(ConservativePeak.com)- Microsoft founder Bill Gates literally has a plan to dim the sun to beat global warming, and it’s proving controversial with both the left and the right.
The crazy-sounding plan is reportedly moving forward “quietly,” and is designed to help reduce increasing global temperatures.
According to a Reuter report, the project is funded by Bill Gates and operated by Harvard University. It plans to “test out a controversial theory that global warming can be stopped by spraying particles into the atmosphere that would reflect the sun’s rays.”
Does anybody remember the Futurama episode when they dropped a giant ice cube into the sea to temporarily stop global warming? No?
The Reuters report says that the Swedish Space Corporation has agreed to take part in the study and will help researchers test out their theory.
Scientists will work with the space agency to spray tiny, sun-reflecting particles into the stratosphere. The plan has reportedly been on hold for several years owing to concern over the possibility that it would stop progress in cutting the emission of greenhouse gases if it proves effective.
“In a small step, the Swedish Space Corporation agreed this week to help Harvard researchers launch a balloon near the Arctic town of Kiruna next June,” Reuters reported. “It would carry a gondola with 600kh of scientific equipment 20 km (12 miles) high.”
Back in 2018, the “Nature” journal explained how the idea simply involves spraying the particles into the stratosphere, which would then reflect the sun’s rays back into space. An article published in the journal by Jeff Tollefson said that scientists had already seen the principle in action.
“When Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it injected an estimated 20 million tonnes of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere — the atmospheric layer that stretches from about 10 to 50 kilometres above Earth’s surface,” Tollefson explained.
“The eruption created a haze of sulfate particles that cooled the planet by around 0.5 °C. For about 18 months, Earth’s average temperature returned to what it was before the arrival of the steam engine.”
Should everything go to plan, the tests will likely take place in the fall of 2021 or the spring of 2022 and would involve spraying a small amount of “non-toxic calcium carbonate dust” into the atmosphere to see if it is effective.
If it proves effective, it could massively halt the economy-destroying “Green New Deal” and similar efforts being pushed globally, so perhaps it’s no wonder that far-left activists are as critical of this idea as conservatives.
The main argument coming from conservatives appears to be that nobody really knows how to accurately predict the earth’s climate, and playing with something on such a large scale could prove disastrous down the line.
What do you think about Bill Gates’ latest big idea?