(TheFreedomFlag.com)- Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is reportedly assisting a new project exploring the possibility of blocking the sun to beat global warming, in a move already proving controversial in its research phase.
Gates is one of 12 individual donors and some 14 foundations donating to a project that will release a balloon in Sweden in summer this year, in the Arctic town of Kiruna, which will release calcium carbonate particles – chalk dust – into the atmosphere. Researchers will then measure the effect that the dust has and see whether it can effectively reflect some of the energy from the sun and lower temperatures.
If you’re thinking it sounds familiar…it’s because Mr. Burns tried something similar on The Simpsons a long time ago.
The new project is called SCoPEx, short for the “Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment,” and it is designed to see whether the chalk dust could work on a large scale and reverse the greenhouse effect is global warming becomes a crisis in the near future.
At the very least it gives us an opportunity to protect the earth if Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Greta Thunberg turn out to be right…
The project has proven controversial, but one opinion poll from 2016 by Harvard University found that 67% of people believe solar geoengineering could be a good idea. Conservatives may also be swayed by the idea as it could allow for the continued use of fossil fuels in the short term, as green energy technology improves significantly.
For many people, however, it’s a dangerous, expensive, and crazy plan that belongs only in a sci-fi movie.
Professor Frank Keutsch of Harvard University recently spoke to The Times about the project, describing solar engineering projects like this as “terrifying” and only likely to be used if much of the world becomes totally inhabitable in the future. Keutsch is one of the scientists spearheading the project…and even he thinks it’s scary!
Another Harvard professor running the project, David Keith, played down the significance of the plans and said that it is only likely to be used in tandem with other carbon reduction methods.
“The decision we face now is whether to study it seriously… Doing serious investigation of what its risks are and how well it could work provides the next generation with better information to make a more informed decision,” he said to The Times.
Assuming the plans are given the go-ahead by the Swedish government, the balloon will be released in June 2021, and we’ll soon know whether this crazy plan will become a reality in the future.