left millions without electricity. He turned roads into rivers. Some areas appeared to have been bombed. The storm and flooding left damage that will take years to recover from. At least 125 people were killed, but President Joe Biden said it could become “the deadliest hurricane in Florida history”.
There were the usual stories linking the storm to global warming. “Climate change is making storms like Ian more common,” read one NPR Title. “How Climate Change Is Fast Fueling Super Hurricanes”, The Washington Post affirmed.
Let’s put aside the double standard. Climate alarmists would scoff at those who suggest that a series of colder temperatures disproves global warming. At the same time, however, they breathlessly tout every flood, tornado, hurricane, wildfire, heatwave, thunderstorm or cold snap to claim that humans are heading towards extinction because of rising temperatures. .
But if you think global warming is years away from inflicting human catastrophe, lowering temperatures might be your top priority. This is why environmentalists are demanding a shift from carbon-based fuels, regardless of the cost and lost economic opportunities, especially for those in poorer countries.
In fact, the greens have erected obstacles to some scientific efforts to combat climate change. Last year, Harvard scientists wanted to release some calcium carbonate or sulfate particles into the atmosphere above Sweden. The experiment aimed to gain insights into whether adding glowing chemicals to the atmosphere could reflect more sunlight. It could cool the Earth. This is called stratospheric geoengineering.
But, “These plans were met with utter panic. Activist groups said the ‘risks of catastrophic consequences’ were too great and there was ‘no acceptable reason’ to allow the project to go ahead”, Reason.com reported.
The Swedish government canceled the experiment. It’s not the first time something like this has happened. British scientists embarked on a similar experiment several years ago. They too have seen their efforts stifled by environmentalists.
It seems the Greens’ biggest concern is that these types of trials can actually work. It would undermine extremist rhetoric about human extinction and erode support for imposing the kind of draconian central planning that environmental activists are pushing under the guise of fighting global warming.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently expressed “great confidence” that geoengineering efforts could counter the impact of greenhouse gases. This should be cause for celebration. Instead, it freaks out global warming alarmists, which reveals their true priorities.