So now “clean air” causes global warming.
As Ed Driscoll at PajamasMedia said, “The religion of environmentalism has come full circle”:
Just in time for “Earth Day”, the L.A. Times explains “Why cleaner air could speed global warming.”
No, really, that’s the headline:
Cleaner air, one of the signature achievements of the U.S. environmental movement, is certainly worth celebrating.
But even as industrialized and developing nations alike steadily reduce aerosol pollution — caused primarily by burning coal — climate scientists are beginning to understand just how much these tiny particles have helped keep the planet cool.
In the face of severe climate risks, credible scientists are beginning to study geo-engineering — tinkering with global systems to reduce warming directly. One scheme is to spew sulfates or other sun-blocking particles miles high in the stratosphere. If it worked, it would mimic the natural cooling effect of volcanoes, replacing the near-surface sulfate mask with a much higher one. But the possible side effects could be dire, including damage to the ozone layer. The potential geopolitical implications, like wars over the thermostat, could be devastating as well.
We might need geo-engineering to stave off the worst effects of the warming. But most climate scientists think we’re not there yet. And so the most important thing we can do now is to train our sights on both the unexpectedly helpful sulfates and the unexpectedly pernicious carbon. We can’t continue to only focus on traditional pollutants without reducing greenhouse emissions. We simply have to find a way to clean our air of both.
So, we’re damned if we do, we’re damned if we don’t when it comes to global warming. So, if we’re damned either way, shouldn’t we just start drilling holes all throughout the globe to drain it of its oil since we’re all going to die anyway?
Also, Mr. Driscoll links to a Wall Street Journal editorial penned by Penn Gillette (bad pun). It’s a really good read and you should check it out.