Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Pollution is the Solution!

There is a way to effectively reverse "global warming" whether it is human caused or not. And the solution is within our grasp and could be implemented tomorrow with relatively little effect on the economy compared to other proposals. Mind you it is not a perfect solution, it does have it's own drawbacks, some are not inconsequential. But it is a solution that is working today and is economically speaking relatively benign. The answer? Pollution. Specifically soot and particulates like those that are generated from coal fired boilers and heavy diesel engines. When these particulates are released into the atmosphere they act as nucleation sites for water vapor. Droplets formed on soot tend to be smaller than those formed conventionally in nature. and clouds formed by smaller droplets have a much higher albedo than naturally occurring clouds.

Over the last 45-50 years, cloud cover generated in this manner has lowered the amount of sunlight reaching the earth by an average of 10-15% worldwide. Resulting in what is thought to be around 1-2 degrees C worth of cooling. So in forcing the implementation of the Clean Air Act, environmentalists have in effect made the situation worse. Sure, we don't have the acid rain, or the respiratory problems we used to have, but now we have a problem of too much CO2 and not enough clouds to counter it.

Here is my proposal. Scrap the "Clean Air Act", remove the scrubbers from power plant stacks and eliminate the requirement for catalytic converters and low sulfur diesel. Spend the money saved on building nuclear plants and CO2 sequestration systems. This should buy us enough time for the population to peak in the next 50 years and start retreating.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Hamous said...

#16 Rorschach

On my global dimming post on LST, I assumed you were joking, but apparently you weren't. Let me assure you I didn't "rip off" your story. I just saw the Nova episode a few weeks ago and then came across the study refuting their findings last week. Since I had not been to your blog I'm not sure how I would have known to give you credit. I don't think you and I are the only bloggers to post about this. Should we credit them all?

Trust me, if I find a story on another blog and then post on the same topic, I ALWAYS hat tip. Always.

September 24, 2007 5:30 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Hammy, no blood no foul. It just seemed like there was a pattern forming there over the last couple weeks between you and Texpat. I kept seeing subjects I had covered coming back up. I'm sure it was coincidence, but I was starting to wonder if the planets were aligning or something.

September 24, 2007 9:12 PM  

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