This isn’t from The Onion… it was actually on the Weather Channel a few days ago:

Even Wile E. Coyote thinks these people are nuts.

Isn’t it funny how the same alarmists who freak out about the weed control you might apply to your lawn are the same ones who think it might be necessary to create a fake volcano to spray solar reflecting particulates containing God-knows-what into the atmosphere?

Before too long these morons will be trying to figure out a way to get rid of global warming once and for all by extinguishing the sun by pumping nitrogen through a giant garden hose. Problem solved.

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40 Responses to “Proposed Global Warming Deterrents: Aerosol Geoengineering and a Solar Umbrella”

  1. Truesoldier__ on July 2nd, 2012 4:05 pm

    Reminds me of that scence from Armagedon where the NASA scientists are trying to figure out how to make sure the asteroid doesn't hit Earth. One eve suggested deploying a huge solar sail on the asteroid so that solar winds would push it away.

  2. backwoodsconsr on July 2nd, 2012 4:31 pm

    Sulfur in the atmosphere? Acid rain!

  3. backwoodsconsr on July 2nd, 2012 4:38 pm

    I wouldn't want to reflect the sun's light away from the Earth. The free heat comes in handy in the winter.

  4. SignPainterGuy on July 2nd, 2012 5:25 pm

    I`m sure these geniuses will be hosing down the sun "at night" to protect them from the heat, right ?

  5. jeffythequick on July 2nd, 2012 5:32 pm

    That's one of Prince's best songs, isn't it?

  6. Truesoldier__ on July 2nd, 2012 5:32 pm

    Either that or they will wear sunscreen to avoid getting burned.

  7. jeffythequick on July 2nd, 2012 5:35 pm

    Technically, that could work, if they got to it early enough. At that point, you just need to nudge it out of the way, not blow it in two with a nuclear bomb. which, with that proximity to Earth as shown in the movie, is an even dumber outcome.

    The asteroid, if split in two, would probably achieve orbit and collide on the other side of the Earth, and doing all kinds of damage.

  8. Marshall_Will on July 2nd, 2012 5:40 pm

    As funding for Junque` science and shrimp on treadmills dries up, newer and bigger diabolical schemes must be dreamt up. Even if we could construct and assemble a deflector of this scale, light rays would reconverge shortly after passing it.

  9. SignPainterGuy on July 2nd, 2012 5:40 pm

    The idiot says at the end, "to mess with Mother Nature less, not more." WHAT ? And another idiot earlier says, "Yes, it will work." and they say it IS Viable. I find it incredulous that anyone would think getting enough mirrors into space would be at all doable, much less, feasible. Then there`s the idea of dumping gillions of tons of a gas that, BTW, KILLS mammals. Oh, and it smells like rotten eggs.

    Back the truck up! The wizards of smart who scream about global warming are admitting to being concerned about a rise in temps of 1/2 to 2 degrees over 50 years. It seems to me, if all those mirrors were placed accurately (and they actually stayed in place and didn`t return to earth as melted glass rain) and reflected sunlight to the degree they seem to want, wouldn`t that turn us into an ice ball ?

    This whole idea is just stoopid enuff to fool gobs of lib / tree huggers who can`t imagine the level of wasted money, effort and the loss of agriculture. For starters !

  10. Turbo on July 2nd, 2012 5:58 pm

    UNBELIEVABLE!! Even in the year 2012!!

  11. Marshall_Will on July 2nd, 2012 6:10 pm

    It's been rumored Hitler's "top men" were working on a 'Sun Gun' or a similar "solar foil" to either keep Das Fatherland with a 365 24/7 growing season or torch enemies.

    I admit the possibilities are fascinating, particularly when polishing off the last of the Scotch..?!@?&%^

    A foil perhaps the thickness of Reynolds Wrap (TM) might be viable but would quickly be tattered by meteorites, space junk etc. Even though hammered to a few mils, the weight still ramps up quickly.

    We can't even contain wild FIRES here ON earth. More "Love of Theory" I'm afraid.

  12. SignPainterGuy on July 2nd, 2012 6:33 pm

    "Love of Theory" is right. Yeah, I thought up LOTS of cool ideas in my younger, higher days, but too many couldn`t work.

    Isn`t soci – al-ism, com-mun-is-m, Keynesian nonsense just "Love of Theory" ?

    Think of the classic drawing of the ever-descending stairs, 4 flights that end up at the first landing. Looks good on paper, BUUUUT, it can`t work in practice !

