Nothing anyone is doing has accomplished anything meaningful to prevent climate change.
Sorry to be so blunt about it, but it’s true. Greenhouse gas emissions keep rising, hitting record levels despite the CFL bulb, the Prius, EcoMagination, solar and wind power, the EU’s carbon-trading scheme, etc. Nice tries don’t matter to the atmosphere.
The only thing that’s curbed carbon dioxide pollution on a scale that’s meaningful is the global recession.
This is why—unless and until scientists discover a breakthrough in clean energy or political leaders impose a global fossil-fuel tax or carbon emissions cap—we need to thing seriously about geoengineering.
A good place to start is with a recent report from the GAO, Congress’s research arm, called Climate Engineering: Technical Status, Future Directors and Potential Responses. It offers solid information and glimmers of optimism for those of us looking for a way out of the climate crisis. [click to continue…]