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US answer to global warming: smoke and giant space mirrors
Washington urges scientists to develop ways to reflect sunlight as

David Adam, environment correspondent
Saturday January 27, 2007 / The Guardian

The US government wants the world’s scientists to develop technology
to block sunlight as a last-ditch way to halt global warming, the
Guardian has learned. It says research into techniques such as giant
mirrors in space or reflective dust pumped into the atmosphere would
be “important insurance” against rising emissions, and has lobbied for
such a strategy to be recommended by a major UN report on climate
change, the first part of which will be published on Friday.

The US has also attempted to steer the UN report, prepared by the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), away from
conclusions that would support a new worldwide climate treaty based on
binding targets to reduce emissions – as sought by Tony Blair. It has
demanded a draft of the report be changed to emphasise the benefits of
voluntary agreements and to include criticisms of the Kyoto Protocol,
the existing treaty which the US administration opposes.

The final IPCC report, written by experts from across the world, will
underpin international negotiations to devise a new emissions treaty
to succeed Kyoto, the first phase of which expires in 2012. World
governments were given a draft of the report last year and invited to

The US response, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian,
says the idea of interfering with sunlight should be included in the
summary for policymakers, the prominent chapter at the front of each
IPCC report. It says: “Modifying solar radiance may be an important
strategy if mitigation of emissions fails. Doing the R&D to estimate
the consequences of applying such a strategy is important insurance
that should be taken out. This is a very important possibility that
should be considered.”

Scientists have previously estimated that reflecting less than 1% of
sunlight back into space could compensate for the warming generated by
all greenhouse gases emitted since the industrial revolution. Possible
techniques include putting a giant screen into orbit, thousands of
tiny, shiny balloons, or microscopic sulphate droplets pumped into the
high atmosphere to mimic the cooling effects of a volcanic eruption.
The IPCC draft said such ideas were “speculative, uncosted and with
potential unknown side-effects”.

The US submission is based on the views of dozens of government
officials and is accompanied by a letter signed by Harlan Watson,
senior climate negotiator at the US state department. It complains the
IPCC draft report is “Kyoto-centric” and it wants to include the work
of economists who have reported “the degree to which the Kyoto
framework is found wanting”. It takes issue with a statement that “one
weakness of the [Kyoto] protocol, however, is its non-ratificiation by
some significant greenhouse gas emitters” and asks: “Is this the only
weakness worth mentioning? Are there others?”

It also insists the wording on the ineffectiveness of voluntary
agreements be altered to include “a number of them have had
significant impacts” and complains that overall “the report tends to
overstate or focus on the negative effects of climate change.” It also
wants more emphasis on responsibilities of the developing world.

The IPCC report is made up of three sections. The first, on the
science of climate change, will be launched on Friday. Sections on the
impact and mitigation of climate change – in which the US wants to
include references to the sun-blocking technology – will follow later
this year.

The likely contents of the report have been an open secret since the
Bush administration posted its draft copy on the internet in April.
Next week’s science report will say there is a 90% chance that human
activity is warming the planet, and that global average temperatures
will rise another 1.5C to 5.8C this century depending on emissions.
The US response shows it accepts these statements, but it disagrees
with a more tentative conclusion that rising temperatures have made
hurricanes more powerful.


Friday, September 23, 2005

Idaho weatherman quits, says he wants to pursue hurricane theory

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – A Pocatello weatherman who gained attention for
an unusual theory that Hurricane Katrina was caused by the Japanese
mafia using a Russian electromagnetic generator has quit the
television station.

Scott Stevens’ last appearance on KPVI-TV was Thursday.

His departure comes after station officials learned a link labeled
“Make a Donation” on Stevens’ Web site,, where he
expounds on his theory, opened a payment form connected to Stevens’
KPVI e-mail address.

Still, station manager Bill Fouch, who’d told Stevens he should keep
his views separate from his TV role, insisted his former employee
wasn’t forced out.

“Scott advised me several months ago that he wouldn’t renew his
contract so he could devote full time to this,” Fouch said. “He wants
to get right at it.”

Stevens believes a little-known oversight in physical laws makes it
possible to create and control storms using a Cold War-era weapon
allegedly made by the Russians in 1976. The nine-year KPVI weatherman
said he’s received 120,000 hits on his Web site in two days, now gets
about 100 e-mails a day and has 15 radio bookings in the next five

“I needed more time to do everything that’s been put in front of me,”
said Stevens, 39. “I have not been able to dedicate the 40 hours a
week to this place.”

Earlier this week, scientists told the Idaho Falls Post Register the
theory was bogus.

“It’s laughable to think it (Hurricane Katrina) could have been
manmade,” said Rob Young, a hurricane expert at Western Carolina
University in Cullowhee, N.C.