    These people must be from the same lot that invented our gov.-run school system. Throw money AT it and it will work like a dream !

  13. SignPainterGuy on July 2nd, 2012 7:02 pm

    Last week I saw an article about the man who invented the whole Climate change hoax. He now admits it is a hoax and that all the enviros` actions and ideas don`t and can`t work ! He is of course being excoriated by his once loyal followers as a heretic ! Fascinating !

  14. SignPainterGuy on July 2nd, 2012 7:08 pm

    "sunscreen", made of what, ground up "solar umbrellas" ?

    Their brilliance is awe inspiring, as in, "Awe, fer cryin` out loud !"

  15. Marshall_Will on July 2nd, 2012 7:18 pm

    Look at the way our Oregon elected officials have clamored to the coast for photo ops with the flotsam & jetsom that's come ashore in the wake of last year's tsunami?

    "We'll be dealing with this 'issue' for years!" What issue? It's cr@p and it washes up on the beach every damned DAY. No doubt there's work afoot to not only make more of this than it merits, but also to set up yet another commission/funding/boondoggle.

    Mark my words…

  16. backwoodsconsr on July 2nd, 2012 7:29 pm

    Yes, given enough lead time an asteroid could be nudged into a different trajectory by simply applying something to it to make one side lighter or darker than the other. The difference in heating and cooling would cause small changes in its movement that would add up. Think of how much you would need to move a gun barrel away from a target at point blank range vs how little it would take from 200 yards away.

  17. jeffythequick on July 2nd, 2012 7:35 pm

    As an experienced engineer, we have this saying for the n00bs:

    To the ignorant, anything is possible.

    Doug, thank you for this article to help prove our little saying.

    Feel free to steal it, everyone.

  18. SignPainterGuy on July 2nd, 2012 7:39 pm

    No doubt the left-coasties are hoping to get a high radioactive reading on the flotsam so they can use it in their war on nuclear energy !

  19. SignPainterGuy on July 2nd, 2012 7:43 pm

    And for the fearful, everything is dangerous !

  20. Marshall_Will on July 2nd, 2012 8:04 pm

    Great point SPG. If they can get that geiger counter needle to deflect, however slightly, I see getting the World Court involved asap! You're fouling our pristine shores with radioactive WASTE! Nevermind most of that debris broke LOOSE -before- the reactor damage.

    Ahem, to the IGNORANT! I propose a toast: ( How's that Hopey Changey, "we can create any future that can be visualized!" BS workin' out for ya'? )

    As far as MM's Trolls, they've had the better part of 4 YEARS to make a point, case or get any meaningful traction. They have 'delivered' absolutely nothing! Wouldn't those a-holes time be better spent working the phones for Mr. H & C, doing fund raisers ANYTHING other than hanging around nitpicking day after day? Just ridiculous.

  21. SignPainterGuy on July 2nd, 2012 8:30 pm

    "Nit-picking trolls" ….. not just at MM`s place.

    I get email alerts fro IBD Editorials featuring Michael Ramirez`s latest political cartoon. I enjoy commenting on them and exchanging with "most" of the other commenters there, except one who admitted 4 cartoons back that he only comes there to be a pain in MR`s fan`s rears. What a hemorrhoid !

    This guy makes stupid comments, draws totally non-sequitor conclusions and falsely accuses us of saying exactly what it was HE who said ! And because it`s Facebook commenting, clicking "follow" or "unfollow" makes no difference, you get email notifications of replies regardless ! It makes me not want to bother commenting, but I hate to let leftie fools win !

    The guy claims to be a filmmaker and "personal Shiva". What ?

  22. jeffythequick on July 2nd, 2012 10:28 pm

    One of the things that the new kids wanted to do when addressing particle issues in a piece of semiconductor processing equipment was to develop a $10 million strategy to zap particles with laser beams, and the like, when a $10 wipe and 30 minutes would solve the problem.

    Fun questions to ask:
    What happens to those particles when you zap them?
    When you zap them, now you have two particles, half the size, what are you going to do with those?

    And while I agree that putting up smoke screens and mirrors will cool the earth, why, again are we wanting to do this?

    To solve a problem that was a hoax to begin with?
    To see what problems we can create with this "solution"?
    To see the extent of our stupidity?
    Does Al Gore own a mirror manufacturing plant, and he needs more money, since his Cap and Trade scheme went up in smoke?

