(ConservativePeak.com)- If you thought Tesla CEO Elon Musk was kinda kooky, then listen to this story about Bill Gates. The Microsoft founder, who is estimated to have a fortune of roughly $129 billion, is reportedly planning to help scientists in a plan to stop global warming by dimming the sun.
The Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment, or SCoPEx, is a new plan expected to begin test runs in 2021 that involves dimming the sun by scattering light-reflecting particles into the air.
According to the project’s website, SCoPEx is aimed at advancing the understanding of “stratospheric aerosols that could be relevant to solar engineering.”
The summary of the project says that it is not a test for solar engineering, but will instead watch and “observe how particles interact with one another, with the background stratospheric air, and with solar and infrared radiation.”
The Daily Mail reports that the wacky project is funded by Bill Gates and is being pioneered by American scientists from Harvard University. It will initially cost $3 million to perform the test, and it will involve a weather balloon being set loose into the atmosphere roughly 12 miles above the New Mexico desert.
Scientists would then release roughly 2kg of calcium carbonate dust into the air, and the balloon would be steered through the cloud of dust, using sensors to measure the ability of the dust to reflect the sun’s rays. In theory, enough dust could reflect the sun’s rays so efficiently that it would reduce the impact of global warming.
Even one of the directors of the project at Harvard said that their idea is scary.
“Our idea is terrifying, but so is climate change,” Lizzie Burns said.
Scientists are not yet convinced it’s absolutely the way to go but are currently examining all the possible risks that could come with the idea. Some left-wing activists have also argued against the plan, suggesting that if it proves effective then oil companies and global governments would have less of a reason to stop using fossil fuels.
The original idea for the plan came from the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 in the Philippines. The dust scattered into the air by the explosion gave scientists an insight into how releasing dust into the atmosphere could reflect sunlight, given that global temperatures dropped for around 18 months by 0.5 degrees Celsius.
This could be genius…or it could be catastrophic. Are you on board with this crazy new idea?