  23. clu seatoe on July 3rd, 2012 12:17 am

    A four trillion dollar solar umbrella?
    I’ll bet the plan is for the U.S. to pay for it.
    Who decides which part of the earth the “umbrella” covers?
    If it covers the U.S., will it cover my house? Hummm, I’m not sure that’s OK.
    Will it block the sun from the fertile Great Planes? I’m not sure THAT’S OK.
    The fertile Southeast? I’m not sure THAT’S OK. The fertile Central Valley of California? I’m not sure THAT’S OK.
    Will it block the sun from the Northeast, thereby stretching out winter?

    Well, you get the idea. Even if it did work, I don’t want it on MY street! There goes the neighborhood.

  24. SignPainterGuy on July 3rd, 2012 12:49 am

    Interesting questions all. Do the half-size semi-conductor particles exhibit half-power conductivity ? Or half the conductivity ? If the latter, isn`t that contrary to semi-conductor research ?

    As to the rest, I suspect once the money is accumulated, there is no plan other than dividing it up. The most likely result of any of this coming to fruition is worse problems than we / they want to deal with. Leave the hoax as a hoax.

  25. SignPainterGuy on July 3rd, 2012 12:51 am

    I think both plans will just create a myriad of new problems where NONE existed !

  26. clu seatoe on July 3rd, 2012 1:29 am

    I think you may be right. The sun was created to shine on the earth for a multitude of reasons.

    The height of man’s arrogance is to think that he can improve on the work of his Creator.

  27. SignPainterGuy on July 3rd, 2012 2:43 am

    I`m POSITIVE you`re right !!

  28. backwoodsconsr on July 3rd, 2012 9:28 am

    I don't know, but I suspect acid may be causing the global warming hallucinations.

  29. Marshall_Will on July 3rd, 2012 10:59 am

    Clu,

    And how would faux scientists contend w/ the ROTATION of the earth at the Solstice and Equinox? Guess they'd have to re-position it every couple of months or um… deflect the sun's rays from north of the Arctic Circle?

  30. jeffythequick on July 3rd, 2012 11:04 am

    What happens to that reflected light? Does it just go "out there"? I think we may have issues the reflected heat warming the other planets.

    I don't want to be responsible for Uranus warming.

  31. Marshall_Will on July 3rd, 2012 11:05 am

    "Shiva ( /???v?/; Sanskrit: ??? ?iva, meaning "auspicious one") is a major Hindu deity, and is the Destroyer or Transformer among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine. He is regarded as the most powerful god in hinduism."

    Or basically, in his case, a flake. Trolls can't see the conflict of their adjudicating hour upon hour day after day being a "2" on our aggravation meter [when] if they had any real conviction to their beliefs, they'd be volunteering for Obama or his sycophants.

  32. backwoodsconsr on July 3rd, 2012 11:18 am

    Then don't put me on the hot seat!

  33. clu seatoe on July 3rd, 2012 11:40 am

    Like, what web site did you buy your PHD from?

  34. jeffythequick on July 3rd, 2012 12:05 pm

    Probing questions, indeed…

  35. jeffythequick on July 3rd, 2012 12:09 pm

    Will,

    Don't be silly. They'll make it like the screens you see in the SUV to protect the kiddie's eyes (eyelids don't work with those newfangled kids nowadays…)

    In the summer, you just send someone out there to pull the shade down, and in the winter, just pull it down a little more, then zip! it goes back up!

    Hold on… it's wearing off… someone, quick! Get me another 6 pack of Stupid, so I can understand what the faux scientists are thinking!

  36. SignPainterGuy on July 3rd, 2012 1:47 pm

    No doubt, that version is far superior to the Cracker Jack one because you have to pay postage, shipping and handling ! Oh, and a 50% OFF coupon for custom framing !

  37. SignPainterGuy on July 3rd, 2012 1:55 pm

    "Auspicious" certainly fits him as well as flake, but I`m just curious about the "Personal" part; is he someone`s life coach / spiritual guide or more along the lines of thinking he is his own and some lost souls` god ?

    Donkey fits too !

  38. SignPainterGuy on July 3rd, 2012 1:58 pm

    "six pack of stupid"; ah, now we know from whence cometh your unique perspective on the subjects ! ;-)

  39. backwoodsconsr on July 3rd, 2012 3:08 pm

    They don't call him quick for nothing.

  40. jeffythequick on July 3rd, 2012 7:26 pm

    It refers to reload time… ;)

    As for the perspective, it helps to have some when dealing with the co-workers that started clapping and dancing at 10:30am last Thursday.

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